2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club: A new performance index

By Bob Nagy on April 1, 2015 9:32 AM

Although the first all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata won't arrive in showrooms until summer, Mazda used the New York Show to reveal a performance-focused model of its two-seater aimed specifically at the American market. Backing its standard 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine with either a 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed autoshifter, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club features a front air dam and subtle rear deck spoiler as well as 17-inch gunmetal-finish alloy wheels wrapped in 205/45 tires. On versions fitted with the manual gearbox, the standard equipment also will include Bilstein shock absorbers, a front shock tower brace and a limited-slip differential. For hard-core enthusiasts, Mazda has created an additional package of competition-ready components that consist of lightweight forged BBS 17-inch wheels, Brembo front brakes, functional aero side-sill extensions and a rear bumper skirt -- all of which will be used on cars in the single-marque, 2016 MX-5 Global Cup racing series.

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While its focus is on driver involvement, the 2016 MX-5 Club models will come with an impressive array of comfort/convenience touches. Highlighting that list are the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7.0-inch color touchscreen and commander control, a 9-speaker Bose premium audio system with headrest speakers, HD and SiriusXM Satellite Radio and dual USB ports tastefully set off with Piano Black side mirrors and seatback bars. Pricing for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club and its accessory upgrades will be released closer to the car's on-sale date.

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