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What if: Should a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Coupe Look Like This?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/9/2014 Alex Nishimoto

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the hottest new car debuts of the year. So far, initial reactions to the redesigned roadster have been mostly positive. But just as with every previous generation, enthusiasts continue to pose that lingering hypothetical: "What if there was a Miata coupe variant?" Rumors of such a model's existence pop up every now and then, but so far nothing has come to fruition. While we still have no evidence that a Miata coupe is in the works, these CG renderings give us an idea of what a closed-roof version of the 2016 MX-5 might look like.

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From the profile view, the car looks like a shrunken-down FD-generation Mazda RX-7. The B-pillar's shape is similar to that of the last RX-7, though the rear glass doesn't slope as far back. The 2016 Miata's more cab-rearward proportions help it look even more like its rotary-powered ancestor.

2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Coupe Rendering Front Left Side© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Coupe Rendering Front Left Side A coupe variant would help the Miata compete against the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, which are currently both offered exclusively as coupes. Though our fantasy Miata coupe and the Toyobaru twins would share a body style, it's still unknown how close they'll be in terms of output. Mazda hasn't said much about the 2016 Miata's drivetrain, only that it will utilize the brand's latest Skyactiv technologies. The bare Miata chassis shown off in New York earlier this year featured a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine of unknown displacement, but we can't say for sure if that's what the production model will get.

2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Coupe Rendering Right Rear View© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Coupe Rendering Right Rear View Again, there's no evidence Mazda is planning a coupe version of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. But if it is, do you think it should look something like these renderings? Tell us in the comments below and check out all three of the Miata coupe renderings in the gallery.

Image Source: Chris Doane Automotive

2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Coupe Rendering Right Side© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Coupe Rendering Right Side
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