2016 MX-5 rumoured to have less power
Leaked specs suggest Mazda’s latest MX-5 will be shorter, lighter and, more worryingly, could sport a less powerful engine. Are the rumours true?
Last week, Motoring.com.au announced that they had received information relating to the new Mazda MX-5’s kerb weight and engine outputs from “a source close to Mazda”. While we’ve got no reason to doubt their claims, we are going to reserve judgement until the car’s motor show premiere at the Paris Motor Show next month. Therefore, take the following with a large pinch of salt.
Let’s have a look at what Motoring.com.au’s source had to say and see what it means for any of you who are thinking of investing in a shiny new MX-5 next year.
The first revelation is that the new MX-5 is going to be a full 105mm shorter than its predecessor – the NC. In fact, the new model will even be 35mm shorter than the original NA Miata. But what it lacks in length it makes up for with a slightly increased width and a 50mm longer wheelbase.
Next up is the news that the new MX-5 will be significantly lighter than previous models and tip the scales at a slender 1020kg. This means that Mazda will have made good on their promise to reduce kerb weight by up to 100kg. They’ve achieved this by adopting a by-the-gram engineering approach and an increased use of aluminium.
Last, but certainly not least, is the eyebrow raising speculation that the entry-level versions of the new MX-5 will feature a 1.5-litre SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine that produces 128-horsepower. This equates to a 40-horsepower reduction from the outgoing model – something which may disappoint Mazda fans everywhere.
We’re hoping that the inferior engine rumour is BS and are still expecting to see a 1.5-litre turbo engine and the 2.0 litre SKYACTIV, which churns out an impressive 155-horsepower in the Mazda3.
It remains to be seen whether all or any of these revelations are 100 percent accurate. We’ll just have to keep our eyes on next month’s Paris Motor Show to see if any more detailed specs are revealed.
The new Mazda MX-5 is due to go on sale in Australia in the second half of 2015, so start saving now for your chance to own one of these iconic roadsters.