New Mazda MX-5 / Miata Will Reportedly Weigh 1,020 Kilograms With the 1.5-Liter Engine

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The all-new Mazda MX-5 / Miata (ND) has been officially unveiled last week, but there's still a lot of mystery surrounding the small Japanese roadster. A biggie comes in the form of what will propel the thing and another biggie is the weight of the fourth gen of the world's best-selling two-seat convertible.
Mazda has officially confirmed that the new model dropped a hefty 220 pounds (100 kilograms) over the NC, but didn't mention anything about which powerplant and transmission combo is behind the previously mentioned figure. We believe they're referring to the base NC fitted with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder motor, coupled to a five-speed stick shift and sporting old school soft-top configuration.

Based on elementary arithmetics, the new Mazda MX-5 in its most basic configuration would tip the scale at around 2,260 pounds (1,025 kilograms), but a recent report from Motoring suggests that the official curb weight sits at 2,248 pounds (1,020 kilograms). That difference is roughly the weight of a fat cat, so we weren't too far off the official figure, that is if the aforementioned source isn't bluffing.

Furthermore, the Australian publication suggests a 1.5-liter SKYACTIV gasoline-fed four-cylinder mill with 128 horsepower on tap will be offered as the entry-level engine. On the other end of the scale, voices hint that the other engine in the lineup will be a 2-liter SKYACTIV mill. On the Mazda 6, that motor produces 165 horsepower and 210 Nm of torque, 5 ponies more than the NC's 160 horsepower 2L mill.

The 2014 Paris Motor Show in October is certain to unveil more official data on the all-new Mazda MX-5.
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