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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club and Launch Edition unveiled

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 1st, 2015

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Mazda is unveiling fresh Club and Launch editions of the new MX-5 Miata at the 2015 New York Auto Show, making the prospect of ordering the new Japanese roadster even more tempting.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club and Launch Edition unveiled originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda to reveal MX-5 Miata Club Edition in New York

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 26th, 2015

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Mazda pledges to bring a new Club Edition of its MX-5 Miata roadster to the New York Auto Show next week. The name sounds promising, but the Japanese automaker isn’t saying much about what we should expect.

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Mazda to reveal MX-5 Miata Club Edition in New York originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to make video-game debut next week in Forza Horizon 2 [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 13th, 2015

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The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be offered as part of a free, four-vehicle car pack on March 17. Gamers will also have a chance to win an MX-5 in a new Rivals contest. What’s more, we learn that the production MX-5 will supposedly weigh just 2,332 pounds in US-spec form.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to make video-game debut next week in Forza Horizon 2 [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:01:00 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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Mazda starts production of new MX-5 Miata in Japan

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 5th, 2015

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It’s official, boys and girls: Mazda has kicked off the start of production of the new MX-5 Miata at its Ujina plant in Hiroshima, Japan.

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Mazda starts production of new MX-5 Miata in Japan originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on January 30th, 2015

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We get our first taste of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata in a pre-production, Japanese-spec model. Senior Editor Steven Ewing puts the new Miata through its paces along the gorgeous backroads of Spain.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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 a knight in white satin

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 20th, 2014

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

We’re not going to lie to you. The reason you’re seeing the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata on these pages again is solely because this is the first time we’re seeing the roadster displayed in a color other than the ruby shade it was first shown in. Okay, okay, so this is the first time the Miata is being displayed at a North American auto show other than SEMA, and we’d say that this is the first time Mazda is showing a US-spec model, but clearly this is a right-hand-drive car. Either way, there’s still not much to it yet, especially since Mazda is still withholding power and performance figures.

As expected, the ND Miata, as it is already known among the cognoscenti, will receive a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder and the buyer’s choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic here in the US. The 1.5-liter model engine that had been linked to the car back in the rumormill stage will not make it to our showrooms.

Preliminary specifications still show the Miata measuring just 154.1 inches in length overall, with an increased track width to 68.1 inches and a low, low overall height of 49.0 inches. Despite the larger-displacement engine and its presumably heavier weight, Mazda is still claiming ideal 50:50 weight distribution and a weight loss of over 220 pounds versus today’s NC generation. All of which sounds like the Miata has the right ingredients to make good on its promised Jinba Ittai (“rider and horse as one”) driving experience.

It might be just plain ol’ white paint, but you can color us excited.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata a knight in white satin originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda previews 2016 Miata Global MX-5 Cup racer

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 5th, 2014

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At this point, we all know that the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a highly capable racing platform. Mazda even claims that the car is the most road-raced model in the world. Fittingly, then, the Japanese brand is making a huge announcement about the future of motorsport for its next-generation convertible. The MX-5 Cup is going worldwide in 2016 as the MX-5 Global Cup, and all of the racers are getting behind the wheel of the upcoming fourth-gen Miata, similar to the gorgeous redhead pictured above.

“It has long been our goal to see Mazda fans around the world competing in identical MX-5s, and the launch of the 2016 MX-5 Miata is the perfect time to make this goal a reality,” said Masahiro Moro, Managing Executive Officer in charge of Global Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for Mazda in the company’s announcement.

The racing version makes its grand debut at this year’s SEMA show, although at the moment it’s really more of a concept. Mazda confirms that the racer uses the 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder, but the other important parts like tires, suspension and safety equipment are not yet determined. The cars “will be sold ready to race from a single supplier,” according to automaker’s announcement for the series.

The company has time to figure all of that out, though. The first of these one-make racers won’t hit the track in the MX-5 Global Cup until 2016 with a series of identical cars running in North America, Europe and Asia. The world championship will be at a Global Shootout at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The grand prize will be a test in Mazda’s prototype running in the United SportsCar Championship.

Tracks, dates and other details will be announced later. Until then, click through the gallery to check out this racer from every angle, and scroll down to read the company’s announcement.

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Mazda previews 2016 Miata Global MX-5 Cup racer originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:00:00 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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