Mazda Previews Next-Generation MX-5 Miata Chassis
Mazda is not yet ready to officially reveal the fourth-generation MX-5 Miata roadster, but it has given us significant clues on what to expect under the sheetmetal. At the New York Auto Show today, Mazda confirmed that the new Miata would feature a lighter and stronger chassis. With an engine placed closer to the center, the car will feature a lower center of gravity than any previous Miata. Another goal was to shave off more than 220 pounds to increase body rigidity and enhance the car's safety performance in a crash. The new Mazda MX-5 Miata represents the first time Skyactiv technology has been used on a front mid-ship engine rear-wheel-drive car. If the new Miata fully employs Skyactiv technology, perhaps we can expect some significant improvements in fuel economy and engine output. According to Mazda, the new Miata's physical footprint will be more in line with the smaller first-generation Miata than any other previous Miata. We will have to wait and see if that smaller size correlates with significant changes to the car's drive feel. The all-new Miata will arrive just as Mazda celebrates the roadster's 25th birthday. In honor of the special occasion, Mazda is first showing a series of special edition and heritage Miatas at the New York Auto Show this month. We expect the next-gen Miata will make its official debut this fall, when we expect to hear more details on this car. Source: Mazda
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