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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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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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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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Modded budget Mazda Miata takes on new Porsche Boxster in more challenges

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 24th, 2014

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Mazda MX-5 vs. Porsche Boxster

Earlier this month, our friends across the pond at Auto Express released the first in a two-video series that would see them try and build up a second-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata that could best a standard Porsche Boxster around the track. While that first video detailed the mods to the MX-5 – a supercharger, some suspension upgrades and a new set of super-sticky rubber being chief among them – and set baseline lap times for the stock car, today, we have the results of the 5,000-pound ($8,200) upgrade job.

Of course, we aren’t going to spoil those for you. You’ll need to watch the full video, which recaps the upgrades before digging into a comparison of both straight-line-speed differences between the 2.7-liter Porsche Boxster and blown Miata, as well as their behavior and lap times on the track.

Take a look and let us know what you think in Comments.

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Modded budget Mazda Miata takes on new Porsche Boxster in more challenges originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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What you missed on 9.11.14

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 12th, 2014

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Daily U-Turn

Luca de MontezemoloOur favorite Ferraris of the Montezemolo Era

Big news at Ferrari: CEO Luca di Montezemolo is officially stepping down. In his wake, he leaves quite a legacy, and thus, the Autoblog editors have been reminiscing about our favorite Prancing Horse models from Montezemolo’s tenure. Of course, what started as a simple discussion turned into an all out battle, but you can read our staff’s five favorite Ferraris from the ’90s and ’00s, here.

Maserati GhibliDriving Maserati’s diesel-powered Ghibli

Slowly but surely, automakers are warming up to the idea of diesel engines in sports car applications. We’ve seen products from Porsche, BMW, and Audi all burning hot oil, and the latest darling comes from Maserati, with its diesel-powered Ghibli sedan. This one isn’t headed Stateside anytime soon, but European Editor Noah Joseph took it for a spin to see how a diesel powerplant affects the already-good Ghibli. Read his notes, here.

Mazda MX-5 MiataMazda MX-5 Miata to ditch hardtop?

Say it ain’t so! Could Mazda be ditching the power folding hardtop with its fourth-generation MX-5 Miata? There’s plenty of evidence that suggests this could be the case, but there’s also a solid argument for the hardtop to live on. Read all about it in our report, and of course, let us know your thoughts on this matter, as well.

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What you missed on 9.11.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata first engine shot revealed

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 8th, 2014

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Clandestine engine photo of 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata prototype

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata - front three-quarter viewWe’ve dug deep for just about every scrap of 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata info available out of the car’s California reveal celebration, but powertrain particulars have been especially hard to come by. While we still don’t have engine specifications, the folks over at Autoweek have scored a nice scoop – the first underhood photos of one of the display cars.

In the image above, the ND-generation Miata is clearly shown to be powered by a Skyactiv inline four-cylinder, as expected, but its displacement remains unclear. The engine is most likely either the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine offered in low-end Mazda3 and CX-5 models or the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G found in those same vehicles’ upper trims. In those iterations, the 2.0-liter generates 155 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque, while the larger-displacement engine nets out at 184 hp and 185 lb-ft. There is no sign of a turbocharger, a feature rumored to be fitted to at least one test mule. There has also been previous rumors of a 1.5-liter Skyactiv engine, possibly for overseas markets.

The 2.0-liter strikes us as the most likely scenario, particularly as Mazda has worked diligently to save every gram in the new car, dropping a pledged 100 kilograms (220 pounds) over the current model, even while adding content. It’s entirely possible that the alleged turbo car was, in fact, a mule for the Miata’s Alfa Romeo sister car, which is expected to have a wholly different powertrain. Or it could simply be a second engine option for an eventual Mazdaspeed variant, perhaps.

Autoweek also notes that the battery is located in the very front of the engine compartment, as opposed to in the trunk like the NA and NB Miata. The new car’s passenger compartment has been pushed back in the chassis and weight distribution near 50:50 has been pledged, so it likely wasn’t necessary to put the battery in the back where it would eat up precious cargo space and require the added weight of longer leads. According to AW’s report, packaging is extremely tight, with prominent coil-on-plug fixtures up top and a four-point strut tower brace vying for eyeball time.

The publication goes on to speculate that the MX-5 could have output figures lurking somewhere between Mazda’s existing 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines, possibly with new heads and revised airflow. That makes sense to us, as we’d expect the ND to make a similar horsepower figure to the current car, if only to stave off criticism from spec-sheet bench racers.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata first engine shot revealed originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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