Much is expected of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, primarily significant weight savings and a bit more power. The new roadster will be co-developed with Alfa Romeo as part of a joint-venture agreed upon last May. A report in What Car? suggests that that Mazda's benefits won't be limited to the hard bits, claiming that personalization possibilities for the new car will be "similar" to those of the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. The stated aim is for additional customization is "to help a customer's relationship with the car," but on a more basic level, they are popular within the segment. And depending on how Mazda structures pricing, it can fatten up the profit margin significantly.

The date of arrival is predicted to be 2015, and What Car? says the coming roadster should be around 220 pounds lighter than the current model, weighing in at 2,200 pounds. True, that isn't the 700-pound drop engineers were aiming for, but it's not small beer on such a tiny car. Power is said to come from a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 200 horsepower which would represent a 33-horsepower bump over the 2012 to propel a lighter, stiffer car. Sign us up.


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      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I remember previous reports of Mazda claiming more weight reduction while having a less powerful engine, keeping the power-weight ratiothe same. I suppose they fell well short of their weight loss goals, so they just compensated with more power. Either way, it's a great car now, and will soon be even better.
      JOSEPH
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's a good idea, and needed, I have wondered before why your choices are so limited, compared to say a Mini. Playing around with their configurator you only have 5 paint choices, and the interior is either black or tan, and you can't choose which one you want. You want a black car with a tan interior? Can't have it. You want a blue car with a black interior? Can't have it. I hope they open the whole thing up so you can order whatever combination you want, as well as add more exterior and interior colors. As far as the engine goes, a small, high strung turbo sounds good to me.
        Stew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JOSEPH
        I've always been curious what the RX-8 engine would feel like in the Miata.
      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the last paragraph from a different story about some other car? This is the first I've heard about a 1.3 turbo for the MX5 and flies in the face of everything Mazda has been claiming re non-turbo Skyactivs being the future...
      Oops! Try again.
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about giving us the one thing you never have but Mini has in spades: HEADROOM. Not all of use are 5.6" japanese men. My TT has tons of it.
        purplewonagain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Oops! Try again.
        Try putting the top down, increases headroom significantly.
        SAAj
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Oops! Try again.
        I'm 6'2". I fit in every generation of Miata. Comfortably? No. If I wanted comfort, I'd buy an old Sedan De Ville.
        P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Oops! Try again.
        I'm 6'1 and fit in one with room to spare. Is it confining? Of course. It's a small roadster - You wear it! But it's still plenty comfy and I can fit with my helmet fine if I adjust a bit.
        mcdull
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Oops! Try again.
        Sorry that Miata is not for you. You need those cars shaped like a bubble or just get an SUV.
        ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Oops! Try again.
        I'm 6 foot tall and not skinny and I fit comfortably in both my NA and my NB Miata. I've never been inside an NC Miata but I'm guessing they have even more room. I own an M5 so it's not like I don't know what a big car feels like but the Miata is still good to sit in. The cockpit makes you feel snug and cozy but never cramped.
        Oops! Try again.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Oops! Try again.
        I'm 5'11" with a 32" inseam and 33" arms. I have never been able to fit in any generation miata without my head rubbing on the ceiling or the seat all the way back with my arms straight out. The crossbar location is the problem. My Del Sol had 3" of extra headroom. My TT has over 2" of extra headroom. An S2000 has 1.5" of extra headroom. This is a design flaw of the Miata.
      Steven
      • 2 Years Ago
      Which car is better? http://www.formvote.com/discuss.php?postid=451093740238423
      subierider
      • 2 Years Ago
      I asked Mazda why they weren't producing white color for hardtop version and they said because it has panel gaps that are too wide for white color. -_- I see that white option is even gone from this year's models on softtop models as well. Give customers more options and colors!!!
      kool350z
      • 2 Years Ago
      I race with them every weekend autoslalom, they are awsome and are one of the top choices among enthusiasts of the sport. It would be great if they could make the car more masculine, just cant buy a car that has a chickmobile stigma. No matter how much it performs.
        ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kool350z
        I don't mean it as an insult but a real man doesn't care about "chick mobile stigma". If you drive it with confidence then people don't screw with you about that. If you exude nervousness about driving a Miata then your friends will pounce on you for having a Miata aha
          mcdull
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
          I agreed. I think I have yet to see a female driver on Miata, though I haven't really specifically to look out every Miata on the road. Anyway, for whatever reason, I've only seen male drivers on Miata. And they are the real men that really know about car and know what they're getting, rather than just buying a car because of the appearance.
        Stew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kool350z
        If you think a car makes you look girly, I have bad news for you... it's not the car.
      delsolo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the new Miata could deliver highway MPGs in the mid 30s rather than 28, almost to that of a Corvette, it would be a dominate sales player again.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @delsolo1
        To be fair the city mpg is nearly double the corvettes
        PeterScott
        • 2 Years Ago
        @delsolo1
        I think Mazda sandbagged the EPA test. While both Miata and Corvette Convertible get 28 MPG highway at EPA. Consumer reports got: Miata 20 / 35 Corvette 14 / 31 So it already does get mid 30's on the highway.
        AXEL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @delsolo1
        GM always have skewed highway mileage due to their final drive. While you really will receive advertised mileage, you won't be having fun while doing it.
      opelgt70
      • 2 Years Ago
      I seriously considered buying an FR-S / BRZ, and the one thing that held me back was this. Gotta wait till this car comes out to make the final verdict.
      TIMMAH!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they can also bring the prices down as well as the weight. The $30K+ prices are a bit over-the-top. I remember when this use to be a great 'affordable' roadster.
      luvtheride
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate to be picky here. But you are an autoblog. It's "MINI", not "Mini". Like BMW is not written "Bmw".
        Codeman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luvtheride
        BMW is an acronym (all capitals), Mini is a name (first letter capitalized). It depends on the writer, but in the English language, luckily most adhere to this standard conventions (e.g. http://www.economist.com/style-guide/capitals, see "Trade Names"); some, however, will stylize brand names in the same way the owners did. Strangely, in the German language, it's common practice to write brand names in the style chosen by marketing people. Personally, I think that's lame, as it can make text harder to read.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like a good thing to me.
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