Mazda MX-5 Miata News

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata Hellcat engine swap

    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 swimmingly despite all of the work required. The channel documented the entire process in a four-part video series and the amount of effort required to make the Miata Hellcat come to life is rather intense. Yet, it's oh so satisfying to see the engine stuffed under the hood. The MX-5 Miata used is an...

  • 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
    2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata first drive review: The sports car Mazda intended

    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...

  • 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'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 the fans, was introduced for 2016. As it approaches the midway point in its life cycle, new details have emerged on some substantial updates for the car. The updates, which apply to both the regular model and the MX-5 Miata RF, have been announced for the Japanese market. They are expected to be...

  • 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...

  • 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
    Evolution of virtue: How Mazda Miata became purist's sports car

    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...

  • 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

    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 Hell in his last-generation Miata NC track car and clocked a damn impressive 7:49.74. As mentioned, that time is quicker than a handful of supercars and sports cars, per official Nürburgring lap records. Serwanski was kind enough to shoot a driver's perspective video of his lap and post it to...

  • 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 goes with sexy and sinister for MX-5 concepts at SEMA

    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...

  • 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

    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 Palisade, Colorado, and it provides a turnkey solution that starts at $49,995. ALSO SEE: Why Ford is making a huge mistake with its new GT That price doesn’t include the cost of the donor MX-5, which Flyin’ Miata can source for the customer. The company says Fiat’s 124 Spider, which is...

  • One millionth Mazda MX-5 Miata
    Mazda builds one millionth MX-5 Miata

    Sports car fans should mark today as a day to celebrate the one millionth example of Mazda's MX-5 Miata roadster. Miata number 1,000,000 rolled off the line last Friday at the automaker's assembly plant in Hiroshima, Japan. ALSO SEE: 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman debuts at 2016 Beijing Auto Show The...

  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, 2016 New York Auto Show
    2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF preview

    Miata fans have wanted a coupe version of Mazda's playful little roadster for ages. While we may never actually see one, the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF could be as close as we ever get. RF stands for Retractable Fastback, and that's appropriate given the sleek rear pillars. Those pillars lift away so the...

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    Mazda MX-5 named 2016 World Car of the Year, Audi R8 snags Performance title

    Mazda’s MX-5 Miata is the hot ticket right now. Following yesterday’s debut of the awesome RF version, the regular model, on sale since last year, has just been awarded the title of 2016 World Car of the Year. With its sporty handling and no-nonsense design the latest Miata is an...

  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, 2016 New York Auto Show
    2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is a droptop fastback dandy

    A retractable hardtop Miata may not have been a total surprise by the time the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF pulled on to the stage at this week's 2016 New York Auto Show. After all, Mazda Europe leaked pictures of the car before the official introduction, and they were picked up by several outlets...

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    Mazda MX-5 Miata Power Retractable Hard Top tipped for New York Auto Show

    Mazda has confirmed plans to debut a new model at the 2016 New York Auto Show taking place later this month. No details have been provided other than this being a “world premiere” and a car that will “blow the lid off.” That latter descriptor suggests that the car in...

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