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Old 08-16-2011, 08:50 AM   #51
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That color + those headlights = total chick car

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:21 AM   #52
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What are you talking about? This is a Mazda Miata thread.
It was a response to the lastest miata update you posted,I just didn't quote the pic. Then I made a comparison to the 9th gen civic and Kia Forte Koup
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:22 AM   #53
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That color + those headlights = total chick car

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Exactlyyyyy. I can't picture a man driving the new rendering.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:29 PM   #54
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It's a rendering. Not Mazda official. Not an official body color. The rendering doesn't exactly follow the tech drawings and adds a lot of guess work. Prolly still be f'd up though.
Looks wise, all Mazda has to do is honestly copy some of the classic roadsters from the 60s and they're done. Easy. They try too hard.
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:51 PM   #55
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Next MX-5 to get 1.3-litre turbo
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The next-generation Mazda MX-5 is likely to be powered by a turbocharged version of the 1.3-litre, four cylinder SkyActiv petrol engine when it goes on sale in 2014.

In place of today’s normally aspirated 1.8 and 2.0-litre engines, the next Mazda MX-5 will use the smaller direct-injection turbo unit. It will feature variable cam phasing, lighter, low-friction reciprocating parts, and possibly a new exhaust manifold design that achieves more effective exhaust gas evacuation.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:38 PM   #56
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I also read this a few days ago...who knows what will happen to the next next gen MX-5.

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Mazda rotary shock: MX-5 and RX-8 could merge
By Jez Spinks | November 30th, 2011

The global boss of Mazda has made a stunning revelation at the 2011 Tokyo motor show that the company could merge its MX-5 roadster and RX-8 replacement into one single sports car.

Takashi Yamanouchi told a small group of Australian journalists at the show that a rotary-powered MX-5 is also a possibility for the future as Mazda considered its options for its trademark piston-less powerplant.

The company’s current rotary-powered RX-8 four-door coupe – which actually shares its chassis with the MX-5 – ceases production in June 2012, leaving Mazda with a gap to fill within the next few years.

“Production of the RX-8 does stop in 2012 but what comes after that I’m not in a position to say,” said Yamanouchi-san. “But I have been saying everywhere that we will continue research on the rotary engine. We will not extinguish the flame of the rotary engine.

“That kind of product is iconic for our brand. So the current MX-5 or RX-8 we have decided in the future to maintain that type of [sports car] product.

“I can’t say, however, that they will be separate … they may be merged into one.

“[We] can’t rule out the possibility [of a rotary-powered MX-5].”


The next-generation MX-5 due in 2013 is expected to be powered by a conventional four-cylinder engine under the ‘SkyActiv’ banner – Mazda’s name for its new suite of technologies designed to improve fuel efficiency.

A replacement for the RX-8 still seems much further away, whether Mazda decides to combine the coupe and MX-5 roadster into one model – with a hardtop coupe-convertible similar to the Mercedes-Benz SLK or BMW Z4 one possibility.

Mazda is also yet to determine whether the next-generation rotary engine would continue as a conventional combustion engine or work in tandem with other power sources.

“I think there are two major directions we are discussing [for rotary]. One is the application of the rotary as a conventional powerplant,” said Yamanouchi-san.

“We need a measure a plan to upgrade the [fuel] efficiency and torque [of the engine] otherwise we don’t see much progress [from the current rotary in the RX-8].

But the other option is a range-extender [rotary] powered by hydrogen. Our government agencies are already using it [as a prototype] – and it emits only steam. Rotary is used solely to produce the power.
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The all-new Mazda MX-5 will be based on all-new steel spaceframe architecture, developed under Mazda’s Sky Activ umbrella. The rear-drive architecture is known internally as S-Platform.

Although a switch to front-drive was considered at an early stage in the project, Mazda was keen not to alienate its huge base of existing customers and invested in the new compact rear-drive platform.

The structure will help Mazda achieve a kerb weight of less than 1000kg, according to highly-placed Mazda sources. This means it will be more than 15 per cent lighter than the current lightest MX-5, the soft-top 1.8i SE model.

The new MX-5’s powertrains will take advantage of the car’s lightness, meaning the end for the current weighty 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines. One Mazda engineering source has said that he would like to see the new model powered by smaller, naturally aspirated, engines, which will still offer a competitive power-to-weight ratio.

A new direct-injection 1.5-litre Sky Activ petrol unit, developing around 130bhp is expected to be the entry-level engine. Other sources say that a more powerful, turbocharged, 1.5-litre engine will also be on the menu. Lightweight SkyActiv transmissions will also be offered. Other weight saving measures will include lightweight speakers and a simple cabin storage bin instead of a glovebox.

The new MX-5 will again be available in soft-top and folding hardtop configurations, but it is not scheduled to be launched until the middle of the decade, later than the originally planned launched date of 2013.
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Key to the next-generation MX-5 is the firm’s SKYACTIV technologies that focus on reducing weight and improving efficiency. While the current car weighs around 1,050kg, Mazda engineers are reportedly on track for a kerbweight of under 900kg.

Mazda has said that it hopes the body alone will account for a 10 per cent weight loss, despite the fact it is about 30 per cent stiffer than the current car, thanks to the use of more high-strength steel.

The chassis itself will also be 10 per cent lighter than the current car's, with redesigned suspension and steering hoping to offer a lightness and agility at low speeds but a more secure feeling at high speeds.

With a new lighter car will come a range of smaller capacity engines. Currently the MX-5 is powered by 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engines producing up to 170bhp. The new car is expected to use a turbocharged 1.3-litre SKYACTIV engine, although a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre unit will also be offered.

The MX-5’s new look is inspired by the Takeri concept that debuted at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The new design language incorporates a larger shield grille and defined creases in the bodywork.

Expect the next-generation Mazda MX-5 to be unveiled towards the end of 2013, with sales starting the following year.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:37 AM   #59
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Any news for the RX8/RX7 or its successor or whatever sports concept they have in mind?
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:31 PM   #61
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200 lb. lighter and turbocharged?

According to sources within the company, development for the next-generation MX-5 (the ND) is well underway, but the Hiroshima-based company seemed to have hit a snag when it came to deciding on an appropriate powerplant. Apparently, Mazda engineers were originally planning to equip the ND with a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter inline-4 with SkyActiv technology, but couldn’t quite squeeze the desired horsepower from the engine. A variant of the current 2.0-liter inline-4 was also considered, but it couldn’t meet their fuel economy goals. Instead Mazda has narrowed it down to either a 1.8-liter inline-4 with SkyActiv or a 1.3- or 1.5-liter inline-4 with forced induction.
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1.8Liter SkyActiv!
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The New York International Auto Show 2014 was the world premiere of the next Generation MX-5's SKYACTIV-CHASSIS. The program manager Yamamoto itroduces the new chassis at the show.
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Weight, handling, and power I'm optimistic about. But really worried the new one's gonna be fugly...
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Weight, handling, and power I'm optimistic about. But really worried the new one's gonna be fugly...
I think it's safe to assume that it's going to be "relatively" heavy. Mazda's current corporate face looks quite good.
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Mazda Motor Corporation today celebrated the unveiling of the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 (known as Roadster in Japan) together with fans at events held simultaneously in Japan, USA and Spain. The all-new MX-5, which adopts both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and Mazda's KODO-Soul of Motion design language, will be rolled out to global markets starting in 2015.

The MX-5 is an iconic model representing Mazda's vehicle-engineering philosophy-the pursuit of driving pleasure. "Innovate in order to preserve" was the motto for the fourth generation, as the development team searched for innovations that go beyond simple evolution. Environmental and safety demands are much more stringent than they were when the first generation MX-5 was introduced 25 years ago, but the fourth generation stays true to the model's original aim of offering the pure driving fun that only a lightweight sports car can. It achieves this through the adoption of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and refinement of its appeal to the senses and sensations through which people enjoy cars.

The design of the all-new MX-5 reveals another layer to Mazda's KODO design language. The exquisite proportions make the driver and passenger stand out, and both the interior and exterior evoke the exhilaration of open-top driving. It is the most compact of any generation MX-5 so far and is more than 100 kilograms lighter than the model it replaces, promising a dramatic leap in Jinba-ittai driving fun.

As of July 2014, total production volume of the Mazda MX-5 exceeded 940,000 units and it continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car. This highly-celebrated model has received over 200 awards from around the globe including Japan Car of the Year 2005-2006.

Moving forward, Mazda will continue to develop products which offer all customers driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.














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Not feeling it really. My first thought was, Maserati had an affair with the BMW Z4.
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All-new Mazda MX-5 is the sixth in Mazda's new generation of products that adopt both the KODO--Soul of Motion design theme and the full-suite of SKYACTIV Technologies. / 新型「ロードスター」は、「SKYACTIV技術」とデザインテーマ「魂動(こどう)*−So ul of Motion」を全面的に採用した新世代商品の第六弾です。
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Against a montage of all-new Mazda MX-5 running shots, program manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto and chief designer Masashi Nakayama talk about their aspirations for the new model. / 新型ロードスターが駆け抜ける動画に合わせ、山本開発主査と中山チーフデザイナーがロ*ードスターに込めた 想いを語る。
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MICROSOFT AND MAZDA LET YOU DRIVE IT FIRST: ALL-NEW MAZDA MX-5 DEBUTS AS FREE DOWNLOAD FOR FORZA HORIZON 2 ON XBOX ONE
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Beginning March 17, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) is giving Forza Horizon 2 players the exclusive opportunity to drive the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata on Xbox One months before the physical car goes on sale to the public. Additionally, by taking advantage of the free download of the car, and driving it in the game, users will have the chance to win one by competing in the new Time Trial Rivals Contest. In addition to the free download for the 2016 MX-5, the Mazda MX-5 pack gives Forza Horizon 2 gaming enthusiasts the chance to collect and drive other special one-of-a-kind MX-5s exclusively on Xbox One. A sneak peek of the Forza Horizon 2 Mazda MX-5 Car Pack can be viewed at https://youtu.be/7SCE3yONvOA.

"Through history, there have been very few purer sportscars than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and this fourth generation car is no exception," said Russell Wager, vice president of marketing, MNAO. "In the past, Miata was always a product of the analogue world, but this new 2016 model is the most sophisticated and digital yet, while still being a throwback to everything that made the original 1990 car so special. The new car is nearly as light, yet with a power-to-weight ratio exceeding that of its predecessor. While the physical car doesn't go on sale until later this summer, we're excited to give fans an opportunity to get behind the virtual wheel in Forza Horizon 2 to drive it before they can buy it."

Forza Horizon 2 Mazda MX-5 Car Pack
Mazda MX-5 fans – and anyone who loves real sportscars -- will be able to explore the car in tremendous detail inside and out through Forza Horizon 2's stunning graphics. They will also get to experience the car in the game's massive open-world roads and, for the first time, in various climates and day and night settings. It will be the ultimate test drive for those accustomed to getting all their information digitally, and all before you can drive one in the real world.

The Forza Horizon 2 Mazda Car Pack will be made up of the 2016 MX-5, 2010 MX-5 Super20 SEMA concept car, 1990 MX-5 and 2005 MAZDASPEED MX-5. To download, after logging into Xbox Live on Xbox One, users can head to the Mazda landing page to find the car pack.

Those heading to the SXSW Gaming Expo, taking place Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15 in Austin, Texas, will be able to be amongst the first to drive the virtual 2016 MX-5 at Mazda's booth (#513) before it becomes available to download. As part of its activities at the expo, Mazda will have two interactive driving simulators pre-loaded with the 2016 MX-5. Mazda also will announce the winner of the Mazda Livery Design Contest, entered from the Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms, at the show on Sunday, March 15 at 4:00 p.m. CDT.

Win a 2016 MX-5 in Time Trials Rivals Contest...Before It Arrives In Dealerships
The Time Trial Rivals Contest, which begins Tuesday, March 17 and ends Thursday, April 30, will give Forza Horizon 2 players the opportunity to win a 2016 MX-5-not a model, not a toy, but a real 2016 MX-5. To enter, users must log into Xbox Live using their Xbox One console and navigate to any one of the following channels: Games, Music, Movies or Apps. From there, users may see a Mazda MX-5 ad and must click into the Mazda MX-5 ad landing experience. Once on the hub, users must register to enter the contest by following the prompts on the contest page. Players will be required to play in the appropriate Rival Mode event (the "Mazda MX-5 Challenge") using the 2016 Mazda MX-5 vehicle from the Forza Horizon 2 Mazda MX-5 Car Pack on the Sisteron Perimeter Sprint Track. The two players with the fastest times will be flown to Los Angeles in June to compete head-to-head in a winner-take-all race, with the winner receiving a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

SKYACTIV: More Technology, Less Weight
Mazda also has used this as an opportunity to reveal another important, previously unannounced, specification for the 2016 MX-5: curb weight, which has been reduced to 2,332 lbs. (when equipped with the manual transmission)/2,381 lbs. (with the automatic transmission). Reducing the weight by approximately 150 lbs. over the outgoing third-generation model required lightening and strengthening even the smallest parts for optimal performance and driving enjoyment-one of the benefits of SKYACTIV® Technology. The Mazda MX-5 is the world's best-selling two-seat roadster, according to Guinness World Records, and recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Further information about the 2016 MX-5 can be found on the Mazda branded hub on Xbox One or Xbox 360 or at www.longlivetheroadster.com.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

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That new MX-5 looks nice.
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That new MX-5 looks nice.
Yeah, a little less feminine this time.
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And it is small again unlike the big fat yob of the third gen.

Actually, I am looking forward to see it because if I remember reading it somewhere this 4th gen is lower, wide, and shorter than the 1st gen. Wow! That is tiny and that's more like it~!
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Good engineering obeys the laws of physics. Great engineering defies them.

Take a giant aluminum balance beam… Add 2,332 lbs. of obsessive engineering… See what happens!
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Comparison: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2015 Subaru BRZ
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...rz_comparison/
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Joy Rides: Playing With Two Fun Cars Nobody Needs

Second Place: Subaru BRZ

If you have to drive it every day (and carry a spare set of tires to the track), this is your toy.

First Place: Mazda MX-5
If you have room in your life (and garage) for a fair-weather toy, this is the best one for the money.
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The Mazda MX-5 has come a long way in 25 years. But is it still as fun to drive as the original? The only way to find out is to race...

Find out how as Jade Paveley raced a Mazda MX-5 MkI against Owen Mildenhall in an all-new Mazda MX-5 MkIV in a thrilling one lap race around Circuit De Calafat in Catalonia, Spain.
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Take a ride along with three 2016 MX-5 Miatas down from their home in Irvine to San Diego, CA for a stop at HRE Performance Wheels. Join fellow car enthusiasts as they have the opportunity to sit in the car, try out the new convertible top, and give their first impressions of all the 2016 MX-5 Miata.
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Mazda North American Operations is happy to welcome the arrival of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to North America.
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