In a recent (major) throwback video feature, Mazda UK has released a spot featuring a 1990 NA-generation Mazda MX-5 (Miata in the US) and the current fourth-gen ND model. A total of 25 years separates both models and while the new one certainly has the upper hand in terms of outright power, can the lighter original give it a run for its money on track with a four-second head start?

Without giving away the end (it’s a close one, we guarantee), both cars are driven by professional racers, Jade Paveley in the NA MX-5 and Owen Mildenhall (of Auto Express UK) in the current ND model. To recap, the Japanese-spec ND MX-5 (Roadster in Japan) comes with a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G four-banger producing 129 hp and 150 Nm of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual as standard or an auto.

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In the US however, the Miata arrives with a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G engine with 155 hp/200 Nm, again paired to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. For the Malaysian market, the ND MX-5 is expected to arrive at the end of 2015 in a poseur-friendly specification.

Said model will land in Malaysia with the larger 2.0 litre engine, although power figures remain unconfirmed. The sole transmission choice of a six-speed automatic has been confirmed – unfortunately, Bermaz has stated that it will not entertain custom orders for a manual, either. A crying shame, really.

GALLERY: 2016 ND-generation Mazda MX-5