2016 Mazda Miata Concept showcases accessories
Showing how the new 2016 Mazda Miata can be upgraded with dealer-installed options, the Japanese automaker debuted a one-off version of its redesigned two-seat roadster at the Chicago Auto Show. The Mazda MX-5 sported a special paint scheme of Ceramic Metallic and is fitted with an aero kit that includes a carbon fiber front and rear deck spoilers, black matte BBS wheels and Brembo brakes.
Other accessories on display included a lightweight carbon fiber luggage rack that weighs less than two pounds. "For our next-generation MX-5, our designers and engineers obsessively focused on heightening the joy that comes with driving our signature sports car," said O'Sullivan. "The concept parts and accessories we have showcased at the Chicago Auto Show were developed to give customers a look at what is possible for the new cars to make them truly one-of-a-kind, adding to that excitement."
With the new roadster, Mazda's engineers sought to capture the essence of the beloved first-generation MX-5 Miata, reducing overall length of the 2016 model by 4.1 inches to make it about the same size of the original. Engineers also reduced the MX-5's weight by about 150 pounds versus the outgoing car, lightening and strengthening even the smallest parts.
Power for U.S.-bound MX-5s comes from Mazda's 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G inline four-cylinder engine, producing 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Both SKYACTIV-MT and SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmissions will be available. Pricing will be announced later this year.