One of the most exciting cars to launch over the next few years is, without a shadow doubt, the new Mazda MX-5. The car is due in 2015, and if the reports we’re hearing about it are true, it’s going to be a cracking little car. The MX-5 Miata has always been a benchmark for judging sports car and Mazda likes to keep it that way.
But they do realize you shouldn’t mess with a successful recipe. You should just tweak it. Which is why the next MX-5 will stay loyal to the original car’s philosophy of lightness and sharp handling.
The next MX-5 will be powered by a 1.3 liter engine developing 200bhp. That is more than the current 2.0 liter model, and should make it faster in the straight line. The new model is reportedly shedding a 100 kg compared to the current car, becoming a 1000-kilo car.
That is despite Mazda’s decision to give the car a lot of extra garnish. The 2015 MX-5 will come with a wide range of personalization options to let the customers practically make a bespoke car. That sounds like an overkill, because nobody buys the MX-5 for its looks and options, but for the pure driving pleasure the car delivers.
The next Mazda MX-5 will have a big problem though, and it’s brought on by Mazda themselves. They are going to lend the MX-5’s platform to Alfa Romeo, so they can build their own sports car upon it. Alfa’s car will get a unique body and interior, but the same running gear as the Mazda. So why would you by the Mazda?!