2015 Mazda MX-5 to weigh approximately 2204 lbs - report

2015 Mazda MX-5 / 2016 Alfa Romeo Spider spy photo
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New Skyactiv engines in the works

Our spies have already caught the 2015 Mazda MX-5 on multiple occasions but new details are starting to emerge about the upcoming roadster.

In a recent interview with Auto Motor und Sport, Mazda's Kiyoshi Fujiwara revealed the next-generation MX-5 will be significantly lighter than its predecessor. Fujiwara declined to go into specifics but the magazine says the car will weigh approximately one tonne (2204 lbs). This will be achieved by utilizing a new lightweight structure which should give the model a better power-to-weight ratio.

In related news, Mazda is hard at work developing the next-generation of Skyactiv engines. Engineers are reportedly trying to make them more efficient than hybrid engines so they could adopt a homogeneous charge compression ignition system which could improve fuel efficiency by up to 30 percent. If everything pans out, the new engines could be introduced in 2018.

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Aygo Aygo
A possible 30% increase in fuel economy! Wow, that would mean the that Mazda3 Hatchback 1.6-litre 100PS Skyactiv-G 6-speed manual would return around 72mpg combined!
Nov 23rd, 2013 3:17pm
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speedhunter speedhunter
i have to say i'm a bit dissapointed with 2204 lbs weight. yes it may be significantly lighter than the current one(2480 lbs) but they said this new MX5 was going to be 800kg or 1780 lbs.
Nov 23rd, 2013 3:23am
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How do you get it @ 800 kg, unless you use all aluminum or CF, all cost prohibitive.
Nov 23rd, 2013 11:13pm
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
Agree with you. 800kg maybe possible for a 1980s Japanese car, but it gonna be extremely hard to achieve for today's safety regulation
Nov 24th, 2013 7:25am
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speedhunter speedhunter
didn't you read this? http://www.worldcarfans.com/111060834012/next-generation-mazda-miata-could-be-lightest-version-ever
Nov 26th, 2013 7:51am
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With No PRHT, and replaced with an all new Mazda patent manually operated sliding plastic retractable HT, there is 80 lbs saved with no 4 heavy electrical motors and wiring and ECU's...30 lbs saved with the removal of Fords existing MZR engine over to Mazda's all new Skyactiv Engines, lighter suspension (same as Mazda 3,6 CX-5), there is total of 200 lbs...all very achievable, I just hope it is not too cheap and you can't get much lighter than current NC without all the above...new ND wont be that much smaller as it will prevent larger US buyers comfort...which is still the main market for MX-5.
Nov 23rd, 2013 2:59am
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DBaskov DBaskov
That's impressive, it will handle like a go-cart.
Nov 23rd, 2013 2:09am
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