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Mazda reveals 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for the 2016 MX-5 Miata

When Mazda unveiled the redesigned 2016 MX-5 Miata last month, it gave the world a good look at the sports car’s new styling, but left the hood closed.

At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the Japanese carmaker put an end to the speculation regarding the Miata’s powertrains, confirming details for both the U.S. and other markets.

Stateside buyers will get the 2.0-liter Skayactiv-G naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine already used in other Mazdas. It will be paired with a six-speed manual transmission, although an automatic may be offered as well.

There were rumors that Mazda would also offer a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and it will, but not in the U.S.

However, Mazda hasn’t released power outputs for either of these engines.

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The 2.0-liter Skyactiv currently makes 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque in the Mazda3, while the 1.5-liter produces just 99 hp, and 110 lb-ft of torque, in European applications.

For comparison, the current Miata’s 2.0-liter four is rated at 167 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque.

Mazda did say that each powertrain would be “specially tuned” for the Miata, so there’s a possibility that they’ll produce more power in this decidedly sportier application.

They won’t have to push much weight either. Mazda expects the 2016 Miata to weigh around 2,200 pounds, down from the 2,480 pounds of the lightest 2015 model.

That’s despite the addition of new gadgets like the Mazda Connect infotainment interface and some unspecified active safety features.

The remaining details on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata should come to light prior to the car’s launch next year.

Stephen Edelstein
Stephen is a freelance automotive journalist covering all things cars. He likes anything with four wheels, from classic cars…
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