Considering the powertrains they're putting in the Koup now, it's a great option.new update? If they were going to add a s l u t to Cars 3, this would be it.
but its not as bad as the 9th gen civic. NOW they look like a kia and 01 camry mated and produced it. If only the new civic coupes looked like the kia forte koup
The 2.4L is the older holdover without direct injection. The DI version makes 200+ and Hyundai/Kia have a turbocharged 208hp 1.6L coming. I don't know which will make the Koup, but the turbo engine's going in the Hyundai Veloster, so...too bad its only a kia tho. AND 2.4L engine, making 173 horsepower and 168 lb-ft of torque is not that great either =P if only Kia made it compete with the 7th gen civ si
What are you talking about? This is a Mazda Miata thread.new update? If they were going to add a s l u t to Cars 3, this would be it.
but its not as bad as the 9th gen civic. NOW they look like a kia and 01 Camry mated and produced it. If only the new civic coupes looked like the kia forte koup
.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.
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.
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.
.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.