Since its debut in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show, the Mazda MX-5 has become one of the most iconic roadsters in car culture. Fun for both purists and tuners alike, the MX-5 has become known worldwide and is a popular choice for auto enthusiasts. Mazda is keeping the roadster spirit alive and has unveiled the next generation MX-5 to the world. The bold and aggressive design of the car truly separates itself from it’s predecessors, giving it more masculine appeal, something reminiscent of the RX-7 days.
Notable updates in the 2016 model include the longer wheel base, longer hood, and lighter chassis which is said to be about 100kg lighter than the previous model. Enthusiasts will also note that the new MX-5 is not only visibly more lower, but shorter as well. Yes, the new MX-5 is about 105mm shorter than its predecessors, giving it a lower center of gravity and a more well planted stance. The new model certainly takes on a more euro-spec look, giving it a more serious sports car presence.
The new MX-5 will be sporting a Skyactive in line four-cylinder engine connected to a six-speed gearbox. The US model will get a 2.0-liter engine, while models in the rest of the world have a 1.5-liter engine. It is possible that we can see anything from around 155 hp to 184 hp but these figures will be released at a later date.
So far we have only seen a Japanese-spec convertible model and it is unknown what will be available to the U.S market as the 2016 MX-5 comes into production. To learn more you can visit the Mazda USA site, and even sign up for news and photos. Look out for updates as more information on the 2016 MX-5 becomes available.