The curb weight of the new 2006 Mazda MX-5 is, ready… only 22 pounds heavier than the 2005 model (approx 2460 pounds for a MT car). How's that you say? The car is bigger, has a bigger engine and more features. The frame is 22 percent stiffer and torsional rigidity is increased 47 percent. Weight distribution is still 50:50. How did they do this? By paying attention to every gram of every part of the new car. Engineers knew that weight was the Miata's enemy and did all they could to add comfort and keep weight down. Tomorrow, we'll get into the concept of "Jinba Ittai" and how Mazda engineers used it to keep the MX-5 close to it's 1989 roots.
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