We have some new details for you on the new next-generationMazda MX-5. This will be the last car – except for the new 5 - to carry the Nagare design language and it should hit dealers around 2012.

The current MX-5 has gained a bit of weight since its creation in 1989, but Mazda is putting the sports car on a diet. The company’s engineers are worried that the MX-5 is getting a tad too fat, so they will focus on reducing the car’s weight for the next-generation model.

Mazda has set a target weight of 2,200 pounds for the next MX-5. That is roughly 300 pounds off of the current car’s weight. The car will also drop the 2.0-liter motor in favor of a 1.6-liter and an optional 1.8-liter.

The standard gearbox will be a six-speed manual, but buyers who don’t want to use this car to it’s full potential can get a dual-clutch semi-automatic. We aren’t sure if a hardtop version will be available, but there will most likely be one. We can’t wait.


Source: Autocar

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  (129) posted on 09.27.2010

I still think that the solstice is hotter looking...when will Pontiac finally release it?

  (344) posted on 09.26.2010

I always thought they were interesting cars, but I never bought one. I am sure the Solstice will be interesting and scarce after the first year, when I will still be enjoying my Miata.

  (291) posted on 08.8.2010

Nice evolutionary look but headlights are goofy. Not enough sculpture, too much extrusion. I like the early ones with flip-up headlights and no superfluous options much better.

  (780) posted on 08.5.2010

i assume the blue on the gauges is from the show lighting not an effect on the gauges themselves? Interior looks great.

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