What Is It?
The 2016 Mazda Miata is only the most hotly anticipated sports car to come along in the last 20 years. It’s not new, but it’s new for Chicago and it’s a chance for more Americans to see the car in the flesh instead of in photographs.
Why Should You Care?
Because it’s awesome, and it makes Mazda relevant again. Philip Ruth mentioned a few weeks ago that “the lines are stronger and more distinctive than any preceding Miata design. It’s a fittingly dramatic shape following the Miata’s 25th anniversary on the market.”
The biggest issue with the last Miata — as much as I truly enjoyed driving it — was that it had gained weight and size over the years, something that is the enemy of a true sports car.
Through the use of high-strength steel, aluminum and smart engineering, the new Miata ends up shedding an incredible 220 pounds over the last generation, which should make this one of the most balanced, fun-to-drive sports cars on the market.
Mazda announced a special accessories concept at the Chicago Auto Show that includes:
- Aero Kit (Front Air Dam, Side Sill Extensions, Rear Bumper Skirt and Rear Lip Spoiler): The gloss-black Aero Kit is the same package found on the 2016 MX-5 Global Cup Car that debuted at SEMA in November.
- Brembo Brakes: Lightweight Brembo front brakes adorn the MX-5 as well as red brake calipers behind all four wheels.
- BBS Wheels: The forged black BBS wheels are sized 17x7J 45mm offset, wrapped in 205/45R17 tires.
- Luggage Rack: The stylish luggage rack is made of carbon fiber and weighs less than two pounds. The luggage rack mounts to the trunk and includes an integrated Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL).
When Does It Go On Sale?
The 2016 Mazda Miata arrives in showrooms late in the summer of 2015.