Mazda is back with 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Impresses on Initial Road Tests.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata appears to be making its mark early on, standing out as a car that’s finally distinct from the first-generation Miata that debuted at the turn of the 1990s. Los Angeles, California – Taking the automotive world by surprise more than 25 years ago, the Miata is considered today as a legendary sports car that has achieved an automotive milestone.A tragic bit of news came in for Mazda Miata fans when a new owner of a Miata MX-5 Launch Edition was rear ended minutes after taking delivery of his new baby from Tom Bush Mazda.

A hands-on road test from SlashGear told the whole story, as writer Chris Davies stressed that the new, fourth-generation MX-5 Miata is the first of its kind that doesn’t feel like an evolution of the first-generation model. Rod McLaughlin, Mazda’s vehicle line manager for North American operations, stated that it is the best-selling and most popular roadster in the US, reaching 940 thousand in sales globally.

This is because as new model of cars gets to the scene, they become bigger; they become more of a luxury and even become more insulated from the road directly beneath them. Today, we might apply some phrase like “less is more” in trying to describe the prevailing philosophy behind the Mazda MX-5 Miata; the Japanese automaker might still use the mantra “jinba ittai,” which means roughly “rider and horse as one body.” That is to say: the lightness of the car and its focus on communicative controls makes for a roadster that can be driven almost as though it were an extension of the driver’s body. With Mazda’s KODO design paradigm shining through, the new MX-5 Miata looks “incredible” as a “whole different beast” from its predecessors.

But in a gesture of good faith, Mazda North America contacted the owner directly, surprising with news that a brand-new replacement LE model with a six-speed manual was being expedited to his location–that’s a big huge thumbs up to Mazda North America’s customer care. “At around 4:00 PM or so, BAM. Surely Mazda’s accountants and its “brand strategists” will weigh in and, for this fourth-generation, dilute the MX-5 with demands for practicality?

Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital by donating a 2016 Mazda Miata Launch Edition to the hospital which was then auctioned off at the inaugural St. It is smaller than the outgoing model, yet more spacious inside; its wheelbase is 15 millimeters shorter, while other changes in dimensions have resulted in greater visibility and more leg room in the driver’s seat.

Thom Bryant, a former Road & Track editor, was present for the first ride, and compiled a book entitled, “Mazda MX-5 Miata, Twenty Five Years” recently. While most automobiles are growing ever-more bloated with additional entertainment and safety equipment, the new ND-generation of the much-loved Miata has done the impossible, shedding some 220 pounds from its already paltry weight. With a base price just below $25,000, Mazda’s latest 2016 edition Miata still possesses the simplicity in form its famous for, and still boast lots of fun. I also quickly realized that we were both still alive and functioning, thank you up there!!!” “Then, yesterday afternoon, I received 2 calls from MNAO informing me that my name was on a replacement LE 6MT that is in transit and will dock in Jacksonville around August 15. If the second- and third-generation cars were iterations on that original Miata twenty-five years ago, this new model is a whole different beast entirely.

In real numbers, it weighs a mere 2,200 pounds or so, making it more than light enough to scoot around with great expedience in spite of its small, 155 HP engine. And earlier in the week Mazda’s good deeds didn’t go unnoticed when Mazda decided to replace the first launch edition model to be sold at a dealership after it’s owner and his MX-5 were involved in an accident that totaled the Miata mere miles from the dealership.

Making use of a high-tension cloth mesh, which is a thinner and lighter material than usual, the Miata’s seats promise “to mold around your body more readily, hugging you in place when you’re cornering rather than your shoulders slipping from bolster to bolster.” All MX-5 Miata trims come with a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV engine, which is substantially bigger than the 1.5-liter engine on the Japanese-spec MX5. That’s actually a slight decline from the previous Miata’s 167 horses, but a necessary tradeoff as fuel economy is improved on both models – 27/34 mpg for the manual, 27/36 mpg for the automatic. So, the new Miata has 45mm shorter overhangs and is 5mm wider in both the front and rear track; Mazda switched to LED lights because they allow the lamp assemblies to be thinner.

We wanted to make it a little bit more aggressive and we wanted to make it a little more timeless design, so this design can last for years in the future.” The car runs on six speed manual transmission. A front four-cylinder engine and independently-suspended wheels in the rear and in between, a conventional user controlled 6 speed manual transmissions.

The Club trim ($28,600) is, curiously, the only one where buyers can add the $3,400 Club Brembo/BBS Package, which includes Brembo front brakes, 17-inch BBS wheels, a rear bumper skirt, and side sill extensions. Jude’s (shout out to all you Delta Delta Delta girls and alums out there), as a non-profit research hospital they are literally fighting for and saving children’s lives in the United States and across the world. There’ll be three models of MX-5 to choose between, and interestingly Mazda is looking to bypass the traditional base-better-best tiering this time around.

The Sport starts at $24,915 (plus $820 destination) as the entry point to the range, then there’s the Club from $28,600, and finally the Grand Touring from $30,065. Those with more interest in throwing their Miata into the corners, however, should look to the Club, which Mazda expects to appeal to younger drivers keen on its tauter suspension. Jude Hope in the Hamptons event, we felt this was the perfect way to support a great charity partner,” said Russell Wager, vice president of marketing, MNAO. “St. Launch Edition customers also receive a special plaque in their car’s driver-side doorjamb with Launch Edition badging, a Mazda-badged Bose Mini SoundLink portable stereo system and a box of gifts from Mazda’s Heritage Collection apparel line.

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