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2015 Mazda MX-5 Will Be Feather Light

Set to have the best power-to-weight ratio since the first-gen model.

We’ve been patiently waiting for the arrival of the fourth-gen Mazda MX-5, and by all indications it’s going to be so worth it. Granted, there are some who will forever see the MX-5 as a "girly car," but driving purists are quick to dispute that claim. There’s simply no other roadster on the planet that offers the power-to-weight ratio and fun-to-drive factor for a cost of about $25k out the door. It’s that simple. And over the years, the MX-5 has actually gotten a bit bigger and heavier. That will change in 2015.

A Mazda source has confirmed the 2015 MX-5 will have a curb weight of less than 2,200 lbs. and the best power-to-weight ratio in the car’s history. With the final design complete, the most difficult aspect of engineering the car was managing that weight loss as well as making sure the little roadster still met rigorous crash safety standards. This is being accomplished with greater use of lightweight building materials as well as Mazda’s own SkyActiv engine and transmission technologies. A turbo four is likely and a six-speed manual gearbox will remain standard. And perhaps just as important, the next MX-5 will still be affordably priced.

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