• Aug 4, 2010
Mazda MX-5 Miata – Click above for high-res image gallery

The original Mazda MX-5 made its U.S. debut in 1989, and back then, the Miata was a lithe little roadster that immediately drew praise for its superior handling and a fun-to-drive nature. Each generation that followed packed on more pounds and additional amenities, slightly blunting the car's appeal as a simple roadster at an affordable price. But the next MX-5 – due to arrive in 2012 – Mazda has set a target weight of 2,200 pounds and returning it to its former glory.

At just over a ton, the next-gen MX-5 will tip the scales slightly more than the original 1989 model, but it will still retain its 50/50 weight distribution that makes the roadster a wonderfully balanced machine. To keep weight in check, Mazda will employ one of its newly-developed, SKY-G gasoline engines which the company claims will boost efficiency by 15 percent while also increasing power over previous engine designs. Mazda predicts that its next-gen MX-5 could touch 50 miles per gallon, a remarkable achievement for the quintessential roadster.



Photos copyright ©2009 Chris Paukert / Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      move over Smart and MINI, THIS is the ultimate daily city commuter car, and more!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Recycled "news".

      "News" in quotes because autocar is the National Enquirer of car news.

      I read the same exact speculation over a year ago. Right down the exact 2200 lb weight and the Sky-G engine.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes me ovulate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking through the photos makes me want one, but I'd prefer it in a more restrained color.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I drive a '99 NB everyday, and I have a blast everyday driving it, despite some quirks and annoyances. I recently test drove a 2010 NC and was blown away by the improvements to engine response and acceleration. But, of course, you don't buy a Miata for drag racing, and the NC was incredible in the corners, much more fun than an SLK350 I also test drove (not that the SLK was boring). However, you could feel the weight and refinement over my NB. The NC didn't really communicate with me like '99 does, especially in the steering department. That said, I would gladly own a Miata in its current incarnation, although, I'd be slightly disappointed knowing what's coming in the Miata's future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BRING IT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      YES!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mazda!!!

        Make a coupe version already!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Paul

        I consider myself a "carguy" and horsepower is not the be-all end-all for me. Power/weight ratios, suspension feel, steering feedback, 60-0, these are all things that I, as a carguy, look forward to.

        Sadly, you are right though in two respects. Life is currently preventing me from buying an MX-5 and too many idiots think they are true carguys. My brother in-law is a good example. He bought a Mustang that is undergoing every engine mod he can afford. I asked him about his plans for the suspension and brakes. His response: "who cares about them?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is relevant to my interests!!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        LoL that's exactly what I was intending to write-- I agree wholeheartedly. YES!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would be great! Perhaps, they could offer it as a convertible, PRHT, and a hatchback coupe. To top it all a high performance model with a V6 similar to the Ford Ecoboost or even better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think these reactions are exactly like the pro-sportwagon ones: We all LOVE the idea, but how many of you are *actually going to buy*?

        Not many, I'm afraid. Particularly since this lightweight roadster will have LESS horsepower than it does now. Great for maintaining its character, racing potential and tossibility but not so much suiting the go-fast dreams of "car guys."

        Still, as an owner of an NA, I can't wait and I will buy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Setting goals is great!!...


        But achieving them is even better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      its like the ultimate chic car
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is such a tired, old, lame saw. Give it up.

        Not many "chics" racing, but go to any road racing event and most cars there will be Mazdas, and most of those will be Miatas with men behind the wheel who make you look like about as manly as Liberace.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lots of chicks and dudes race Miatas at your local autocross course.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude. Get over yourself. Go drive one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Japan, F*%< YEAH
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mazda gets it.

      Long live the best driver's car company in the World.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Long live Lotus!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Excellent...Toyota, are you listening? If the MX-5 really is/was the benchmark for the FT-86, things could get interesting come 2012.
      • 4 Years Ago
      will buy!
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