The Mazda MX-5 Miata has deservedly built a reputation as one of the finest roadsters available thanks to its peppy engine, precise handling, and its iconic style. Traditionally, the MX-5 Miata has only been available with a single engine — as is the case with the 2015 model — but could that change for 2016? Autoblog seems to think so. Oakland and Fremont drivers who love the MX-5 Miata should keep reading for the details.
The Current MX-5 Miata Engine
Every 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces 167 hp (or 158 when paired with an automatic transmission) and 140 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes paired with either a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Every MX-5 Miata uses rear-wheel drive.
While the raw numbers might not sound like much, it propels the MX-5 Miata to impressive speeds due to the car’s lightweight nature. Coupled with the roadster’s near-perfect 50-50 weight distribution, it offers some of the most precise handling you’ll find anywhere.
The Next MX-5 Miata Engine?
Autoblog has reported that the next MX-5 Miata is likely to get a 2.0L Skyactiv engine, which will be complemented by a drop in weight from the current model. Though apparently GoAuto, an Australian publication, is reporting that there may be other engine options. It’s possible, for instance, that we could see a 2.0L Skyactiv four-cylinder engine that produces nearly 200 hp — a significant jump from the current model — as well as a naturally aspirated 1.5L engine. We’re not sure what kind of output the 1.5L engine would have, but we’re all for giving drivers around Fremont and Oakland more options!
See the MX-5 Miata at Ken Harvey’s Dublin Mazda
While the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is still a ways off, we’re already excited about the possibilities. In the meantime, you can make the trip from Fremont or Oakland to try out the current 2015 model, which is a thriller in its own right. We hope to see you soon!