Mazda MX-5 MiataLadies and gentlemen, meet the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. The highly anticipated fourth-generation (ND) model made its official debut in Monterey, CA this evening, and while details are slim (as in, we have practically none), there's one big thing to talk about: less weight.

Yes, Mazda has confirmed that the new Miata sheds some 220 pounds over the model it replaces, and is "the most compact of any generation MX-5 so far." For those keeping track, that means the new MX-5 should weigh in somewhere around 2,200 pounds.

Mazda's Kodo design language is obvious here, with a seriously wide and low demeanor, and a mix of flowing lines and sharp angles. We don't have any powertrain details to report as of this writing, but Mazda says the full suite of Skyactiv technologies are onboard, and the motto in creating this car was "Innovate in order to preserve."

Click the image above to see the new MX-5 Miata in high resolution, click below for the press release, and stay tuned to this space for more details as they break.

UPDATE: Want more Miata details? Please check out our in-depth firsthand report from the Miata's reveal event by clicking here and see the first-ever rolling footage of the car in our brief video here.
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Mazda Unveils All-New Mazda MX-5

HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation today celebrated the unveiling of the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 (known as Roadster in Japan) together with fans at events held simultaneously in Japan, USA and Spain. The all-new MX-5, which adopts both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and Mazda's KODO-Soul of Motion design language, will be rolled out to global markets starting in 2015.

The MX-5 is an iconic model representing Mazda's vehicle-engineering philosophy-the pursuit of driving pleasure. "Innovate in order to preserve" was the motto for the fourth generation, as the development team searched for innovations that go beyond simple evolution. Environmental and safety demands are much more stringent than they were when the first generation MX-5 was introduced 25 years ago, but the fourth generation stays true to the model's original aim of offering the pure driving fun that only a lightweight sports car can. It achieves this through the adoption of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and refinement of its appeal to the senses and sensations through which people enjoy cars.

The design of the all-new MX-5 reveals another layer to Mazda's KODO design language. The exquisite proportions make the driver and passenger stand out, and both the interior and exterior evoke the exhilaration of open-top driving. It is the most compact of any generation MX-5 so far and is more than 100 kilograms lighter than the model it replaces, promising a dramatic leap in Jinba-ittai driving fun.

As of July 2014, total production volume of the Mazda MX-5 exceeded 940,000 units and it continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car. This highly-celebrated model has received over 200 awards from around the globe including Japan Car of the Year 2005-2006.

Moving forward, Mazda will continue to develop products which offer all customers driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.


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      bleexeo
      • 3 Months Ago

      2200 lbs.

      The most important thing you'll see, read or hear about the new MX-5.

        PeterScott
        • 3 Months Ago
        @bleexeo

        I would count on it being a lot higher than that in the USA. That is almost certainly the European 1.5L engine number.

          innociv
          • 3 Months Ago
          @PeterScott

          It's 1.5 with 2.0 as an option in Europe/Japan.

        Mondrell
        • 3 Months Ago
        @bleexeo

        Odd. Somehow I got 'don't get married or have kids for at least another 3-5 years.' =P 

        Rr778
        • 3 Months Ago
        @bleexeo

        Yah what a disappointment. Would we all love it if it could break under 2k? The power to weight ratio is just awful

          vulnox
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Rr778

          What are you basing this off of?  They haven't released the engine that would go in it, and even if you guessed at it, an engine in one vehicle can be tuned for more power in another.  Besides that, the Miata is a sports car, not a muscle car.  A stock Miata can hold its own against more powerful vehicles since it is like a go-cart around corners.  

          innociv
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Rr778

          You can take out the power steer, ABS, interior, lighter exhaust, and get to 2k lbs.

      Patrik
      • 3 Months Ago

      I honestly can't wait. I love it.  It's everything I wanted and I love the rear.  I love all of it.  I just hope the PRHT looks good.  Can't wait to see it in person.

      TsarBomba
      • 3 Months Ago

      Wow, it looks modern and attractive. Upscale and aggressive. Nice work Mazda design team. There are elements that remind me of the Alfa 8C, Jag F-type and even the S2K. All of which are great to be reminiscent of. I will seriously consider this as my stable demands a roadster.

      11fiveoh
      • 3 Months Ago

      This is the car everyone asked for, better buy them up.

        Ron
        • 3 Months Ago
        @11fiveoh

        still a lot of un-answered questions... 


        If if comes with a 300hp engine, a good 6 spd gear box, track ready brembo brakes and is sub-30k, then it will sell. If it has some 200hp motor, cheesy brakes, and is over 30k, sales numbers will fall off very quickly. 


          NightFlight
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Ron

          Yeah, it is pretty obvious that you don't understand the Miata at all.  

          The Angry Intern
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Ron

          Considering the current generation only has a 167hp engine, I'm betting 300hp is not going to happen.  It might get up close to 200hp, but that's pushing it.

          Hunter White
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Ron

          200hp is not bad in a 2200 lb car, that's a power to weight ratio similar to a 350z.

          Rr778
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Ron

          @hunter white is right if it has the power to weight ratio of a decade old car that will be sad.

          But yah since Mazda isn't able to really get the weight down a lot to have a decent power to weight ratio, it will be a tough sell if it's over priced(anything over 20k) or if it gets worse mpg than far heavier cars. A Chrysler 300c gets 31 on the highway, so the target should be pretty high here 40 maybe? 

      Kimura
      • 3 Months Ago

      Track Day Bro!

      Jarda
      • 3 Months Ago
      That was BY FAR the worst reveal I have sen in my whole life.
      Hugh Lokey
      • 3 Months Ago
      They should make the rotary engine and option and a turbo one at that!
      Okan Kircaliali
      • 3 Months Ago *Edited*

      hope they aren't comparing the weight of the old 2L with the new mx5's less powerful smaller sized engine option that produces the rumoured 115hp. Just like the new range rover was unfortunately comparing their old v8 with their new v6 when they claimed weight loss of 700pounds. No advertising and just spec-for-spec weight comparison. other than that, it seems pretty OK.

      bK
      • 3 Months Ago

      I think the Miata has finally cracked out of the oldschool euro roadster look it kept trying to reinvent. Now it looks alot more modern, but still keeping heritage to the "euro" style it was inspired by in the first place.

      ShiftItManual
      • 3 Months Ago

      I need a spare $30K.

      malgu
      • 3 Months Ago

      Very sharp and edgy, I like!

      Henry
      • 3 Months Ago

      Daddy likes! This is quite striking to me.

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