The 2016 Mazda MX-5 has arrived, and she is not fooling anyone. The next generation of the Mazda Miata is attempting to tout itself as badass tricky angled photography that makes it look different online–but it is still just a Miata. Before I continue my bashing, let me point out that this is my opinion and does not necessarily reflect that of the rest of the staff at Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals.
The clip above from ‘Family Guy’ accurately demonstrates how many gearheads feel about the Mazda Miata. Dear Mazda, please stick to the RX7.
That said– why are they making such a fuss trying to re-brand a car that is essentially the same size with such a close resemblance and powertrain? Everyone knows Aston Martin is the best at that strategy. It has always been known as the MX-5 in Japan, but for some reason has always been called the Miata Stateside. It is now being badged the MX-5 for the U.S. Market–leading the masses to believe it is an entirely new animal and myself shaking my head.
Now behold the MX-5 next to a regular-sized human.
A normal sized human feels tucked into the car like a child forcing themselves into a box at playtime. Picture Jeremy Clarkson folded into a Miata…that is joy. Mazda is not exactly forthcoming about the powertrain of the MX-5–leaving people to guess in a desperate attempt to generate further publicity. I urge people to go and have a visit with the car in person, and leave your animated video reviews on our Facebook page! The funniest clip will win a prize from Imagine Lifestyles.
So far, rumors say the following about the Mazda MX-5:
- It could threaten the scales at around 2,250 pounds. The current version weighs in at 2,450 pounds. These depend on trim levels, of course, and what the driver had for lunch.
- It is the fourth generation of the MX-5 line.
- Power could stem from a diminutive 1.5-liter kicking out 128 horses…or a lawnmower. The predecessor produces 167 horses and giggles from pedestrians. If a Miata was hurling my way and I were on foot, I probably would just tip it over and go on about my life.
The official specs will be rolling out, and I likely won’t bother with covering them. If you happen to be a fan of the Miata…I’d recommend keeping that dirty little secret to yourself.