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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Roadster & Convertible

Nobody knew what a huge success the Mazda MX5 will have when the car was launched in 1989.

The little 2-seats roadster was sold in over 400.000 units. And that was only for the first generation of the Mazda MX5 – Miata as it is known in the North-American Continent.

The Mazda MX5 NA, the code-name for the first generation of the Miata, was a simple roadster, built on the idea of a British roadster, but with the Japanese reliability. It was not a fast car, or quick or luxurious. It was a simple, reliable, nimble vehicle that could be driven daily, year after year.

The design was plain and simple, with the grille incorporated into the lower part of the bumper. It looked just like a smiling mouth and, with the pop-up headlights, the front of the car looked like a smiling face.

Inside the cabin, there was room for two passengers, but not so tall. The headroom with the soft top up was limited. The Miata won a lot of customers due to its driving position with the legs almost stretched under the dashboard and low seating position. The instrument cluster had the most important four dials for a sports car: fuel gauge, coolant temperature, tachometer, and speedometer. An interesting sound system for that era was offered as an option for Radio-Cassette-CD Player.

The front engine-rear wheel drive roadster was so pleasant to drive that soon it became an iconic car in the roadster segment. It was the car that re-launched the roadster segment, back in the '90s.

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MAZDA MX-5 / Miata 1989 - 1998
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.6i 5MT (116 HP)
  • 1.6i 5MT (90 HP)
  • 1.8i 5MT (131 HP)

MAZDA MX-5 / Miata 1.6i 5MT (116 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6i 5MT (116 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1598 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 6500 RPM
116 HP @ 6500 RPM
114 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
100 lb-ft @ 5500 RPM
136 Nm @ 5500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
12.7 gallons (48.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14H
DIMENSIONS
Length
156.5 in (3975 mm)
Width
65.9 in (1674 mm)
Height
48.4 in (1229 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/56.2 in (1,410/1,427 mm)
Wheelbase
89.2 in (2266 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.6 in (117 mm)
Cargo Volume
4.8 cuFT (136 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2094.3 lbs (950 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2623.5 lbs (1190 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
Highway
38.6 mpg US (6.1 L/100Km)
Combined
30.2 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
186 g/km

MAZDA MX-5 / Miata 1.6i 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6i 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1598 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 6000 RPM
90 HP @ 6000 RPM
89 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
95 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
129 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
12.7 gallons (48.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
108.7 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60HR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
156.5 in (3975 mm)
Width
65.9 in (1674 mm)
Height
48.4 in (1229 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/56.3 in (1,410/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
89.2 in (2266 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.6 in (117 mm)
Cargo Volume
4.8 cuFT (136 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2127.4 lbs (965 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2711.6 lbs (1230 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
200 g/km

MAZDA MX-5 / Miata 1.8i 5MT (131 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8i 5MT (131 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1840 cm3
Power
96 KW @ 6500 RPM
131 HP @ 6500 RPM
129 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
111 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
150 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
12.7 gallons (48.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
122 mph (196 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14H
DIMENSIONS
Length
156.5 in (3975 mm)
Width
65.9 in (1674 mm)
Height
48.4 in (1229 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/56.3 in (1,410/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
89.2 in (2266 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.6 in (117 mm)
Cargo Volume
4.8 cuFT (136 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2182 lbs (990 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2711 lbs (1230 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Highway
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
Combined
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
207 g/km
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