Anyone who has ever driven a Mazda Miata knows that it is one of the best sports cars on the road today. It’s small, well balanced and an absolute hoot to drive when pushed to its limits. It’s so good in fact, that the Miata has developed one of the biggest fans bases of any car… ever. The third and current generation Mazda Miata was released in 2006, which means that an overhaul of the beloved little roadster is about due. Lucky for us Autocar has just released some tasty little tidbits of information about the next generation Miata, that should makes its faithful followers excited.
Apparently the next Miata will be using a similar design architecture to the current rotary powered, twin-backbone framed RX-8. What that means is that the engineers are hoping to place the engine behind the front axle, and the fuel tank and exhaust in front of the rear axle. Doing this will optimize the cars weight distribution, which in turn should deliver a convertible with the rigidity of a hard-top coupe. According to Takao Kijima, chief engineer on the MX-5 project, “The MX-5 must always be lightweight sports. The car has got bigger and heavier over the past decade, but it’s now time to reverse the process and get back to basics.”