Mazda Miata - Now with 100% More Testosterone
Mazda has just unveiled the new Mazda MX-5 in a synchronized, laser light disco launch event, because guess what, Mazda does what it wants! Finally, we get a Miata that doesn't look like it wants to snuggle you to death. Keeping in line with Mazda's new "menacing eye" lights, the overall look is actually pretty clean, and based off early figures projected to drop 300% more panties. You'll be able to get your hands on this zippy beast sometime next year, so in the mean time, let's look at some of the projected (possibly made-up) specs:
Engine & Performance
The MX-5 will be available with a 1.5-litre or a 2.0-litre Skyactiv engine, Mazda's new highly-efficient direct-injection gas engine. You know if something is new, it's probably THE BEST. Anyway, the exact performance numbers have yet to be revealed, but we're speculating based on word from Mazda that the new Miata should be 200 lbs lighter than the current model (more room for your crap), and the 1.5-liter engine could put be putting down somewhere around 130bhp. In addition to the increased performance, the engine will be placed directly behind the front axle, helping to improve the Miata's already awesome balance as you launch your vehicle off sick ramps. No word yet if we'll be getting a turbo in this pretty Miata, but fingers are crossed. *Warning - Don't launch your new 2016 Miata off ramps*
With perfect 50:50 weight distribution, the 2016 MX-5 has the lowest center of gravity in the model’s history. Seriously, you couldn't get better balance from a tightrope walker with the top from Inception spinning on his balding head. This is all possible thanks to the lightweight Skyactiv technology, and the fact that the new car is 4 inches shorter in length, 1 inch lower and a half inch wider than the outgoing model. Mazda has stated that once again, this Miata will be tough to drive if you're over 5ft in height.
Cost & Availability
No definite price has been announced but Mazda has stated that it will cost "quite a bit more" than the current model (start mowing those lawns, boys). That being said, we estimate the 2016 MX-6 will run you back somewhere around $28,000-$32,000 for the standard setup. Can't wait to grab one? Too bad! You've got to wait until sometime late 2015 for these tender nuggets to show up at your local dealership.