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Meet our new long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club!

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 19th, 2016

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A year with a Miata. It’s gonna be great.

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Meet our new long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club! originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This is the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF targa-roof fastback

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 23rd, 2016

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The RF, or retractable fastback, version of the Miata roadster surprises before the New York International Auto Show with a targa roof setup.

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Flyin’ Miata is building a V8-powered MX-5 ND

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 18th, 2016

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Flyin’ Miata is in the early stages of creating a V8-powered 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, and we can’t wait to see the finished product.

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Flyin’ Miata is building a V8-powered MX-5 ND originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Miata could get retractable hardtop in New York

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 18th, 2016

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Mazda is teasing a world premiere for the New York Auto Show, and the most likely model is the latest generation Miata with a power retracting hardtop.

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Mazda Miata could get retractable hardtop in New York originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fiat version of Mazda MX-5 Miata to be called 124 Spider

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 7th, 2015

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Sergio Marchionne confirms that the 124 Spider is the name for Fiat’s forthcoming roadster. The Italian sports car almost certainly shares a platform for the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata and reportedly debuts some time in 2016.

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Fiat version of Mazda MX-5 Miata to be called 124 Spider originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Britain’s BBR already promising 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata with 200+ horsepower

Published by Mazda Blogs on January 9th, 2015

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British tuner BBR is already hard at work at trying to squeeze more power from the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder engine. The company thinks that the mill can make around 200 horsepower without even adding any forced induction.

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This is what a 1,200-hp twin-turbo 4-rotor looks like in a Miata

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 12th, 2014

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The engine bay of drifter

We’ve seen the diminutive Mazda MX-5 Miata swallow plenty of big engines, but New Zealand drifting ace “Mad Mike” Whiddett is roaring into where-no-man-has-gone-before territory. Wanting to replace his 515-horsepower “MADBUL” RX-7 and its twin-turbocharged, three-rotor 20B engine, his new ride is an NC-series Miata with four rotors and twin Garrett turbochargers courtesy of Pulse Performance Race Engineering. It is called “RADBUL,” and expected power at standard boost is 1,200 hp, but the builders at Pulse Performance think it will get up to 1,500 hp at full boost. And yes, that exhaust exits through the hood.

Four-rotor engines are actually popular – builds are detailed on forums like this one from 2007 and this one from 2008, this UK company or this Canadian company will sell you one complete – but they’re usually being prepped for an RX-7. Mad Mike’s choice of a Miata for this enterprise makes this about as extreme as you can get, short of throwing it into a Mazda R360. You can watch Mad Mike tell the story of the build in the video, and check out the first and second installments about the build on the Red Bull site.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will rock 2.0L SkyActiv engine in US, 1.5L elsewhere

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 2nd, 2014

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2016 Mazda Miata

Let the speculation finally end – we know what will power the next-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, and it’s not turbocharged. The US model will get a SkyActiv 2.0-liter engine and six-speed manual, while models in the rest of the world have a 1.5-liter engine, confirming earlier rumors.

Unfortunately, Mazda isn’t letting loose how much power either of these mills make just yet. For sake of comparison, the current SkyActiv 2.0 in the Mazda3 produces 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, and the 1.5-liter in the UK (and elsewhere) has about 99 hp and 110 lb-ft of twist. However, the current Miata produces 167 hp and 140 lb-ft.

But fret not droptop fans. The company’s brochure from the 2014 Paris Motor Show confirms, “all available drivetrains have been specially tuned for the all-new MX-5,” which at least hints at the possibility of more performance. Also, even if the numbers remain untouched, the new Miata should feel even more sporting on the open road. That’s because Mazda says the new model weighs in the neighborhood of 2,200 pounds; with that in mind, the 2016 car would boast around 14.19 pounds per horsepower versus 14.85 lb/hp in the present MX-5. Progress!

Mazda promises to end the anticipation and announce the actual outputs for these mills later.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will rock 2.0L SkyActiv engine in US, 1.5L elsewhere originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Aussie Mazda MX-5 Miata specs leak suggests power loss

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 12th, 2014

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata - studio front three-quarter view

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata engine spy shotMazda’s 2016 MX-5 Miata reveal didn’t include much in the way of specifications, but the car’s debut seems to have blown the lid off of the rumormill, with the latest word out of Australia including fresh claims of curb weight and engine output.

Before delving into the findings from Motoring.com, we’re going to take a moment to find a few grains of salt. It’s not that we don’t trust the Oz publication, it’s just that we wouldn’t be surprised to learn their car’s specifications will vary from that of our eventual North American car.

Of course, we don’t expect the footprint of the new ND model to itself to differ much – it will still be the most compact Miata ever – overall length is expected to check in at just over 154 inches – that’s about 1.4 inches shorter than the original NA Miata and over 4 inches shorter than today’s NC generation, yet it’ll ride atop a longer wheelbase and be slightly wider while sitting lower to the ground.

Motoring.com sources indicate that a 1.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder will nestle low in the ND’s engine bay, with a rating of just 96 kW – that’s 129 horsepower, a 13-percent drop in power over the Aussie-spec 2.0-liter four in the current Miata. Torque figures were apparently not disclosed by their source, but the publication expects the torque figure to come in above the 144 Nm (106 pound-feet) of the top-spec 1.5-liter four in the forthcoming Mazda2.

Countering that apparent shortfall is the car’s hotly anticipated drop in weight. The ADM MX-5 is said to weigh 1,020 kilograms – that’s just under 2,250 pounds – meaning Mazda would make good on its claimed 100-kg (220-pound) diet for the car. To put that number in perspective, ponder that a US-spec 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C has a curb weight of 2,465 pounds. True, it’s about 3 inches longer, but it’s also a car with a carbon-fiber tub, aluminum subframes, fiberglass skin and a deep-discount interior. Credit the Miata’s shrinking footprint, an increased use of aluminum and a by-the-gram approach to engineering. Some back-of-the-envelope calculations reveals that’s close to a 20-percent weight drop, which should go a long way toward compensating for the loss in power.

We’ve previously heard rumors of the Miata having a Skyactiv engine displacing anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 liters, with the smart money seemingly being on Mazda’s 2.0-liter engine seen in its Mazda3 compact. Despite the power drop, this 1.5-liter four could well provide enough motivation even for North American buyers, but we still wouldn’t be surprised to see the 2.0 fitted to our cars.

Mazda has confirmed that the 2016 MX-5 Miata will make its auto show debut at the Paris Motor Show early next month… will it also take the opportunity to attach some more specifications to the next generation of its iconic roadster? Here’s hoping. In the meantime, we’ve reached out to Mazda for clarification on these alleged specs and will get back to you if we learn more.

Aussie Mazda MX-5 Miata specs leak suggests power loss originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Teen Miata enthusiast and friend of Autoblog passes away

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 9th, 2014

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19-year-old Thomas Jost with his prized Mazda Miata

When Thomas’ illness made it impossible for him to drive, he relied on friends to do it for him.

Attending the reveal of the 2016 MX-5 Miata and the subsequent 25th anniversary celebration at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca confirmed that the little roadster maintains broad appeal, one not limited to the elderly or a certain gender as detractors might have you believe. In fact, the assembled crowd was surprisingly youthful, particularly amongst the club racer set and tuners. But one young Miata owner and superfan unfortunately wasn’t in attendance – Thomas Jost, 19, was busy fighting for his life in a Maryland hospital.

Sadly, it was a years-long battle he lost on Saturday afternoon.

Thomas, a Cleveland, OH-area teen, was at Maryland’s National Institutes of Health for treatment as part of his ongoing battle with a rare auto-immune disease known as Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis – the same genetic affliction that led to his mother’s death when Thomas was four years old. Experimental treatments related to CMC would eventually weaken his immune system, making him susceptible to a virus that led to his passing.

Thomas was a diehard MX-5 fan. I know this because my son, Nate, counted Thomas among his best friends. Thomas’ Mariner-Blue 1991 NA MX-5 was his first car, and my son describes him as “obsessed” with everything about his self-described “Smurfin’ Miata.” With the help of family and friends including my son, he not only customized the suspension, wheels and stereo on his Mazda, he eventually executed an automatic to manual transmission swap in his garage. He was also a member of the Autoblog community, often stealing away bits of time to read this website during his classes in high school. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Ohio Miata Owner’s Association.

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Teen Miata enthusiast and friend of Autoblog passes away originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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