AutomotiveNews apparently heard Mazda is preparing a Miata with a fixed roof in addition to the new MX-5 being revealed in just a few short weeks.
This could be one of the many models popping up from Mazda’s new lineup changeover, which includes a new addition of the CX-3, a new CX-9, a Mazdaspeed3, and the new aforementioned Miata. The current Miata could be had with a folding hardtop and soft top, so this would mark the first time the Miata ever came with a fixed roof from the factory.
Despite the addition of some extra metal, the coupe supposedly doesn’t way much more than the original Miata, at 2,100lbs, most likely because the coupe doesn’t need chassis reinforcement and more construction for the folding roof, leading to a heavier car. This could also improve ride quality and handling from increasing torsional rigidity with the chassis.
A new SKYACTIV 2.0L naturally-aspirated four-banger would serve duty for go-power should all go as planned. The choice of a six-speed auto or manual will be offered.
– By: Chris Chin