Report – Next Mazda MX-5 to go on a diet using carbon fiber image
The ongoing fourth generation of the ubiquitous Japanese roadster has been out and about for a year – give or take a few months depending on the market – but there’s already word of the upcoming next generation.
According to the latest rumor on the roadster that everybody dreams about, the fifth generation will keep the same dimensions – which were downsized compared to the predecessor – but when it comes out on the market around 2021 it will be even lighter thanks to the deployment of carbon fiber. Additionally, apparently there are also plans for using downsized powertrains, such as a three-cylinder engine. “The size is right, but in the future lightweight materials will be very important and will be used in this car. We have in development affordable carbon fiber, so the MX-5 will be lighter in future,” commented Miata’s program manager, Nobuhiro Yamamoto.
The official did not detail the specifications – for example setting up a weight category but we have to remember that already the MX-5 Miata is very light, with the current base configuration tipping the scales at just over 2,300 pounds (1043 kg). “It’s a simple concept. The vehicle weight gets lower, there’s a smaller engine, smaller tyres. It’s a lightweight sports car,” the executive added. It appears those pesky three-cylinder engines are on point for the next Miata, with the smallest unit currently available on the roadster being a 1.5-liter four-cylinder, with just 130 horsepower.