No plans for a Mazda MX-5 Boxster beater

speaking at the 2014 Paris motor Show, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, programme manager for the Mazda MX-5, said there was no desire to push the two-seater sports automobile upmarket to compete with premium models like the Porsche Boxster or much more focused automobiles such as the Lotus Elise.
He said: “There are five tenets for the MX-5. It should be rear-wheel drive and front-engined, compact and lightweight, have a 50:50 weight distribution, have a accurate feel and be affordable.
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“It’s very easy to use expensive materials, but it would not be in line with our customers’ expectations. [It would not be] affordable, which limits the scope of our customers to those who are very wealthy. It’s not the way the MX-5 ought to head.”
Mazda MX-5: new engines to outperform old units 
Although no powertrain details have been revealed, bosses say the 1.5-litre unit will be joined by a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. thanks to a combination of decreased weight – the new automobile weighs around 1,050kg – and enhanced power, both the 1.5 and 2.0-litre models will outperform the 1.8 and 2.0-litre engines found in the current car.
The new MX-5 will use an electric power-steering set-up for the first time. but in purchase to limit the relative lack of feel over a hydraulic system, the new automobile sees the power-steering mechanism mounted on the steering rack rather than on the steering column. According to Yamamoto, this allows the chauffeur to benefit from all-important torsional feedback. “We are placing extra emphasis on steering feel,” he said. despite being shorter than ever, with a decreased wheelbase and the engine mounted far back behind the front wheels, Mazda says the passenger compartment is the same size as that of the current car.
Will a Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe hard-top join the range? 
The automobile will go on sale next summer as a soft-top roadster, but a hard-top Roadster Coupe version will be launched some time later. Although bosses remain tight-lipped, the hard-top model could feature substantially different styling. Yamamoto said whatever the final design, it would “supersede expectations”.
Kevin Rice, Mazda Europe’s creative director, said that the car’s taut styling hides far-reaching weight saving measures. The car’s new SkyActiv platform contributes the bulk of weight-saving, but features such as decreasing the current car’s five wheelnut per wheel arrangement to four has assisted Mazda’s engineers in achieving a kerbweight of just over a tonne. Rice said the external aerial – an unusual feature in modern automobiles – was much more to finish with technical requirements for the audio system to work in all markets than a homage to past MX-5 models.

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