When you say Mazda you automatically think of Japan, a place where car manufacturers find a perfect environment to develop their business. Among all the existing car producers in Japan, Mazda makes itself recognizable by providing cars that are fun to drive. In order to continue offering customers the same wonderful experience, they set a goal in developing cars that also provide excellent environmental and safety performance. And the new Mazda MX-5 Miata has just been introduced at the Paris Motor Show.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is 105mm shorter, 20mm lower and 10mm wider than the former model. The vehicle also lost 100 kg (220 lbs) thanks to the skills of the engineers working there. It features a rear-wheel drive layout and benefits from an almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution while the suspension is made of a front double wishbone and a rear multi-link setup. The roadster is distinguished by an electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering and sits on 16-inch alloy wheels shod in 195/50 tires with stopping power provided by front ventilated or rear solid discs.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata follows the already familiar KODO design language implemented by the Japanese brand. It is equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 1.5-liter gasoline engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission. The US version will be available with a larger 2.0-liter powering unit but Mazda hasn't offered details yet. However, according to some reports the 1.5-liter will generate around 140 bhp (104 kW) whereas the 2.0-liter is going to produce 200 bhp (149 kW). The vehicle will go on the market in 2015.
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