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Now You Can Drive the 2016 Mazda Miata in Forza Horizon 2

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/12/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Gamers will be able to download the all-new 2016 Mazda Miata for Forza Horizon 2 beginning March 17. That means Xbox players will be the first to experience the Miata before the physical car goes on sale this summer. In addition, today the automaker also announced new real-life U.S.-spec numbers for the Miata, including its official curb weight.

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Through the Xbox game, the public will be able to experience the car's capabilities on the open road in various climates as well as in day and night settings. In addition to the new fourth-gen Miata, the Forza Horizon 2 Mazda Car Pack also includes the 2010 MX-5 Super20 SEMA concept car, original 1990 MX-5, and 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5. Simply log into Xbox Live on Xbox One and head to the Mazda landing page to download the entire package.

2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata In Forza Horizon 2 Rear Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata In Forza Horizon 2 Rear Three Quarter After downloading, gamers have a chance to win a real 2016 Miata by entering the Time Trials Rivals Contest and scoring the fastest times of any player in the game's Rival Mode. Two finalists will be flown to Los Angeles in June to compete once again, and the winner receives a brand-new Miata in sheetmetal form.

"Through history, there have been very few purer sportscars than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and this fourth generation car is no exception," said Russell Wager, vice president of marketing for Mazda North American Operations, in a release. According to Mazda, the 2016 MX-5 has dropped about 150 pounds since the third-gen for a weight of 2332 pounds when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission or 2381 pounds with the automatic. We expect its lightweight characteristics will show through splendidly in the game.

Even before the download is available, drivers can head to the SXSW Gaming Expo in Austin, Texas starting March 13 to be among the very first to test-drive the virtual Miata. But for those who can't make it, a sneak peek of the MX-5 Car Pack can be viewed here on YouTube.

Source: Mazda

2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata In Forza Horizon 2 Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata In Forza Horizon 2 Front Three Quarter
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