Everyone knows those upside-downers in Australia are already living in the future, but how far in the future are they, exactly? A new report from Oz claims to have the specs of the 2016 Mazda MX-5—even though engineers have not yet finalized the car’s tune.

The report, from Motoring, claims the 2016 Mazda MX-5’s curb weight and engine output are now known—and they’re rather impressive.

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According to Motoring, the fourth-generation MX-5 will weigh just 1,020 kg—or about 2,250 lbs. That’s in Japanese spec, of course, so things may change before it makes it to the U.S.—assuming the report is correct. The number is very believable, however, as Mazda has claimed a 100 kg (220 lb) weight savings for the new car over the outgoing third-generation MX-5, which commonly weighs around 2,450 lbs, depending on trim.

But what about power? The report claims the engine will displace 1.5 liters, bear the Skyactiv badge, and generate just 128 horsepower. That’s a decrease of 39 horsepower from the current model, and a rise in the pounds-per-horsepower figure, despite the overall weight loss.

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How much of a difference is this power output, if it should hold true? The third-generation car, assuming 2,450 lbs curb weight and 167 hp output, rates 14.67 lbs/hp; the 2016 MX-5, at the reported specs, would rate a rather more portly 17.57 lbs/hp.

While power and acceleration are far from the only things that matter to the MX-5, or its fan base, as MX-5 owners ourselves, we’d have liked to see power a bit closer to the 150 hp mark from the factory, if not higher.

Of course, this could all just be hogwash—or Mazda could be planning a stronger version for the American market. Time will tell, but no enthusiast wants to wait another year to find out.


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