The Mazda MX-5 Miata came to life in the late 1980s and made its debut at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show . Conceived as a small, lightweight roadster with minimal mechanical complexity, the Miata is often regarded as an evolution of classic British roadsters such as the Lotus Elan , the Triumph Spitfire or the MG MGB. Not surprising, it didn’t take long for the MX-5 to become the best-selling roadster in the world. The first-gen MX-5 was produced for no less than ten years, being replaced by a redesigned version in 1999. The second-gen model lasted for seven years before the current, NC-generation arrived. It’s been five years since the third-gen Miata debuted, and Mazda is about to launch a brand-new model on September 3rd. Just as the new roadster is getting ready to lose its veils, rumors about a coupe version of the Miata have started to emerge.
The idea is not exactly new, as customers have been demanding a coupe ever since the first-gen model became popular, but Mazda has yet to sacrifice the Miata’s long-standing heritage just to make a few buyers happy. That could change in less than two years, according to Auto News, who claims the Japanese have a fastback-like coupe in the pipeline.
Updated 09/05/2014: Now that we have seen the official pictures on the new generation MX-5 it was time to create a new rendering for the future coupe version, rumored to arrive one year after the roadster. Check it out after the jump.
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If this rumor proves to be true, the MX-5 Coupe shouldn’t stray too far from its roadster sibling. Design-wise, the vehicles should be identical save for a BMW Z4-like roof and a revised trunk lid. We created our rendering using our interpretation of the fourth-generation MX-5, which brings together brand-new styling cues and some of Mazda’s current Kodo design language.
The launch of an MX-5 Miata coupe will enable Mazda to compete against Toyobaru’s sports triplets - the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S in the United States, and the Toyota GT 86 in Europe. All three vehicles are powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine that makes 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque and uses either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic to motivated the rear wheels.
The Subaru BRZ can charge from 0 to 60 mph in as quick as 6.7 seconds with a manual gearbox, while on its way to a top speed of 143 mph. Granted, the BRZ is not the fastest sports car on the market, but with a price tag starting from only $26,490 including delivery there’s not much to complain about. As for the Scion FR-S, the manual version retails from $24,900, while the automatic fetches at least $26,000.