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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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Autoblog editors choose their favorite racecars of all time

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 26th, 2015

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We like fast machines around here, and that means we’re drawn to racecars past and present. Here’s a list of our favorites.

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Autoblog editors choose their favorite racecars of all time originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda planning more powerful MX-5?

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 3rd, 2015

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Mazda’s new MX-5 Miata hasn’t even hit showrooms yet, and already reports are suggesting that it could get either a bigger engine or a turbocharger to propel it into Mazdaspeed territory.

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Mazda planning more powerful MX-5? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:00:00 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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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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Britain’s BBR already promising 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata with 200+ horsepower originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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A car writer’s year in new sheetmetal [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 18th, 2014

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I figured it would be interesting to parse the figures and quantify my year in cars in a way I’d never done before.

Christmas is only a week away. The New Year is just around the corner. As 2014 draws to a close, I’m not the only one taking stock of the year that’s we’re almost shut of.

Depending on who you are or what you do, the end of the year can bring to mind tax bills, school semesters or scheduling dental appointments. For me, for the last eight or nine years, at least a small part of this transitory time is occupied with recalling the cars I’ve driven over the preceding 12 months.

Since I started writing about and reviewing cars in 2006, I’ve done an uneven job of tracking every vehicle I’ve been in, each year. Last year I made a resolution to be better about it, and the result is a spreadsheet with model names, dates, notes and some basic facts and figures.

Armed with this basic data and a yen for year-end stories, I figured it would be interesting to parse the figures and quantify my year in cars in a way I’d never done before. The results are, well, they’re a little bizarre, honestly. And I think they’ll affect how I approach this gig in 2015.

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A car writer’s year in new sheetmetal [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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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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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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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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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