The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best-selling two-seater of all time. Since its 1989 introduction, the Miata has stood for affordable everyman performance like no vehicle before it, carrying on in the spirit of classic British roadsters while itself spawning a new generation of open-top, value-priced sports cars. Now we can feast our eyes on the all-new fourth-generation “ND” 2016 model, which promises more power, lighter curb weight, and an increased focus on premium interior quality.
Have a look at Mazda’s latest and you’ll see a clear lack of any sort of sharp angles or the polarizing and frankly a bit goofy bulbous elements found on the current 2015 car. The impossibly long and low hood and aggressive HID headlamps flow seamlessly into the coke-bottle side profile, moving toward flared rear fenders and a cleverly tapered rear end.
On the inside, body-color trim pieces and fine leather show off Mazda’s new commitment to build quality, feeling more luxurious than the spartan cabins of previous models while maintain an ergonomic, driver-focused atmosphere.
1/30/15 Update: Horsepower numbers have finally been released. The 2016 Miata will pack 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque from its SKYACTIV-G 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and will be paired to a 6-speed conventional manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. We're fully aware that the 155 hp is less than the current models 167 horsepower, but fuel efficiency and emissions were high up on the list for the engineers. That being said, the new Miata is roughly 230 pounds lighter than the 2015 model. Fuel efficiency should also rise to 24/30 mpg.
What’s more, the car benefits from a diet of lightened materials that help decrease curb weight by more than 220 pounds at each trim level when compared with the 2,480-2,593-lb. current model. That Mazda could pull off such lightness in today’s age of modern safety regulations is an engineering feat in and of itself. Once again, Mazda will show its commitment to motorsport in offering a factory-produced and backed MX-5 Cup Racer, ready from the showroom including all requisite track safety equipment for competition in thriving one-make series the world over.
Price and Release Date
Pricing will start around $24,500 and top out at about $30,000 when the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata hits dealers just in time for Summer 2015.