Even smaller Mazda roadster rumored

Is Mazda working on a mini-Miata?

Mazda MX-2 rendering
Is Mazda working on a mini-Miata? Auto Express News

Model year bloat is an inevitability. Automotive models get bigger with each passing iteration. Even the bantam-weight Mazda MX-5 Miata is not immune and has grown substantially in the 20 years that it's been in production. Auto Express News thinks that Mazda is working on a smaller MX-2 roadster to slot beneath the growing MX-5 roadster.

If the rumors are to be believed, the micro-Miata will be powered by a smaller engine than the MX-5. Expect to see a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with both naturally aspirated and turbocharged variants, the latter making about 160 horsepower. If those numbers seem a little low, try to remember that we're talking about a vehicle that should be about the same size and weight as the first-generation Miata--only with about 30 more horsepower.

Auto Express News' sources hint that the Mazda MX-2 could be on roads as early as 2012.

(via Auto Express News)

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