Tom Matano on the 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 [Exclusive]

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Designer of original Miata, Tom Matano, looking over the 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5

Tom Matano-san was one of the original team who brought the world the original Mazda Miata more than 25 years ago. Now, Matano-san is taking in the fourth generation of the car, the 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5. Mazda did not reveal any technical specifications except to say that the car is about 220 pounds lighter than the car it replaces.  This makes for a rear-wheel roadster that weighs 2,399 lbs! The rest of it is all about the design: proportions and details.

What does he think?  Can he pick a favorite feature? Is there a least favorite for him? Is he ready to pass judgement right off the bat? Watch the video to find out.

Also, is there any competition to the 2016 Miata? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Check out this photo gallery of the next little roadster from the debut event.

Andre Smirnov
Andre Smirnov

Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, software engineer, writer, and reporter. He has been writing and reporting at TFLcar since 2011.