The new MX-5 is a very important model, not only for Mazda but also for Fiat Chrysler since it forms the basis of a new sports car for the Italian-American automaker’s struggling Alfa Romeo brand. It will also have some very big shoes to fill considering the MX-5 Miata has been the best-selling two-seater sports car in the world for the past several years, managing to rack up 920,000 sales as of December 2013.
The MX-5's success is that it hasn’t strayed from its promise to deliver pure driving enjoyment at an attainable price. Launched in May 1989 with a starting price of $13,800, the first-generation MX-5 featured a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 116 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque. The second-generation MX-5, the NB, debuted in 1998, offering a more powerful 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 140 hp and 119 lb-ft of torque.
In 2005, the third generation MX-5, the NC, was introduced with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 170 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. We eagerly await the launch of the fourth-gen ND model.
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