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It's the new Mazda MX-5 roadster!

2005-02-23 09:18

New MX-5 is inspired by Ibuki concept car

The 2006 Mazda MX-5 will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

Although the new roadster also bears a close design resemblance to the first two generations of the MX-5 it is clearly inspired by the Ibuki concept car which was showcased at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show.

The new MX-5 features a curvaceous nose with a large, oval air scoop. Another prominent styling cue is the muscular wheel arches. The MX-5 also gets wider, larger 17-inch wheels, too.

It offers more cabin space too as the car has grown in length, width and height.

Mazda has also kept the basic front-midship engine layout, driving the rear wheels. However, as with the Ibuki, the engine moves a bit rearward, which results in a weight balance close to 50:50. The MX-5 is about 10kg heavier than its predecessor and torsional stiffness is up with 47%.

The new MX-5 gets a new 118 kW 2.0-liter in-line four engine as well as a 92 kW 1.8-liter powerplant.

A new, six-speed manual transmission will be offered at launch, while a six-speed automatic, with steering-wheel-mounted paddles, will follow.

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