Mazda MX-5 Miata News

  • Hellcat-swapped Mazda MX-5 Miata does burnout

    Remember the YouTuber working on a Mazda Miata with a Hellcat engine swap? It runs, and it's alive and well. YouTube channel KARR posted two video updates of the pint-sized beast in action, and it's something pretty remarkable, to say the least. It started with a standard NB-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, and from there, the crew sourced a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine from a wrecked Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. After a lot of blood, sweat, and tears we imagine, the engine went in. The last we saw the Miata Hellcat, it wasn't running and the crew was working on getting everything...

  • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition
    An extra 143 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Editions headed to US

    An additional 143 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition models are coming to America and buyers on the waitlist will get them.

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata Hellcat engine swap
    LS swaps are so last week: Shop drops Hellcat into Mazda MX-5 Miata

    Swapping a monstrous engine into a smaller car is nothing new. Swapping a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 known to most as the Hellcat into a Mazda MX-5 Miata, however, is. That was YouTube channel KARR's most recent project, which Motor1 first reported on last week, a project that went rather...

  • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition
    Gone in 14(thousand) seconds: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary edition sells out in hours

    It took just four hours for the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition to sell out. All 500 cars are spoken for in the United States, the brand announced this past Saturday. Mazda shared the metrics it witnessed as the car's fans flooded a special website to place their orders for the...

  • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition
    2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition celebrates 30 years of spritely fun

    This year, the beloved Mazda MX-5 Miata turns 30, and to mark the Japanese roadster's birthday Mazda has introduced the 2019 MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition. The debut took place on Thursday at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, which was fitting considering it was at the same show back in 1989 that...

  • Marty's 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata: 100 Cars That Matter

    Small roadsters were a dying breed in the 1980s. A decade earlier, tiny British and Italian sports cars darted across Europe and America, but by 1989, most were history. It was up to the 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata to rekindle their spirit. Mazda took a decades-old concept and smartly updated it with the...

  • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

    The new Mazda MX-5 Miata we got in the U.S. in 2016 wasn’t really the car it was supposed to be. According to Mazda North American Operations manager of vehicle dynamics Dave Coleman, Mazda wanted to use a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine worldwide. Pushback from the U.S. allowed installation of Mazda’s 155-horsepower 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G 4-cylinder instead, for a useful power bump over the 129-horsepower 1.5-liter used in other countries. But that 2.0-liter engine was little more than a transplanted version of the engine used in the company’s economy models and it had some...

  • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata: more power, higher redline

    It's finally official. Mazda on Wednesday upped the zoom-zoom baked into its MX-5 Miata for 2019. This fall, when the 2019 MX-5 Miata hits dealerships, it will boast 181 horsepower—a 17 percent increase over 2018, Mazda said. A number of engineering upgrades allowed for this increase in...

  • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata (Japanese spec)
    Mazda reveals updated MX-5 Miata with more power, features

    Mazda's MX-5 Miata is a perennial favorite that just gets better with each successive generation. The car is into its fourth generation and still manages to maintain the spritely driving feel of the original, despite being significantly safer and more advanced. The fourth-gen model, an ND to all...

  • 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    Report: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata to get 181 horsepower

    Everyone's favorite low-horsepower sports car is getting an update for 2019. The refreshed Mazda MX-5 Miata is nearly here and it's becoming clear that more power is on the menu. According to Road & Track, the 2019 Miata will produce 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. That's a hefty...

  • 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    Is Mazda giving the 2019 MX-5 Miata more horsepower?

    The Miata is a delightful machine that is the poster child of the slow-car-fast mindset. Every auto enthusiast loves it, but a fair contingent of the car's fans also agree that it wouldn't hurt to have a bit more horsepower. It appears that the Japanese automaker is listening because the 2019 MX-5...

  • Off-road Mazda Miata Photo: Alex Bellus Photography
    This wild off-road Mazda Miata isn't afraid to get dirty

    The Mazda Miata has traditionally been tasked with one duty: to provide a pure driving experience. However, someone decided to get a little dirty to create the cutest, angriest off-roader we've ever seen. This off-road Miata was spotted at a recent Cars and Coffee event in Minneapolis and...

  • Mazda NA Miata Restoration Program

    The Mazda Miata remains a go-to choice for those seeking a no-frills driving experience today. Over four generations, the Miata may have gained and lost various facets of itself, but it's always been a fun-to-drive sports car on a budget. But, where did it all begin? Thanks to Donut Media, we have everything we'd ever want to know about the birth of the Mazda Miata. And, in fact, the Miata truly was a spiritual successor to British roadsters. In 1976, Bob Hall, a Motor Trend contributor at the time, met with Mazda and the automaker asked him what he'd like to see from the company. Hall wanted...

  • Here's a time-lapse teardown of a Mazda MX-5 Miata engine
    Watch an incredible time-lapse teardown of a Mazda MX-5 Miata engine

    Apparently, Peter Gabriel is getting into the wrenching game. At least that's what this video has us reminiscing about. Gabriel, for those youngsters among us, is the musician who utilized stop-motion animation (among other art forms, including claymation) to create to the memorable "Sledgehammer"...

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata design proposals
    Mazda MX-5 Miata design proposals reveal what could have been

    Everyone's favorite example of slow car that begs to be driven fast almost looked a little different from the production Mazda MX-5 Miata on the road today. The brand itself recently released a slew of images that show a handful of design proposals for what would become the...

  • Mazda NA Miata Restoration Program
    Mazda launches Miata NA restoration program, but only for Japan

    It's hard to believe it's been nearly 30 years since the first Mazda roadster, which would be dubbed the NA generation, debuted. A lot has happened in that amount of time, and like many older cars, the original Mazda MX-5 Miata has become a rarer breed. Mazda of Japan wants to restore the magic...

  • Robert Serwanski laps Nürburgring in Miata NC
    Koenigsegg's test driver lapped the 'Ring in 7:49.74 in a Miata

    What's quicker than a Lamborghini Murcielago, Ford GT, and BMW M4 around the Nürburgring? None other than a Mazda Miata, believe it or not. Well, it's not a stock Mazda Miata, but the feat is pretty spectacular nonetheless. Koenigsegg's test driver, Robert Serwanski, recently took to The Green...

  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
    2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF first drive review: the Miata coupe (targa?) we've always wanted

    As soon as sports car fans discovered the Miata was a fantastic roadster, some started asking for a stylish coupe version. That was probably a couple days after the first Miata hit the street in 1989. I'd argue that the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF answers that call. Coupe, roadster, or targa? The latest...

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Kuro concept, 2016 SEMA show

    Mazda impressed us at the 2015 SEMA show when it unveiled a lightweight speedster concept based on its fourth-generation MX-5 Miata, which at the time was just hitting the market. On Tuesday at the 2016 SEMA show, Mazda unveiled an evolved version of its MX-5 Speedster concept that’s been made even lighter thanks to lessons learned from the MX-5 Global Cup race car. The latest MX-5 Speedster concept stands out thanks to its White Ether paint job. Engineers somehow managed to take out an additional 100 pounds, bringing the curb weight to a scant 1,980 lb. In case you’re wondering...

  • Mazda MX-5 RF roof in action
    Here's a look at how the Mazda MX-5 RF roof operates

    The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF is the targa-topped Miata that some fans of the car have been hoping would come to light. Not everyone is excited about the cut-up coupe, but there are some enthusiasts that prefer a real roof over their heads and this MX-5 delivers just that. How does that folding hardtop...

  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
    2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF priced from $32,390

    The new RF version of Mazda’s MX-5 Miata goes on sale in early 2017, priced from $32,390. That figure includes an $835 destination charge and is for the base model equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Opt for the available 6-speed automatic and you’ll need to front up an extra...

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition
    Chosen Mazda fans get first crack at limited MX-5 RF Launch Edition

    Miata fans around the world are... well, they're probably split on how they feel about the MX-5 RF. Regardless, the rest of us are mostly excited, as a Miata with a real roof is an exciting prospect for those of us who enjoy the Miata but don't long for a convertible. The RF is nearly ready to...

  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, 2016 New York Auto Show
    Mazda prepping MX-5 RF Launch Edition

    The ND-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is unquestionably a fantastic car. It is nearly the very definition of open-top, lightweight, sporty motoring and some even view it as The Grand Answer to all things automotive. Others, however, might not be as in love with the idea of owning a convertible. Mazda...

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata V-8 conversion by Flyin’ Miata
    Flyin' Miata’s turnkey MX-5 V-8 ready to order, Fiat 124 Spider planned

    Remember that V-8 conversion for the latest-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata we told you about at the start of the year? Well, it’s ready to order and the confirmed specifications are every bit as impressive as we’d hoped. The company doing the conversion is Flyin’ Miata, based in...

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