When Mazda unveiled the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata last week, Mazda kept most of the specs under wraps, but now some of the specs have reportedly leaked out.
When Mazda unveiled the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata last week, Mazda kept most of the specs under wraps, but now some of the specs have reportedly leaked out. If the leak is accurate, the base MX-5 Miata will be powered by a 1.5L four-cylinder, which will be borrowed from the new Mazda2.
According to Motoring, the entry level version of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata will be powered by a 1.5L with 128 horsepower. The torque figure hasn’t been released, but it is expected to put out more than 106 lb-ft. Either way those specs are significantly less than the 167-hp 2.0L in the current MX-5 Miata, but a more powerful MX-5 Miata will debut later with a larger 2.0L Skyactiv engine, which could be the only engine offered in the U.S.
Even if the MX-5 Miata launches with the 128-hp four-cylinder, the good thing is that Mazda’s engineers have managed to remove 220 pounds compared to the outgoing model. The new MX-5 Miata is also 105mm shorter than the last MX-5 Miata and even 35mm shorter the first generation model. Even though its length has been cut, the new MX-5 Miata is 55mm wider and rides on a 50mm longer wheelbase.
Mazda is expected to announce more information next month at the Paris Motor Show.