Just like the car itself, Mazda's poster showing all MX-5s takes the minimalist approach.
Miata fans rejoice. Mazda has a free poster to share showing all four generations of the beloved MX-5, from the original version launched in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show to the ND model unveiled almost two years ago. With the latest generation, the Zoom-Zoom company has gone back to the roadster’s roots to prove less is indeed more. It is shorter than the first one and at the same time lighter than the third-gen model.
As if the regular MX-5 wasn’t already hugely appealing, Mazda is giving its little roadster even more flair by offering a Retractable Fastback (RF) version. The main attraction is represented by a power-folding targa top in the same vein as the one you get with the much more expensive Porsche 911 Targa. Deliveries in the United States are slated to begin in the first quarter of 2017, with the first 1,000 units part of a Launch Edition featuring some extra bells and whistles to sweeten the deal.
For something with tremendously more punch, we should remind you there’s an insane fourth-gen MX-5 out there prepared by Flyin’ Miata. It’s a heavily modified version with 525 hp (391 kW) coming from a GM-sourced LS3 V8 linked to a six-speed T56 Termec manual gearbox. Despite the engine transplant, the custom Miata is only 264 pounds (119 kilograms) heavier than a stock model fitted with the 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G unit, so it tips the scales at 2,592 lbs (1,175 kg).
Speaking of weight, Mazda is already talking about cutting even more fat by making use of carbon fiber for the fifth installment of its ever so popular roadster. It’s due to come out around 2021 with just about the same proportions as today’s model, but with a lower curb weight that could also come together with a downsized engine (possibly a three-cylinder) and smaller tires. That way, the best-selling two-seater sports car in the world will remain faithful to its minimalist approach nicely demonstrated in the attached poster/wallpaper available in various resolutions.