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Mazda Sends Miata to Weight Watchers

Next-gen 2-seater expected to drop 720 pounds.

by on Jun.09, 2011

Back to basics? The next-gen Miata could lose as much as a quarter of its current weight.

Too bad they don’t let machines compete on the top-rated TV reality show, the “Biggest Loser,” because Mazda’s next-generation Miata is being put on a serious diet.

The Japanese roadster is expected to drop 720 pounds, nearly 30% of its current 2,480 mass.  In fact, Inside Line quotes Mazda sources telling it the new model will be substantially lighter than the original, 1989 Miata, which weighed in at a svelte 2,178 pounds.

Most automakers have begun targeting weight as they stare down some tough new mileages standards, which climb to 35.5 mpg in 2016 and could be nudged as high as 62 mpg by 2025.

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“Mass is the enemy of efficiency,” Eric Cahill, director of last year’s Automotive X-Prize told

But it’s also an obstacle to performance and handling, one reason the mantra of Lotus Cars founder, the late Colin Chapman, was to “simplicate and add lightness.”