Inside the New Mazda MX-5

Ed
By Ed Higginbotham
May 26, 2015 | Mazda

There’s been tons of chatter around Mazda’s new generation of Miata. But how does it improve on the third generation cars?

We’re already in the driver’s seat of the new Mazda Miata, but we’ll have to hold off on impressions until June 1. However, we can share with you the in-depth information that Mazda has provided for us.

First things first, the new MX-5 is a Skyactiv model. That’s right, their badge to symbolize the blend of performance and economy has made it onto the roadster. It’ll be about 150 pounds lighter and a little shorter than the third generation. That should mean slightly better performance and fuel economy. In fact, Mazda estimates that this Miata’s 0-to-60 time will be a second quicker and will see an estimated 34 Hwy/27 City MPG versus the last generation’s 28 Hwy/22 City.

The Skyactiv 2.0-liter powerplant makes a modest 155 horsepower and 148 foot-pounds of torque. And you can have your choice of a 6-speed manual or automatic.

Mazda has also done away with the power hard top. This generation will revert back to the classic soft top design for all trim levels.

As for features, the three trim levels—Sport, Club and GT—will bring with them their own selection of add-ons and doodads. Take a peak at the new trim features but clicking on the different trim levels below.

[Sport](https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/media/img/MazdaMiataSportTrim.jpg) | [Club](https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/media/img/MazdaMiataClubTrim.jpg) | [GT](https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/media/img/MazdaMiataGTTrim.jpg)

Want to experience the newest Mazda roadster for yourself? We’ll be throwing a welcome party with our friends from Mazda featuring the new MX-5. It’ll be at Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in Daytona Beach, Florida, this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Come join us!

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rcutclif
rcutclif GRM+ Memberand Dork
5/26/15 10:52 a.m.

drool. Am I the only one that wants the sport with LSD? Love that silver too.

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
5/26/15 10:55 a.m.

No power hardtop? Kinda surprising. I see a ton of them here in PA/NJ. Probably 50-50 with rag tops. Personally, if I were buying a MX-5, that's probably what I'd get for a DD. Seems worth the weight penalty to me here in the snow-belt.

carczar_84
carczar_84 New Reader
5/26/15 11:49 a.m.

Can you say anything about interior room for taller drivers? Or do we need to wait till the 1st for that too? At 6'4" "the answer" has never really been my answer, so I am very curious.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/26/15 11:50 a.m.

Hip point is down by about 20mm and head room has increased by 9mm or so. The seat sliders are on an angle so shorter drivers sit higher.

Rupert
Rupert Dork
5/26/15 11:58 a.m.
rcutclif wrote: drool. Am I the only one that wants the sport with LSD? Love that silver too.

Yes, the Sport with LSD is wonderful concept. WHY CAN'T WE GET THE GOOD SUSPENSION BITS ON THE SPORT?? Those of us who actually drive don't need an "infotainment system." Whatever that means, it's nothing like the entertainment of looking out the windshield for the apex of the next curve!

NOHOME
NOHOME UltraDork
5/26/15 12:07 p.m.
Rupert wrote:
rcutclif wrote: drool. Am I the only one that wants the sport with LSD? Love that silver too.
Yes, the Sport with LSD is wonderful concept. WHY CAN'T WE GET THE GOOD SUSPENSION BITS ON THE SPORT?? Those of us who actually drive don't need an "infotainment system." Whatever that means, it's nothing like the entertainment of looking out the windshield for the apex of the next curve!

I think we covered this subject in another thread: The car is not marketed to "US". It is meant to be bulk sold to those who love such frippery and the side effect is that we can then use the car for whatever nefarious activities WE want. The sheeple don't know it, but they are subsidizing the car for us.

carczar_84
carczar_84 Reader
5/26/15 12:34 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote: Hip point is down by about 20mm and head room has increased by 9mm or so. The seat sliders are on an angle so shorter drivers sit higher.

Thanks Kieth, I am pretty hopeful that I might be able to fit in the new miata. The wife is excited about this car (1st time I've ever seen her excited about a new car), and would love to be able to use it too!!

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