As I have said before, one company that doesn't get enough respect is Mazda.
Yeah, I said it. To be even more specific, one car that would live up to Rodney Dangerfield's motto is the MX-5 or as most people refer to it, the Miata.
Although some enthusiasts believe that the Miata is one of the best driving vehicles known to man, some also bash it. A classic example was the hell that broke loose from Chris Harris' remarks about the Miata not being so great.
Apart from that, the word on the internet street is suggesting that Mazda has ambitious plans for the next-generation vehicle, which will involve more weight reduction. With the current car weighing over 2,300 pounds, Mazda wants it below 1,800. Ambitious, to say the least.
So we've got to ask: Is the image more realistic or is the weight projection?
Mazda’s next-generation Mazda MX-5 will combine a small-capacity turbocharged four with lightweight engineering to return the two-seater in 2012/13 to its original agile sports car concept.
According to a senior insider, Mazda’s engineers have been tasked with cutting 275kg from the 1075kg ‘empty’ kerb weight (the weight without a driver) of today’s MX-5 to hit an ambitious target of 800kg.
This would be a significant step forward for a volume-production sports car. In its leanest form, the MX-5 weighed just 955kg at its 1989 debut...
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