According to a recent report, the next generation of the Mazda MX-5 is scheduled to be some 400 pounds lighter than the current car. The new MX-5 will carry a total weight somewhere within the 1,760-pound range. As such, Mazda engineers are still working to reduce the long-running roadster's overall weight. In order to do so, they are shifting to high-strength steel for the chassis and considering a lighter engine.
What we are looking at here is a 1.4-liter turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder under the hood. No word yet if Mazda is going to increase the engine's overall output. Keeping up with technology, engineers have supposedly replaced the traditional paper owner's manual with an electronic copy on a USB stick. This will help to cut weight since there will be no dashboard glove compartment. The new lighter and improved MX-5 bears a weight resemblance to the original 1989 model as opposed to the heavier 2011 model.
An exact launch date has not been announced, but we're guessing sometime in late 2012. UPDATE: Mazda is now claiming that not all of the rumors are true. They do confirm the next MX-5 will be lighter and will be powered by one of their new and more efficient Skyactiv engines, but the 1,760-pound target weight is not true. In all likelihood, it will drop some 50 to 100 pounds.