Report: An all-wheel drive Mazda MX-5 is being contemplated

CarAdvice down yonder reports Mazda might be interested in producing an all-wheel drive version of the MX-5. Yes, that would make it a compact, lightweight (relatively, it’ll obviously still be slightly heaveir than the standard MX-5), all-wheel drive roadster.

That sounds pretty bad ass, like a what a convertible Subaru BR-Z with all-wheel drive would be like.

According to the Australian outlet, who spoke withMazda’s Tetsushi Marutani, the idea is a possibility that came across the table.

Although it is an idea, Marutani apparently and specifically said, many things have to be taken into consideration, such as how that will affect the Mazda’s handling and performance, which are highly coveted characteristics for the current MX-5.

Mazda wouldn’t want to really compromise on any of those factors, however, Marutani implied, if it can be done, it is possible.

An all-wheel drive drivetrain in the MX-5 would include some extra ride height to accentuate the all-wheel drive traction of said theoretical MX-5. It’ll also be needed to accomodate the extra equipment, such as a transfer case, and front-end axle with a differential. So that means more weight as well. But hey, Mazda had the last-generation MX-5 offered with an optional folding power hardtop.

And by any stretch or means, the current Miata is a crap times lighter than the last model.

The last and final, but major consideration: because of the extra weight, that means more stress on the engine,  so more power will be needed, which means less fuel economy.

Do you think an all-wheel drive Mazda MX-5 is something Mazda should do?

– By: Chris Chin

Source: CarAdvice


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  • rocketmen2k5

    Mazda will need to reconsider it’s HP & Torque if they add all-wheel drive. Thinking in the range of 50-75 HP.