With new cars getting heavier as the years go on, Mazda is bucking this trend for their next MX-5, aiming to cut the car's weight from its current 2500 lbs to 2200 lbs, just slightly heavier than the original 1990 Miata's weight.
Mazda executives felt that the current car is straying too far from the essence of the original Miata, and the weight reduction is part of a plan to completely overhaul the upcoming MX-5. Engines will also get smaller, with Mazda's ultra-efficient SKY-G four cylinder motors appearing in 1.6L and 1.8L configurations, smaller than the current 2.0L MZR engine. Most significant is the addition of a dual-clutch gearbox alongside a 6-speed manual gearbox. The twin-clutch unit will help increase efficiency and performance while appealing to the MX-5's slightly older demographic.
More controversially, Mazda's Nagare styling is slated to make an appearance, despite an unpopular reception on various concept cars and the upcoming Mazda5 minivan.
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