• Jun 30, 2009
We've seen it happen a million times: a small car is successful, then the automaker ruins it by making it larger and heavier to satisfy what it thinks the average buyer is after. Fortunately, that hasn't been the case with the Mazda MX-5, which – retractable hardtop option notwithstanding – the Japanese automaker has always been careful not to spoil the core elements of the MX-5. So we'll take reports that Mazda is preparing an even smaller MX-2 with a grain of salt. But a small one.
According to the speculation, a future MX-2 would come in noticeably smaller than the full-size Miata, and therefore require smaller engines. Something between 700cc and 1.6-liter engines are reportedly in store, with a turbo at the top end delivering 160 horsepower. No word on layout, but we'd grudgingly expect a front-drive set-up when the purported MX-2 is unveiled as early as 2012.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      How about focusing on an RX8 with some HP.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and less "ugly" (the RX-8 could look a whole lot prettier...I'm just sayin')
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol exactly. and crafting some metal over those smiley faces.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No way that will make it here. The miata is a fun car, but at only 5'11" I felt way to cramped with the top up. I bought an RX-8 instead. I think they need a two seat supercharged RX-7, make 300hp, sleek curvy lines, and no hint of a smiley face at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Given that the MX-5 hasn't strayed too far in size from the original (which was quite small as it is), I don't know if there's a market for an even smaller roadster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Listen up you morons over at Mazda: just build a real coupe version of the current miata and call it a day. That's the car Mazdaphiles have been begging you to build for 20 years. No one has ever said, you know what I need is an even smaller miata. A lighter miata yes, smaller no. The next gen miata is supposed to loose 100-200lbs so that part is taken care of. Now just build us a coupe d@mnit. I'll even take the Kabura project that you killed off for no reason (you could have beat Hyundai to the punch with the whole affordable rwd turbo 4cyl coupe, but nooooo.... now look where you are bastages. Oh yea, throw in a mazdaspeed version with the turbo 4cyl from the 'speed three and we're good. Thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AMEN! The Kabura was one of the hottest small cars I've ever laid eyes on. Kept my fingers crossed... and nothing. :(

        They could have even made it on a platform with Ford. At the SAME NAIAS show in 2006, Ford showed the Reflex concept that had a VERY similar stance / size to the Kabura. Making BOTH vehicles (just like we see with the Edge and CX-7) was a no-brainer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol yeah... ok... i dont believe this for a second
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mazda should name it "MX-K(ei)"...if it comes into fruition.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't believe it and please no.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with James

        Make it a RWD and fun Kei and I would buy it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm calling shenanigans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BUILID IT AND I'LL BUY IT!
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everything I've heard says the Miata is going to be closer to the size of the first gen. So I doubt this rumor is true.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        1. Hope they don't 'FWD' it. The MX-5 needs to loose some weight, thats all.

        2. RX8 needs more power or significantly better fuel economy.

        3. There needs to be a stop to these 'smiley' faces.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I personally don't think the Miata needs to get smaller - with the latest generation, there is finally a Miata that I can fit into (It's traditionally not a car for tall people). However, if the next Miata looks like this rendered speculation does, I'm in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sub miata? so it only goes in reverse its so slow?
      Kidding
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think a better idea would be to bring the Mazda 2 (Demio) over! It's such a fun looking small car; I'd buy one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would only be successful in Japan and perhaps Europe. Wouldn't be worth the hassle to attempt to bring it to the US where people would only joke about having to buy a second one for the other foot.
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