Mazda has officially confirmed that the U.S.-spec version of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will make 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque from its standard 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine. This news comes from the Miata’s global launch program where we drove a right-hand-drive model powered by the 1.5-liter engine that’s standard in other markets.
These engine specs don’t come as much of a surprise because the same 2.0-liter Skyactiv, direct-injection four-cylinder also makes 155 hp in the U.S. version of the Mazda 3 compact. While the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s torque number is 2 lb-ft lower than the Mazda 3, the engine is mounted longitudinally in the rear-wheel-drive Miata as opposed to transversely in the front-wheel-drive Mazda 3, so that could account for some of the slight differences. In the U.S. the 2.0L engine will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic will also be available.
What is slightly surprising is that the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will make less power than its predecessor, although torque will slightly increase. The outgoing NC Miata produced 167 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but the new car’s approximate 200-lb weight loss should mean that performance won’t be compromised.
Stay tuned for more official specifications as we near the summer 2015 on-sale date of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.