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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Postby scrotum » September 4th, 2014, 12:53 am

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Postby Mr-914 » September 4th, 2014, 6:39 am

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*jaw drop* Screw my kids college fund, I need this now!!!

It's amazing how it looks like some boutique cottage manufacturer rather than a major auto make.
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Postby Cyberdemon » September 4th, 2014, 8:27 am

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To be fair, the price of this probably won't even pay for a semester at most private art schools ;-)

I love it, curvaceous without feeling "bubbly" or "feminine". Miata owners may finally be able to drive in peace without any gay jokes being made!

@2200 lbs I hope they give an option with something close to 180-200hp. Rumor mill says there will be a turbo engine + an entry level motor.

I also love that it looks like they kept the wheel and lugnut size the same. Miata racers everywhere are thanking god they can re-use their wheels!

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Postby hatts » September 4th, 2014, 10:16 am


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Aesthetically speaking, that's easily the sexiest Miata ever
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Postby Mr-914 » September 4th, 2014, 11:05 am

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I think 5 lug wheels, although trendy, are heavier for no reason on a road car.
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Doesn't do much for me. Looks like a combo of the Subaru BRZ, the Honda S-2000 and maybe a bit of Miata.

Looks like a car.

Original one at least had a unique take on the classic British Sportscar. I would have like to see them take it back to that direction, without going retro, but maybe looking at an E-type configuration with long nose, short overhangs, etc.

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Postby holtag » September 4th, 2014, 1:56 pm

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Hmmm, I was hoping for something more 'fun'. When I say that, I mostly mean the styling. Plenty of squinty eyed sports car on the road already, the Miata has always been a cheerful car to me. Oh well, gotta move with the times I guess...

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Postby yo » September 4th, 2014, 4:36 pm

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I need to see it in person. Overall, based on pics, it looks like a much more memorable design. I see echoes of the BRZ and the S2000, but I think both of those are well done cars as well, so I don't see a problem. As Paul Rand said, "don't try to be original, just try to be good". There are lots of squinty eyed cars but most of those are ugly and this one looks good.

Richard, I agree with you that I would have gone back to the original source, the Gen 1 Miata, which is the most iconic of them, to see what DNA could be evolved. There was a lot of vintage Lotus in that car that really worked.

i think this design is very trendy, and well done, it might date quickly though. I'm looking forward to checking it our in person though.

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Re: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Postby mo-i » September 5th, 2014, 4:59 am

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Some moons ago I had an Alfa Spider when my dad ordered his Mx-5 (that he still has).
So we both awaited this new generation with taut anticipation.

While I like and do understand what Mazda did to this I am still hoping for an Alfa version that might come very close to the Duettotanta concept pictured above. Which has become more imaginable today as some of the straying from the Mx-5 iconic egg shapes might be based in the need to do both versions well.

If Sergio really f*d up on this collab I'll happily take the Mazda and tweak it to my tastes as everyone else
does. The squinty eyes and the logo are my only concerns. Everything else looks great and great value, especially:

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Re: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Postby hatts » September 5th, 2014, 8:08 am


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When I look at old Miatas I don't see a successful nod toward sports car heritage (in terms of styling), I see a poor imitation of it. Take an approximation of a 1960s British sports car and drown it in vanilla and as much cheapo ABS as you can muster.

Not knocking the performance or fun factor of any generation of Miata, but to me, smallness/blobbiness does not equate with iconic styling.
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Re: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Postby Mr-914 » September 5th, 2014, 12:45 pm

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If you owned one, you would understand I think. It's like an MG that doesn't break down. The plastic is there for a reason. The interior was actually quite nice for 1989.

I see a lot of later TVR in this Miata, mho. That's why I said it has a boutique cottage feel to it.

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hatts wrote:When I look at old Miatas I don't see a successful nod toward sports car heritage (in terms of styling), I see a poor imitation of it. Take an approximation of a 1960s British sports car and drown it in vanilla and as much cheapo ABS as you can muster.

Not knocking the performance or fun factor of any generation of Miata, but to me, smallness/blobbiness does not equate with iconic styling.


I'd disagree, "sports car heritage" is very vague, if you take a look at the Elan posted earlier:

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That was very much the design inspiration. Very simple surfacing, the pop up headlights, cute snout, super simple interior. I wouldn't describe any part of it as blobby.

It wasn't meant to be a Jaguar E type of Ferrari. It was meant to replicate the simple, lightweight formula and make it accessible and relevant. No one designs something to be iconic, becoming an icon is something you earn - and the Miata did just that.

If the iPod was an unsuccessful piece of sh*t we wouldn't call it an icon, we'd just refer to it as "that old jukebox Apple tried making in the 2000's".

Re: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Postby apowers » September 5th, 2014, 1:15 pm


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Like many cars on the street today, I think it would be very difficult to identify this as a Mazda, let alone the Miata if you removed the badges.
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Re: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Postby scrotum » September 9th, 2014, 5:26 am

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Re: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Postby Used Oil India » September 10th, 2014, 5:00 am


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Hi,

Mazda's had a long time to think about the next generation.
It's stunning how it would seem that some uncomplicated sports cars maker instead of a real auto make.

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