It’s time to get more information about the fourth-generation 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5. The US-spec version uses the 2.0L SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine that will produce 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.
This is basically the same engine as used in the Mazda3 and the CX-5 crossover. Actually, the engine in the Mazda3 and CX-5 pumps out 150 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm. The MX-5 version is said to make 148 lb-ft of twist, but the rpm range has not been specified.
The roadster will come with a choice of SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic. The ND Miata uses Mazda’s Electric Power Assisted rack and pinion (EPAS) steering. Double wishbone suspension is up front and multilink in the rear. It will be available with either 16-inch (195/50R16 for Sport model) or 17-inch wheels (205/45R17 for Club and GT models).
The company reiterates that the car sheds 150 pounds when compared to the predecessor. Naturally, the roadster has a 50:50 front to rear weight distribution.
Check out the reaction of Miata’s original designer Tom Matano on the 2016 Mazda MX-5.
Watch this TFLcar video of the 2016 MX-5 coming out party.