• Dec 11, 2009
Mazda MX-5 Miata Superlight Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Are big changes ahead for the Miata? As a blog that's gone on record as adoring the current iteration (and all previous – Ed.) of Mazda's quintessential sportscar, that notion is a bit worrisome. Still, it sounds as if the company is going in the right direction. According to Inside Line, the 2011 MX-5 Miata will shrink in size a bit with an expected curb weight of just 2,200 pounds. That low weight should pay big dynamic dividends as well as boost efficiency, but the big news on that front will be an all-new engine.

Powering the next-gen Miata will reportedly be either a 1.3-liter or 1.5-liter version of the four-cylinder SKY-G engine (G as in gasoline) that Mazda showed off earlier this year at the Tokyo Motor Show. With an expected power rating near 150 horsepower, the current model's power-to-weight ratio would remain intact (the 2009 model boasts 167 hp), and Mazda reportedly predicts the downsized mill will return in excess of 50 miles per gallon in the little sportscar. Consider our interest piqued.


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[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Making it smaller would decrease the potential buyer pool. I'm 5'10" 180lbs and felt claustrophobic in the NA and NB model Miatas. The NC is the first one that I would feel comfortable owning. The NC is the right size for a modern minimalistic 2 seater sports car. Anything smaller would be a no go for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just please offer it in a coupe or shooting brake design. Or something with a real roof.

      I'd LOVE a MX5, and almost bought one... but the leaky roof killed it. Ok if you leave it in a garage 90% of the time... but I don't want a garage queen, I want a car I can drive anywhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The concept looks quite ugly. I prefer the looks of the current Miata.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is there a concept for the next Miata?
      • 5 Years Ago
      was naming it "SKY-G" a coincidence? cuz it looks awfully like the Saturn Sky front end.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the name of the engine :p
        I miss the saturn sky..
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is a current Miata roadster that they built to show off weight saving techniques not the next gen car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, I love the miata (have owned 5). Mazda, until now, has not been an automaker to focus on mpg. Look at their entire lineup until almost 05, and none of their cars got 30 mpg. Not the Protege, miata, (rx's go without saying) etc. They make cars that are fun to drive, and seem to understand that their cars get taken to auto-x courses more often than any other automaker. That requires a gearing address. But it is lame to have a 2200 lb car with a 1.6L engine and not get 30. I'm glad they're addressing that, and am confident they've found a way to do so without sacrificing the sporting nature of the car. Mazda isn't one to make concessions. What is difficult for me is that the car will still only have two seats. I need at least 3. But if they release a 2200lb car with a 1.5L, 50mpg, fun to drive, and keep the price reasonable, I'll make a "shooting brake" top for it, and put a seat in the "trunk".
      • 5 Years Ago
      2200 lbs and smaller (from the factory!). It's the return of the golden age of sports cars. Can't wait until they're stripped down well south of the one ton mark for SCCA racing and such. And if you hang around long enough, vintage will be fun in say, 30 years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The original NA Miatas are starting to become vintage! Anyone looking for a clean, low-mile, unmolested example is looking at nearly $6000 now and it's rising fast. But with some Chapparal's and pinch of suspension, it's a sweet little semi-vintage roadster.

        Race prepped, (stripped out, with a roll cage) these are under 2100 lbs. and run with Lotus Elises. Pretty good for not a lot of dough.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A traditional British style roadster with Japanese reliability.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No Turbo = No bid. Need at least the possibility of 200bhp with minor mods....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whah! It doesn't have 10000000hp! Whah!

        *That's all I'm hearing
      • 5 Years Ago
      Guys, the car pictured is the Miata Superlight concept. It has nothing to do with the next gen car. Just goes to show that Mazda is committed to making the Miata lighter.

      I believe the weight and power, but I am a little suspect of the fuel economy. The Miata was never a very slippery car.
      matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      That car has the stupidest smiley face on it since the new Mazda 3. What a rip off of the Stirling Moss SLR. barf!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        So young...so naive....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully Mazda doesn't pull an MR2 (taking a sweet looking turboed T-top coupe with a fanatical following [2nd gen], converting the design to an unattractive convertible, then neutering it with a bullsh!t engine)
      • 5 Years Ago
      A 2200lb Miata with 150hp? Excuse while I check on my finances...
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