Front Exterior View - 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-door Convertible PRHT Man Grand TouringEnlarge Photo
A car that weighs less than 3,000 pounds is a rare one in an automotive landscape filled with safety and emission regulations. Despite this, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the lightest cars for the money. Both the soft-top and Power Retractable Hard Top models have curb weights hovering around 2,500 pounds. Thankfully this isn’t too far off from the original 1989 Miata’s 2,100 pound weight, which makes it one of the few cars to really gain model bloat over the years.
Mazda always try to save weight on their beloved roadster, but Autocar is reporting that the next generation will be looking to go on a diet. Engineers will be looking to scrimp enough weight to drop the curb weight back down to 2,200 pounds. This isn’t an easy task since the best weight reduction choices, like replacing an iron engine block with an aluminum one, has already been done.
The next car will continue the look of the current Nagare influenced design seen on the 2009 face-lifted MX-5 Miata, despite other sources that the being abandoned since Laurens van den Acker left Mazda for Renault in 2009.
Other news that Autocar mentions is the possibility that the new MX-5 will offer a dual-clutch automatic transmission alongside a six-speed manual gearbox.