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TOTD: What Does the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Need to be a Hit?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/4/2014 Alex Nishimoto

Mazda finally pulled the wraps off the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, and so far things look very promising. However, details on powertrain and estimated performance were omitted at the initial reveal, leaving us to wonder what might be hiding underneath that shapely hood. For today's TOTD, we want to know what you think the new Miata needs in order to be a smash hit.

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Mazda did give us a few facts to chew over at the event: the fourth-gen model is the most compact of any generation of Miata ever, including the original NA-chassis car. Furthermore, the zoom-zoom brand claims the 2016 Miata weighs 220.5 pounds less than the outgoing model, and we've even heard it could weigh as little as 2250 pounds. Much of that weight was taken out thanks to the car's new Skyactiv platform, which is said to be 14 percent lighter compared to the current model. The new Miata will also boast at least one Skyactiv engine, and we've even spied a possible turbocharged prototype in the past. Mazda, however, remains tight-lipped regarding the 2016 Miata's specs.

2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Live Reveal© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Live Reveal

Another key detail left out at the reveal is the car's starting price. The 2015 Miata starts at $24,765, but it's unknown if all the enhancements to the 2016 model will hike up its base price or not.

With all that in mind, tell us what you think the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata needs to be a homerun.

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