For Miata fans, perhaps the most important thing about the little roadster is its low curb weight, and Mazda has until now kept its cards close to its chest when it comes to the actual weight of the upcoming 2016 Mazda MX-5 roadster. Now, the wait is over, as Mazda revealed the official curb weight of the US-spec Miata. Weighing in at a bantam 2,332 pounds for the manual-equipped model, and 2,381 for the automatic transmission model, the new 2016 Miata is by far one of the lightest sports cars on the market in the U.S. today.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata sheds an impressive amount of weight compared to the outgoing, NC-generation car. The lightest 2015 Miata — a Sport model with a manual transmission — tips the scales at 2,480 pounds, while the heaviest — a Grand Touring Power Retractable Hardtop with an automatic transmission — weighs 3,122 pounds. Although Mazda had initially claimed the 2016 Miata would shed 220 pounds in its newest generation, the fact that the car will be 148 pounds skinnier than the most svelte version of the 2015 model is still impressive. The first-generation 1990 Miata was claimed to weigh 2,189 pounds, so the new car is only 143 pounds heftier than the original.
For comparison, the nearest affordable sports car in terms of weight is the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ twins, which weigh in at a comparatively gutbusting 2,737 pounds. The more expensive Alfa Romeo 4C, which is made from carbon fiber, pegs the scale at 2,465 pounds.
With this low weight, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata should have no problem getting up to speed despite its somewhat modest power output. In the U.S., the new Miata pushes out 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine . In global markets, however, the Miata uses a 1.5-liter engine churning out 128 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque.
If the weight announcement has you wanting a Miata, we don’t blame you. You will have some time to wait until the new roadster reaches customers stateside this summer, as the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata only recently started production for Japanese deliveries. Look for the pricing information on the new Miata over the coming weeks.