You know it, you love it, you want it… it’s the car that redefined what the modern roadster is and put the “sport” back into the sports car – it’s the Mazda Miata. The Miata is a true modern icon that first made its appearance way back in 1989 and since then over 850,000 have been sold. It’s small, quick and with its front engine rear drive layout it’s an absolute hoot to drive at the limit. Right now the current 2010 Mazda Miata comes stock with a 167 hp 2.0-liter 4-banger that propels the Miata to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds.
There is talk that Mazda is going to ditch the Miata’s traditional 4-cylinder and go with a rotary engine for 2012. Autoblog is reporting that the new engine will have a displacement of either 1.2 or 1.3 liters but since rotary engines get dismal fuel economy the Miata may in fact be a hybrid. Keep in mind that this may not happen but if it does one thing we do know is that consumers should expect a decent bump in price as hybrids of any kind are not cheap.