Mazda prepares RWD mini roadster
The automaker from Hiroshima, Mazda makes sure to put a little Zoom-Zoom into all their products, and has just put a 20th anniversary version of the world’s best selling two passenger roadster. It looks like the Japanese engineers could be working on using the same fun to drive formula from the Miata into a smaller rear wheel drive roadster.
With the future entry level open-air roadster Mazda is hoping to capitalize on the smaller in size only Kei car market, dominated by diminutive vehicles like the Suzuki Cappuccino. These cars are powered by engines no larger than 660 cc but offer the sort of light weight handling that would make Colin Chapman proud, think smaller car on winding mountain road makes for a more fun ride and costs a lot less to maintain.
Mazda would introduce this more efficient Miata underneath the current MX-5, however the power hungry U.S. market would demand something bigger than a three cylinder in order to be sporty, the automaker would probably power it with something displacing a slightly larger than Kei, 1.0 to 1.3 Liters.