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Old 02-21-2005, 12:50 AM
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They did a nice job with it. Should be a good seller.
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If that's it, I dont particularly like the front, from that pic at least.

They did apply a lot of Ibuki on it, indeed.
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Actual Miata photos.......







I am hearing this scan is from the April MotorTrend.
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they might as well create a 2door RX-8 w/ a hard top! That would be hott!
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Originally Posted by gavriil
They did apply a lot of Ibuki on it, indeed.
@ Ibuki

I think I've seen some dirty japanese movies like that.
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they might as well create a 2door RX-8 w/ a hard top! That would be hott!
Are you serious?
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I'll take the Soltice first.
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Not a fan of the front.. I'd take a Solstice or Sky coupe over this
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The Sky looks a lot better.
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The rear is identical to the current car, no?
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Should've gone with that other design from the autobild pic.
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Old 02-22-2005, 12:04 AM
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Source: Autoweek Forum
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Sky > Miata



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Thats it? Thats not exciting at all...its looks as if FORD was involved.
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It took them how many years to come up with that?
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It took them how many years to come up with that?
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Old 02-22-2005, 01:47 PM
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dissappointing... I was expecting more...

Junkster, who is waiting for the performance numbers
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I remember that stupid front end:

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No likey.
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Old 02-22-2005, 05:34 PM
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WOW.....this thing looks like it BARELY evolved.....BORING!
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Mazda MX-5 -- Source: Autoweek

Mazda MX-5

The third-generation MX-5 roadster will debut. U.S. sales begin in the spring, and European sales start in August. The rear-drive car is sold here as the MX-5 Miata. The redesigned two-passenger convertible is slightly larger than the current model. The interior is more spacious and features higher quality materials. The rear end is flatter and wider to accommodate a larger trunk.







































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Giddyup! Mazda unbridles its third-generation MX-5 Miata at Geneva - -- By NATALIE NEFF - - Source: Autoweek

Sixteen years and 700,000 units ago, Mazda launched its back-to-basics Miata onto a roadster-hungry public. And while the aging two-seater, last redesigned in 1998, still finds favor among legions of driving purists the world over, Mazda felt that it was about time to give the fun little sports car a much-needed makeover.

This third-generation car, which debuts in early March at the Geneva motor show, will draw power from a new 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder, up from a 1.8-liter engine in the Miata today. The bigger engine will turn out about 20 more horses as well, reaching upward of 160 hp. The torque climbs to about 140 lb-ft.

Shifting duty will fall to one of two six-speed units, either a manual or automatic with a shift-it-yourself-via-paddles option.

Physically the Miata has grown in just about every measurable dimension, with a 2.6-inch longer wheelbase, as well as a 3.0-inch wider front track and 2.1-inch wider rear track. Overall length and height have increased nominally, each by just 0.8 inch, but the Miata is now measurably wider, by 1.6 inches.

That extra width comes courtesy of a departure in styling for the little roadster, which for the first time abandons its characteristic Coke-bottle shape for a more RX-8-like design, complete with flatter flanks and bulbous front fenders. The additional space afforded by this move not only benefits passengers with more hip and shoulder room, but also allows for the addition of side-impact airbags.

Look for a more complete review of the new Miata closer to the carís on-sale date, which Mazda says will be sometime later this year.
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160/140 = meh... The Sky/Solstice have this outclassed now
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Originally Posted by cusdaddy
160/140 = meh... The Sky/Solstice have this outclassed now
The Sky will kill this Miata. Watch.
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Is it even big enough to squeeze my fat ass in now?
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Originally Posted by gavriil
The Sky will kill this Miata. Watch.


It will have 170/170 at the onset and in Detroit I spoke to one of the Sky engineers. He hinted at at 220+ hp version in the not too distant future.
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Old 02-23-2005, 12:04 AM
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Those close up pics of the orange center console are disappointing. The plastic looks so cheap.
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Old 02-23-2005, 12:29 AM
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interior is nice though.
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How is the kerb weight affected?
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I like the interior except that orange plastic stuff. The Sky does look better on the outside, though.
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I think that looks great inside and out.
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The two-tone interior looks great in the far away pics, but when you get up close it's a little cheap-looking. Even so, I think they have the Solstice/Sky beat there.

Power is another story... Mazdaspeed?
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Is it that much bigger?? Or are they using midgets as models?

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Originally Posted by cusdaddy
160/140 = meh... The Sky/Solstice have this outclassed now

I wouldn't be so sure, the Miata will be ~500lbs lighter than the Sky or Solstice.
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I just noticed the integrated cupholders in the doors. Nifty idea.
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I cant beleve thats it....but its like the difference from 97-98, realy nothing much to get excited about....if i was gonna get a miata, id just try and get a good deal on one now before the new one comes out...maby you could get a good deal on a mazdaspeed one. But i hate to say it, but id RATHER own a saturn then a mazda....what is this world coming too!!!!
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Originally Posted by heyitsme
I wouldn't be so sure, the Miata will be ~500lbs lighter than the Sky or Solstice.
Where did you see the official figures of both cars? I doubt it will be 500lbs lighter. Maybe 200 or so, but 500 sounds like a bit much
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Originally Posted by Speed_Racer
Is it that much bigger?? Or are they using midgets as models?

im going for midgets!!!!!!!!!
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But i hate to say it, but id RATHER own a saturn then a mazda....what is this world coming too!!!!
GM is (finally) waking up, that's why. With all the rebadging they do, I'm surprised it took them this long to take Opels and slap the Saturn badge on them.
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Originally Posted by cusdaddy
160/140 = meh... The Sky/Solstice have this outclassed now
Yep. Both look waayyy better, and fresher. The good part is, with the driving dynamics of Kappa and the powertrain in the cars, it'll run circles around the Miata while looking good doing it.
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