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It has been recently reported by certain quarters that the new version of the Mazda MX-5 will list fuel consumption figures of just 3.4 l/100km compared to 8.1 l/100km for the current generation MX-5

The massive gain in fuel economy is expected to come thanks to the new MX-5’s rumoured 1000kg kerb weight which is only 60kg heavier than the original MX-5 and Mazda’s new SKY-G petrol engine.

Mazda says the new Sky-G direct injection petrol engine offers significantly improved fuel economy – 15 percent greater than the carmaker’s current 2.0 litre engine.

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The Sky-G features an all-new engine block, designed to reduce mechanical friction and produce an optimal air-fuel mix.

Mazda claims the new Sky-Drive automatic transmission improves fuel economy by approximately five percent. Whether the reported fuel figures is based on an automatic or manual variant of the new MX-5 is unclear.

With modern safety requirements a factor, the next MX-5 is unlikely to be a great deal smaller than the current model, meaning that clever engineering and lightweight construction will play a major role in the next generation MX-5.

Mazda’s MX-5 Superlight concept revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show weighs in at just 995kg, thanks to various weight-saving techniques.

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