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Javelin
Javelin SuperDork
6/8/11 5:04 p.m.
jimbob_racing
jimbob_racing HalfDork
6/8/11 5:08 p.m.

Alright. I'll buy one at that weight.

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac SuperDork
6/8/11 5:12 p.m.

Holy crap!!!

ransom
ransom Reader
6/8/11 5:15 p.m.

I want to believe...

mad_machine
mad_machine SuperDork
6/8/11 5:20 p.m.

hopefully other car makers will follow suit

T.J.
T.J. SuperDork
6/8/11 5:24 p.m.

That is exciting news. Interesting to see how they do it and still get good marks on the insurance industry's crash tests and if the interior noise becomes too loud for actual hairdressers who might buy a miata because it is cute.

ValuePack
ValuePack Dork
6/8/11 5:25 p.m.

This latest development makes me tingly in places I wouldn't tell people at parties about... Good Lord.

peter
peter Reader
6/8/11 5:27 p.m.

Lighter than the aluminum and plastic Elise, for less money? I'll believe it when it rolls across the scales...

RexSeven
RexSeven SuperDork
6/8/11 5:38 p.m.

In reply to peter:

QFT. I have no doubt Mazda will make the ND Miata lighter, but that light?! I seriously question Inside Line's source.

paul
paul Reader
6/8/11 5:45 p.m.

I'll opt out of a 1.4t and go with the MS3 engine please!...

Will
Will HalfDork
6/8/11 5:55 p.m.

Yeah, and the next Mustang will weigh under 3,000...call me a skeptic.

MrJoshua
MrJoshua SuperDork
6/8/11 6:00 p.m.

The ONLY way to do that is make it WAAAAAY smaller. Even then I am not sure it is possible. Has Mazda ever released a sub 2k car? I think the GLC was over 2k. How about the early early cars?

iceracer
iceracer Dork
6/8/11 6:04 p.m.

Light weight airbags.

VividRacing
VividRacing New Reader
6/8/11 6:04 p.m.

This will be full of win only if it makes at least 200 whp, weight to power ratio is great, but you still need HP to overcome drag.

alex
alex SuperDork
6/8/11 6:12 p.m.

I'll be the one to rain on the parade: ain't gonna happen. No way, no how.

And I'll be happy to eat crow on this one.

Nitroracer
Nitroracer SuperDork
6/8/11 6:19 p.m.

A lighter miata is a step in the right direction no matter how it comes.

A substantially lighter miata is icing on the cake.

mw
mw HalfDork
6/8/11 6:32 p.m.

Maybe they'll fill the airbags with helium. Aldo add me to the lost of people who would love to see a miata that weight, bur doesn't think it will happen. That's only a hundred pounds more than my sawzall car.

NOHOME
NOHOME Reader
6/8/11 6:44 p.m.

If that comes true I will stop crying over the fact that I will now never own a Lotus Elise.

The only thing I see wrong with the new Miata is that Mazda has yet to find and kill the person responsible for the hideous front fender "Brows". What the heck is up with that? Guy must have been birthed on and worshiped the Aztec design table!

And yeah... put me down for it aint gonna happen at that weight.

wbjones
wbjones SuperDork
6/8/11 6:51 p.m.
iceracer wrote: Light weight airbags.

well air really doesn't way all that much....

Teh E36 M3
Teh E36 M3 HalfDork
6/8/11 7:10 p.m.

Oh, that would be badass. Even with (especially with?) the 1.4t. You should be able to easily sneak 170 hp out of the little guy, although with Mazda's conservative tunes, I'd look for 150.

Regardless, I applaud it, especially if it will still fit an LS.

RexSeven
RexSeven SuperDork
6/8/11 7:20 p.m.

In reply to paul:

MS3 engine won't fit, IIRC. Too tall/wide and no longitudinal transmissions have been fitted to it.

A Sky-G or Sky-D engine would kick some ass, even in the current NC Miata. If they're slated to get 40mpg in the 3000lb-ish Mazda3 and be close to the old 2.3L N/A in performance, then imagine the performance and economy in a 2400lb or lighter car!

Feedyurhed
Feedyurhed HalfDork
6/8/11 7:27 p.m.

I will have to chime in here and say..............as much as I would like this to become a reality (and I really do!!) I have a hard time believing that they can do it. And of course as more exotic weight saving materials are used the price always goes up. Still as a previous poster already stated......any lighter will still be a good thing, a lot lighter will be e great thing. I will keep my fingers crossed.

pigeon
pigeon Dork
6/8/11 7:27 p.m.

"The report claims that the engineers at Mazda aren't entirely sure they can hit the weight target, but the vehicle will be much closer to the waif-like 2,178-lb 1989 Miata than the heftier 2011 model."

Everything else in that article was fluff - the last line holds the truth.

Osterkraut
Osterkraut SuperDork
6/8/11 7:34 p.m.

Mazda will aim for 1760lbs, end up around 2000. It's good to set the bar high.

1760 won't happen, but man will I be glad to be wrong on this one.

joey48442
joey48442 SuperDork
6/8/11 7:37 p.m.
pigeon wrote: "The report claims that the engineers at Mazda aren't entirely sure they can hit the weight target, but the vehicle will be much closer to the waif-like 2,178-lb 1989 Miata than the heftier 2011 model." Everything else in that article was fluff - the last line holds the truth.

Cept there was no 1989 Miata!

Joey

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