mazda mx-5 2015

Devotees of the manual transmission will (sort of) have a reason to gloat about the merits of shifting gears yourself as Mazda has announced that its stick shifter-equipped MX-5 is 25% more fuel efficient than the outgoing third-generation NC model with the same transmission.

With the six-speed SkyActiv-MT manual gearbox, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 records an EPA-estimated 11.4 km/l and 14.5 km/l on city and highway runs, sequentially. As for the optional automatic gearbox, the MX-5 puts down an even more impressive figure of 11.4 and 15.3 km/l for city and highway cycles, respectively.

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With Mazda’s ‘Gram Strategy’ weight saving mantra, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 loses roughly 68 kg compared to its manual-equipped predecessor. The new ND-generation MX-5 comes powered by a 1.5 litre high-compression direct-injected SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engine pushing out 129 hp and 150 Nm of torque. The US-spec 2.0 litre mill with 155 hp and 200 Nm of torque is also featured.

The latter engine choice is, reportedly, the one earmarked for Malaysia when the roadster goes on sale in the country in the near future – exact power figures remain a mystery. Unfortunately for enthusiasts, the CBU-from-Japan junior sports car for Malaysia is expected to be made available with a sole choice of a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic gearbox.