September 3rd, the 2016 Mazda Miata will be revealed to the world. First though, we have to contend with what is the second of many teasers the Zoom-zoom brand will roll out. World Car Fans came across this image of what we assume is a still-shrouded 2016 Miata, setting the interwebs ablaze.
We already got our first look at the 2016 Miata at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, or at least a major part of it. The new SkyActiv chassis was on display, and Mazda promised that the new underpinnings shed weight and improve performance. Mazda claims it cut some 220 pounds from the chassis alone, though it’s still supposed to be just as rigid for hugging corners. The 2016 Miata should also bring a pair of new engines, a 1.5 liter and a 2.0 liter both utilizing SkyActiv engine technology; the larger engine reportedly will make 180 horsepower, which would be on par with the top-level offerings in the current MX-5.
Mazda is planning a simultaneous reveal in Europe, the US, and Japan, as it celebrates 25 years of making one of the world’s best-known sports cars. I’m just finishing my time up with a 2015 Mazda Miata Grand Touring, and I’ll get more in-depth in my review. Suffice to say though, I’ve come up a list of wants and needs from the next-generation Miata.
-More techie gadgets (like the HUD from the Mazda3, maybe?)
-A turbocharged engine (pretty much confirmed since the turbo-tastic first teaser)
-More storage space (you can’t get much less at this point)
And yeah…that’s about it. Pretty basic stuff. If Mazda incorporates those three things into the 2016 Miata, they’ll have a clear-cut winner.