British Motor Show: Mazda MX-5 Hardtop

British Motor Show: Mazda MX-5 Hardtop

Mazda took the wraps off the MX-5 Roadster Coupe earlier today at the 2006 British Motor Show. Using technology first developed for the origami industry, the company's engineers figured out a way to fit the roof — which Mazda says is the fastest in production (12 seconds from top to not) — into the same space as the softtop model's cloth top. Doing so, they've preserved trunk space, but added 66 pounds (the weight kind) to the package — which required additional suspension tuning to offset. The production model will be in dealerships by Spring '07.

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