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 150 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.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Launch Edition - $31,315
The Miata Launch Edition will feature a host of exclusive features, including Soul Red Paint, Sport Tan Leather Interior, larger 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated seats, premium audio and enhanced i-ACTIVESENSE safety system. In hopes of eliminating potential markups, prospective shoppers can place pre-orders on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at www.longlivetheroadster.com.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport - $25,735
The Miata Sport will have more standard features than the current 2015 Miata, including 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, LED headlights and tail lights, integrated Bluetooth, leather-wrapped shift knob, USB input and the all important power door locks. The Sport is for the shopper who wants the most affordable Miata possible.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club - $29,420
For those who want the ultimate track-ready Miata, Mazda will offer the Club trim level which features a specific group of options that improve handling and performance. The upgrades include sinister 17-inch aluminum wheels shod with sticky 205/45/17 tires, a more aggressive front airdam, trunk-mounted spoiler, MAZDA CONNECT with 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and nine-speaker BOSE Audio System.
The two features drivers will be thrilled about the most are the limited-slip differential and stout Bilstein shocks. Moreover, an optional $3,400 package will also offer even lighter and strong 17-inch forged wheels, beefy Brembo brakes and even more aggressive aerodynamics. If you add up what these parts would cost separately, you'll easily see that it's a downright bargain.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring - $30,885
Finally, the Grand Touring trim level will add headrest-mounted speakers, a BMW-esque commander control knob, Homelink garage door opener, rain-sensing wipers and adaptive headlights to go along with the Bose 9-speaker audio, MAZDA CONNECT and Mazda i-ACTIVESENSE safety suite.
Price and Release Date
Pricing will start around $24,950 and top out at about $30,000 when the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata hits dealers just in time for Summer 2015. We've heard the Miata Launch Edition will be released into the wild on/around May 31, 2015. Pre-orders for the Launch Edition begin May 5, 2015.