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Future is promising...



Mazda is getting ready to overhaul the Miata with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a more muscular exterior. A new 1.3-liter engine using Mazda’s fuel-saving SkyActiv technology is going to power this fourth-generation Miata roadster. The engine should be significantly lighter and more efficient than the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that does duty in the Miata range here in the U.S.

2014 Mazda Miata
This rendering of the 2014 Miata hints that Mazda will keep the overall proportions of the current model. Narrower headlights and a larger grille provide a modest front makeover. A sharp character line extends from the headlights back along the sides of the car, before tapering off near the door handles. It’s a clean shape, one that’s a little less delicate than before but not overwrought with details.

Back to Basics.
This represents a return to form for the simple Miata, which first went on sale more than 20 years ago. The new 2014 Miata should shed a few pounds, thanks to the use of lightweight materials in the chassis—along with that smaller engine. Mazda is making a big deal about SkyActiv, and we were impressed with the technology when fitted to the updated Mazda3 compact.

2014 Mazda Miata
A high compression ratio, direct injection, and reduced internal friction will help endow the lighter SkyActiv-equipped Mazda3 with better power than one might initially expect, and fuel economy (when compared to the 2.0-liter inline-4) is boosted by approximately 15 percent. For the record, the Mazda3 SkyActiv sedan returns an impressive 40 mpg on the highway (EPA) when equipped with the 6-speed automatic. A 6-speed manual is also available.

Look for the 2014 Mazda Miata to offer the same gearboxes. A manual soft-top should continue, and a power-operated folding hardtop will likely join the range at some point. There is a possibility that Mazda will offer further details about this all-new 2014 Miata at the Geneva Auto Show in March.
Taken from : http://www.roadandtrack.com/future-cars/first/2014-mazda-miata/





 

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If a 3000lb mazda3 can get 40mpg with a 2.0l skyactive why the f*ck did they put a 1.3l in? It's an all aluminum engine, weight difference would be within 20lbs. Being stuck with a 1.3l sucks ****. These will be fun stock, absolutely horrible for tuners.

Blah.

Other than that though I dig the looks, and it's nice they are keeping it light.
 

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I like it.

While the 1.3 is not a tuner's dream, that's the future. We'll all have to find ways to make it fast regardless.
 

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The 2.0 already would meet new regulations. It's been proved by countless companies there is no need to go this small. It's backwards thinking. High Cr direct injection motors can get the mileage and power from a 2.0 easily. Heck even a 1.6 would have been greatly welcomed. Hyundai even did it. It's a pretty big fail. The bigger ones better swap in.
 

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So much for the MS3 Dizzy engine... :cry:
 

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I don't like it one bit. They kept the bad things and added worse...
Good thing it's just another one of the tens of impressions/renditions.
 

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Guys, if we were able to swap 2.3 and 2.5 into NC, I bet doing 1.6 or 1.8 into this one will be feasible.

Hopefully, they'll offer a variant for North American customers.
 

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If it had a Fiat badge on the front, I'd have believed being told it was the new Barchetta. Or a Volvo or Saab badge and i'dve believed that, but it doesn't really look like a new MX5 to me. The MX5 is supposed to look sleek, but this looks more like it's been on the protein shakes and bodybuilding...

I'll stick with my NA
 

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It has potential IMO. Black out that grille, remove the emblem, lowered with dark wheels / wider setup and lip would make this menacing. And hell yes for better MPG - that's always the deal maker for me.
 
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