Next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata going on a serious diet

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The next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata will be all about loosing weight. Sources say that engineers have been ordered to cut 720 pounds from the 2,480-pound curb weight of the current model. The goal is to get the next-generation Mazda Miata to its character of the 1989 original, which weight 2,178 pounds.

While insiders say that the target may not be met, progress on the weight-loss for the Miata is ‘not bad.’ Engineers are using high-strength steels for the body, a smaller, lighter engine and a more minimalist specification to cut extra pounds from the Miata.

Power for the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata could come from an engine as small as a 1.4L turbocharged unit with direct-injection and variable cam phasing as part of Mazda’s SkyActiv engineering efficiency program

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Inside Line