Baby Miata in the Works?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Autoexpress claims that Mazda is working on a downsized MX-5 Miata roadster, fanning the flames of enthusiast optimism the world over. AE estimates that the mini drop-top could come with engines of 700cc to 1.6 liters, with a 160 hp turbo 1.6 four-pot topping the range. “Insider” sources say a 2012 launch is being discussed, and that a concept should appear on the car show circuit shortly. Though the engine displacements seem to indicate that the baby Miata isn’t likely to come stateside, hope springs eternal when it comes to these things, no?

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  • BigOldChryslers BigOldChryslers on Jul 02, 2009

    If the current Miata is not signifcantly bigger than the older ones, then I don't see how they could make it much smaller. The only time I ever sat in one was at a car show years ago. My legs got trapped under the steering wheel and I had to crawl out on my hands and knees! At that time at least, A Miata was not made for people over 6' tall.

  • MidLifeCelica MidLifeCelica on Jul 02, 2009

    At 6' 2" / 240+ (OK, ++) , I'd have to buy 2, so I could strap one to each foot!

  • Strippo Strippo on Jul 02, 2009

    The NC is definitely roomier and more comfortable for the taller driver than prior generations, but for your passenger? Not so much.

  • Peteski Peteski on Jul 02, 2009

    AuricTech : +1