2016 Mazda Miata Horsepower and Torque Specs Now Available

The spec we’ve all been waiting for is here. Mazda has been teasing us with details on the next-generation MX-5 Miata for months, first releasing a drivetrain photo, then the bodywork and a handful of details. Light weight was the first big news: Some purists decried the (modest) weight gain when the third-generation NC-chassis cars were released in 2006. Everyone is enthusiastic at the target weight of a metric ton, or 2200 pounds — same as the first generation. But how much power and displacement will it actually get? Hit the jump to find out.

The only engine available in the U.S. market will be a 2.0-liter inline-4. An official press release from Mazda will be out today confirming this. It’s a Skyactiv-family engine featuring twin cams and direct injection. Mazda will promise output of 155 horsepower and 148 foot-pounds of torque, straddling the 167 horses and 140 foot-pounds of the MZR-family engine in the outgoing NC-chassis car. With a curb weight at least 250 pounds lighter than the NC, this should make for a quicker car in all respects than even your R-package NA8 with bolt-ons.
In international markets, base-model Miatas will have a 1.5-liter Skyactiv engine making 131 horsepower. This should give feel and power-weight ratio very similar to those first-generation cars. The 2-liter engine will be available as an option.
Is it time to start saving your pennies for a down payment, or to prepare to shop for a clean NC once these hit the dealer lots?
[Source images courtesy Mazda.]
[Source: driving.ca]

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  1. Thrashy Avatar

    That little puff of smoke you see is any interest I had in replacing my NC with this evaporating.
    I love the idea of the Miata, but it's not 1990 anymore; you've got at least be competitive with the Subieyota twins on acceleration. Mazda's managed to actually *lose* power over the outgoing engine. at the same displacement. That should. not. happen. ever.
    Oh well. I wonder what AP2 S2Ks are down to now?

    1. LEROOOY Avatar

      If it actually turns out true that it lost 250 pounds (!) I'm sure it will be fine. A Miata gaining weight should. not. happen. ever.

    2. Andy Avatar

      we should give them credit for not "losing" their philosophy of lightweight fun car. it would be a shame to see them move up to the nissan 370z (and whoever else is there) market.

    3. Charlie Avatar

      It's the place of the aftermarket to make them faster. Mazda has delivered a good foundation platform for modification, which the miata has always been. Those that just want a pure little roadster also have the option. There may yet still be a MazdaSpeed option as well.

    4. Alan Cesar Avatar
      Alan Cesar

      This Miata has a better weight to torque ratio than any S2000. Remember, this car is supposed to weigh 2,200 pounds. An AP2 S2000 can weigh 2800+. That's a substantial difference.

      1. Rover_1 Avatar

        <img src="http://25.media.tumblr.com/228b4deed7ead8142d204801622050b7/tumblr_mnyfzezzs01r54u09o1_1280.jpg"width="660"&gt;
        ND MX5 1.5 131hp 2200 lb Ratio 16.8
        ND MX5 2.0 155 hp 2200 lb Ratio 14.2
        So, with another two horsepower and the same 2200 lbs the ND 2.0 will have a better power/weight than the Toyobaru twins with a ratio of 14.0.
        With another ten horsepower (still only 165hp from 2.0 litres) the ND 2.0 will have the same power to weight as an E36 M3 with a ratio of 13.3
        And with the same 2200 lbs and hp matching the NC the power to weight goes to 12.9 to match a Focus ST.
        This is supposed to be an entry level sportscar that can be bought and driven by novice drivers.
        I'd say that Mazda have got it about right.
        A stock standard thirty per cent power to weight ( or weight to power) better than a Porsche 944, and not too many hp off an E36 M3's power to weight?
        What's wrong with that?

        1. skitter Avatar

          'Math is hard.'
          – Barbie

        2. nanoop Avatar

          "What's wrong with that? " Everything. First of all, it's based on facts, and then it uses a 944 as an example of a sitting duck, which makes me, personally, rage in a Regular Car Review guy manner.
          While you may be accurate and correct, you are way off Internet post territory here.

          1. Rover_1 Avatar

            You're right, I don't know what came over me.
            I must have had an attack of logic.
            My apologies to all concerned.
            But to those concerned about lack of power.
            There is this…
            <img src="http://roa.h-cdn.co/assets/15/05/980×490/landscape_nrm_1422649031-546b41f5c93ca_-_atomic_betty_flyinmiata_cc03-lg.jpg"width="500"&gt;

        3. Rover_1 Avatar

          And now rumoured on Feb 11 to be 180 hp for the 2 litre, giving a ratio of 12.2.
          Or a power to weight between that of an E36 M3 and an E46 M3, or between a B4 S4 and a B5 S4, better than a Focus ST and a WRX and within 10% of an S2000 and a Boxster.
          And 20% better than a BRZ/FRS.
          What's wrong with that?

  2. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
    PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

    If ever a car needed a DI, rev-happy 1.6L it's the Miata. Sadly, Mazda does not agree.

  3. GregKachadurian Avatar

    Of all the new cars I've covered for the last three-and-a-half years at Hooniverse, I've never seen a new car have less horsepower than its predecessor. That weight loss could probably make up for that completely, but why not have both? A lighter MX-5 with at least the same power as before would be awesome.

    1. Johnny Ro Avatar
      Johnny Ro

      Sopre of agree but:
      1- Please revisit how HP and torque is quantified and then explain which has more area under the curve. An actual question; which has more power, the old or new. Quoted HP as calculated is not a straight answer. I see rough parity, with more usable torque (think Ducati 20 years ago), not less power.
      2- Bloat creep smartly avoided. Not that the NC is bloated, oh no indeed.

  4. boostedlegowgn Avatar

    Everyone calm down. It's completely spectacular to drive.

    1. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

      I'm looking forward to reading the newspaper, said only one person in the last decade.
      (I mean me, just now)
      (You will elaborate on this impression in the Sun, I assume/hope?)

      1. boostedlegowgn Avatar

        Review's up online here: http://driving.ca/mazda/mx-5/reviews/road-test/fi

        1. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

          Well, nuts to print media then.

        2. BobWellington Avatar

          Good review. Really makes me want one. And, I don't know about you, but the one in white actually looks really good. I find that most cars don't look very good in white.

  5. topdeadcentre Avatar

    If only the car-buyer market understood that it's not just horsepower numbers. Torque numbers and vehicle weight are important too.

  6. Preludacris Avatar

    I currently drive a car with 10 less horsepower and 500lbs more weight and got a speeding ticket yesterday, so I don't see a problem here.

  7. nanoop Avatar

    In an era of bread and butter cars with 200+ horses, when my favourite podcasts compare mostly cars with 400+ hp, and now people mourning over the loss of 5% of HP in a 10% lighter car… Folks, one can have enormous fun in underpowered cars. The difference between 3.4 and3.9 seconds to 60 is irrelevant. Top speed is irrelevant, as long as it's above the long distance cruising speed. This car will sell, and it will be satisfying to most of the first owners. You won't buy it for whatever reason? Fine. Tell me when it's something important.

  8. windbüchse Avatar

    Has Mazda improved the driver accommodations? What is the legroom and headroom with the top up?

    1. Rover_1 Avatar

      "Headroom’s up by a fraction, as is legroom, and the seat tilts two degrees further."

  9. Maymar Avatar

    It's time to start saving my pennies…to buy a used one in ten years.

    1. Rover_1 Avatar

      Though if they keep making them as well as before they're still OK at twenty years.

      1. Maymar Avatar

        Fair enough, although in my market, values bottom out somewhere around the ten year mark (at about $5000), and from that point, condition is the only factor that really brings it lower.

  10. salguod Avatar

    5 less HP and 500 less lbs than my 2005 Mazda3. Sounds OK to me.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      Same weight and 55 more horsepower than my 2,

  11. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Worthless heap. The new Z06 totally smokes it, in the drive thru line at Taco Bell.

  12. Rover_1 Avatar

    And Road & Track's review is in….
    "As the purest mass-market car in decades, this MX-5 is a chance for customers to reward that purity. Were this car half as good as it is, it would be good enough—but instead, it's truly great. "
    And Car & Driver…
    And Autocar…..
    And Motor Trend..