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U.S.-Spec 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Getting 2.0-Liter Skyactiv I-4

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/1/2014 Alex Nishimoto

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most hotly anticipated cars of the year, and enthusiasts have been patiently awaiting concrete facts on the upcoming roadster. Now, Mazda has announced that while 2016 Miatas in other markets will be powered by a 1.5-liter engine, all U.S.-spec Miatas will be sold with a Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter I-4. Output figure on either engine have yet to be announced, however.

Mazda said the engine will be "ultra-high compression," and come mated to a Skyactive-MT six-speed manual transmission. Output figures are to be announced at a later date, but even if U.S.-spec power is around the outgoing 2.0-liter's 167 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, it should feel like plenty thanks to a weight reduction of as much as 300 pounds. We previously reported that the base 1.5-liter I-4 for global markets would make 130 hp. 2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata

At the Paris Motor Show, Mazda also revealed official dimensions for the ND-generation Miata. The roadster will indeed be the shortest Miata ever at 154.1 inches. It is, however, wider than the original at 68.1 inches, with a longer wheelbase of 91.1 inches.

We'll have to wait for more details on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, but at least now you can rest easy knowing the U.S. is getting the bigger engine after all.

Source: Mazda

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