When the original Mazda MX-5 Miata debuted, the roadster was fun to drive and light on its feet. Over the years, Mazda added more amenities and new hardware that added weight with each iteration. However, for 2012 the next MX-5 will reportedly scale back to be more inline with the original roadster.
According to the latest reports from Autocar, Mazda has set a target weight of 2,200 pounds for the next MX-5. Weight distribution will also retain the current model’s 50/50 balance. The reduction in weight will also be reflected in the new model’s mileage, combined with Mazda’s new SKY-G gasoline engines. These two factors combined will yield 15 percent better fuel economy than the current model.
“The original MX-5 had a target weight of 1000kg during development, and Mazda has set itself the same goal for the new model. It is still evaluating engine options, but it’s almost certain to be one of the first models to get the firm’s Sky-G range of petrol motors; 1.6 and 1.8-litre variants are under consideration.”
Mazda also predicts that its next-gen MX-5 could attain as much as 50 miles per gallon. Look out Honda CR-Z.