New test mule for the next-generation Mazda MX-5 spotted performance testing in Germany
24 October 2013

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 has been spotted performance testing at the Nürburgring.

This model appears to be both longer and wider than current-generation MX-5s. The platform of this car will also be shared with the upcoming Alfa Romeo Spider.

A heavily disguised prototype, believed to be testing proportions and technology for both models, was recently caught testing in the US.

Both the MX-5 and the Alfa Romeo Spider will be sold with their own range of engines. Mazda reportedly intends to fit its MX-5 with a new naturally aspirated 1.6-litre SkyActiv engine, which develops around 130bhp, as the staple unit. A diesel engine option is also being considered.

Alfa Romeo, meanwhile, is likely to fit the Spider with its own 1.4-litre TB MultiAir engine, which is currently offered in the Giulietta in 119bhp and 168bhp forms. A higher-capacity 1750TB unit – the same engine as seen in the new Alfa Romeo 4C – is also likely to be used. Power for the range is likely to go from 120bhp through to 237bhp.

A six-speed manual gearbox is likely to be offered as the standard option in both cars, although a paddle-shift six-speed unit could also become available.

Commonality between the two cars is said to be relatively low, at around 40 per cent. A more typical figure for joint-venture projects is 60 per cent.

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24 September 2013

interesting vertical seams between the front wheel and the door, and on the door itself - presumably extra wheelbase being cut in for engine bay and passenger legroom?

24 September 2013

....and it looks like it may be quite wedgy in production form. Check out the raised brake light mounted above the boot. That must be to simulate where it will be located on the final version, and it suggests the tail will be quite high. It also seems to indicate that the rumours of a retro style car based on the look of the 60's Duetto aren't true, as autocar recently suggested.

haz

24 September 2013

A diesel MX-5 lol what next a diesel Lotus Elise?

24 September 2013

A Diesel MX5!?
Diesel is for a boat, not for a roadster...

A34

24 September 2013

... Was a cruel joke on Autocar readers. Well played. So I'll pass on the joke and pester my Mazda dealer for a diesel MX5 with a CVT auto and fixed roof...

24 September 2013

Please proof read the article. Terrible.

25 September 2013

A diesel MX5? ... Yes ... Funny ... Considering the stock Mazda diesel is the (admitedly rather good) 2.2 lump, I would think this would weigh down the nose so much that it would be almost unwhieldy ...

25 September 2013

I see plenty of diesel SLK's, 3 series cabs, A3 cabs etc. Why not Mazda?

Be silly to ignore the customer base who want a convertible, good fuel economy and arent too fussed to have the nth word in driving dynamics. A 1.6 diesel with 130bhp would give it easily enough go.

I would never personally have a derv powered convertible may I add though. Far too much fun with the roof down flying through tunnels,

25 September 2013

Although this new “Spider” model is (to be) produced with Mazda, the business plan - announced earlier - that will see closer collaboration between Alfa Romeo and Maserati, is to be applauded. One can only hope the Fiat group also has the sense to remove Alfa from the “pile it high, sell it cheap” influence of the Fiat brand . . . . and, align Alfa’s presence within the market place alongside Maserati and Ferrari.

25 October 2013

I'm not to keen on the references to "longer and wider" even if this new generation MX5 is said to be lighter than the outgoing model. And to me, the long bonnet, short tail proportions make this design old fashioned just like a BMW Z4.
I think the Honda Beat concept recently unveiled shows the way forward for small sports cars and it's the one that excites me.

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