2016 Mazda MX-5 Live Shots, Technical Details

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Mazda’s newest MX-5 appeared live at an event in California, and although Mazda was stingy with details, we managed to get a few.

As mentioned in an earlier post, the new car, dubbed ND, should weigh an incredible 2280 lbs. It will also be 154 inches in length, 4 inches shorter than the current car. The base wheels will be 16″ with 195/50 Yokohama Advans while the larger wheels will use 205/40/17 Bridgestone RE050’s, the same grippy, 140 treadwear rated tires as used on the Ford Fiesta ST. Rims will have 4 bolts, leading to speculation that they will be 4×100 and able to use old Miata rims.

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  • Fttp Fttp on Sep 05, 2014

    205/40-17? Are you sure? Cause no good rubber comes in that size. I guess the tire manufacturers will have to get busy.

    • 3Deuce27 3Deuce27 on Sep 16, 2014

      Reg; "Cause no good rubber comes in that size." Really! On one of our project cars we run Sumitomo HTR Z-11 on the street and Toyo Proxes R888 on the track. While there isn't a lot, there are plenty of good tires available for this size.

  • Ure Ure on Sep 28, 2014

    Hmm, I love the styling. Maybe because it is a classy rebadge of the Pontiac Solstice/Opel GT/Saturn Sky and I like those. Classic and modern without any of that "WHY?" stuff of most moderns. Why copy a 10(?) year old out of production competitor though? Surely the excited guy in the mazda press release doesnt mid taking credit for the whole thing...

  • MaintenanceCosts So this is really just a restyled VW Fox. Craptacular tin can but fun to drive in a "makes ordinary traffic seem like a NASCAR race" kind of way.
  • THX1136 While reading the article a thought crossed my mind. Does Mexico have a fairly good charging infrastructure in place? Knowing that it is a bit poorer economy than the US relatively speaking, that thought along with who's buying came to mind.
  • Lou_BC Maybe if I ever buy a new car or CUV
  • Lou_BC How about telling China and Mexico, we'll accept 1 EV for every illegal you take off our hands ;)
  • Analoggrotto The original Tassos was likely conceived in one of these.