2014 Paris Motor Show: Mazda MX-5 Miata World Debut

Auto Shows | October 4th, 2014 by 4
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The highly-awaited fourth-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata made its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Often regarded as the bestselling two-seat convertible in …

The highly-awaited fourth-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata made its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Often regarded as the bestselling two-seat convertible in history, the original Miata, a 1990 model, spawned copies from Honda, Toyota, BMW and others. BMW’s Z3 Roadster was a premium product but often compared to the more affordable Miata.

The US model will get a SkyActiv 2.0-liter engine and six-speed manual, while models in the rest of the world have a 1.5-liter engine. No official details on the power output, but expectations are anywhere from 170 to 180 hp for the SkyActiv 2.0.

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Mazda says the new model weighs in the neighborhood of 2,200 pounds; a lightweight car by any measures.

Mazda MX-5 Miata goes on sale next year as a 2016 model and is expected to make its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

4 responses to “2014 Paris Motor Show: Mazda MX-5 Miata World Debut”

  1. M3CSLM3CRT says:

    I would like to make a sleeper 2015 ND MX-5 by putting the S85 V10 or a S65 V8 (with Dinan stroker kit) onto it, I wonder if its possible to fit that engine as the bonnet looks relatively long that the engine may sit behind the front axle?

    • Horatiu B. says:

      That would be just too heavy for that little car

      • M3CSLM3CRT says:

        Yes definitely, from what I hear the S85 weighs 240kg and the S65 weighs 202kg so I would definitely screw up the 50:50 weight distribution that Mazda worked very hard on. Perhaps swap the SMG or DCT with a lighter E9X 6MT. It probably would be best to invest on a carbon hood, air box, under drive pulley, lightweight battery and a lightweight strut bar and also add thicker anti roll bars, stronger control arms, ///M active differential and driveshaft to sorta even out the weight distribution. I guess I would get these cars from a salvaged car or find somewhere that sells crate engines. I wonder if TJfahrzeugdesign would be able to help as they swapped V10 engines in 1 series… Or, instead I could try and find a used F20c Honda S2000 engine. Excuse the unnecessarily long comment.

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