2016 Mazda MX-5 teased ahead of September debut


To hype up the launch of the 2016 Mazda MX-5, which will occur on September 3 in the US (September 4 in Japan), Mazda USA has teased the next-generation roadster on its Facebook event invite, showing it under the covers.

From the looks of the image, the car looks to be very similar to the outgoing model, with prominent wheel arches and an undercut in the lower door area. This differs from recent reports that claimed that the new car will look very different from the current MX-5, utilising an evolved version of the “Kodo” design language. Then again, this could just be another case of bait-and-switch.

Mazda has revealed that the new MX-5 was designed using its SkyActiv principles of low weight, high engine output and low fuel consumption. This will include the use of the company’s high-compression, direct-injected SkyActiv engines, as well as “the most compact configuration yet” with a more centrally-positioned engine and a centre of gravity lower than ever before.

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The company is aiming to shave more than 100 kg off the current model, despite endowing the body of the new model with “outstanding rigidity and crashworthiness.” The backbone chassis, including the engine, drivetrain and suspension components, was shown at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) earlier this year.

As of May 31, Mazda has sold nearly 945,000 MX5s since 1989, clinching the Guinness World Record for the bestselling two-seater sports car of all time in the process.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • AVH (Member) on Aug 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Mazda MX-5, revealed to be a blue cloth

    OK, lame jokes aside, Just by looking at the initial proportion of the car, I’d can already say we will have a beauty coming from Hiroshima soon.

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    • Same L0rrr on Aug 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Some one will come and say GSC can easily smoke the mazda.

      I guess he is talking about the car’s ability to smoke salmon, or chicken wings.

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  • ThePolygon on Aug 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Waiting patiently… hope it’s worth it :D

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  • nabill (Member) on Aug 12, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    that rear looks abit like the Alpha 4C…with that upright spoiler…

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  • 4G63T DSM on Aug 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    We probably not see it here but I’m betting the Alfa Romeo sister will be the better looking of the pair.

    Alfa really needs to reconfigure and plonk in their new 1.7 Turbo from the 4C into the new spider.

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  • Sam's Best Friend on Aug 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    When it is revealed. It will become the new dream sports car.

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  • Jaybond on Aug 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    The Mazda MX5’s classic overall body lines won’t be altered too much, but expect a totally revamped front-end and rear-end face that follow their Kodo design language..

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  • mim (Member) on Aug 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I hope it still have the smiling face like it’s dad, grandad and great grandad.

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    • Obviously (Member) on Aug 12, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      I guess you can consider the Kodo-style grille to be a rather big smile but the face won’t be as friendly as before if it is Kodo’d.

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  • NormanTheGreat (Member) on Aug 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Japanese style,NA high output and lightened chassis

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  • Usavich on Aug 13, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Rather get a toyo gt86 than this pussy car!

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