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MAZDA MX-5 / Miata Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 8
First production year: 1989
Engines: Gasoline
Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
 

2016 - Present

Mazda MX5/Miata was already the best selling roadster ever and, in 2016, it introduced a new body version named RF – Retractable Fastback. The Japanese carmaker used a British recipe: a small engine in the front, the power went to the rear wheels, and the vehicle was as light as possible. While the Miata's first-generation tipped the scale lower than one ton, the 2016 version was already...

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gasoline engines:

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata RF 1.5L Skyactiv-G 6MT (131 HP)

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata RF 2.0L Skyactiv-G 6AT (155 HP)

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata RF 2.0L Skyactiv-G 6AT (160 HP)

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata RF 2.0L Skyactiv-G 6MT (155 HP)

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata RF 2.0L Skyactiv-G 6MT (160 HP)

2015 - Present

The new-generation Mazda MX-5 / Miata has been unveiled simultaneously in Japan, USA and Europe, coming with both the SYACTIV technology and the KODO-Soul of Motion design language. Using the SKYACTIV technology, the new MX-5 is now 100 kg lighter, while the front-midship engine is located closer to the cars center in order to achieve a 50:50 weight distribution. It also comes with specially ...

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gasoline engines:

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata 1.5L Skyactiv-G 130 6MT (131 HP)

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata 2.0L Skyactiv-G 155 6AT (155 HP)

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata 2.0L Skyactiv-G 155 6MT (155 HP)

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata 2.0L Skyactiv-G 160 6MT (160 HP)

2012 - Present

One of the most loved and appreciated roadsters, the facelifted Mazda MX-5 / Miata was unveiled in 2012. Besides the more aggressive exterior design and more responsive acceleration, pedestrian safety was enhanced to meet the EU standards. New for 2012, the MX-5 was offered as a hardtop roadster. The new model was also known as the Roadster Coupe. The new version added the comfort of an el...

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gasoline engines:

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata Roadster Coupe 1.8L 5MT (126 HP)

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata Roadster Coupe 2.0L 6AT (160 HP)

  MAZDA MX-5 / Miata Roadster Coupe 2.0L 6MT (160 HP)

2008 - 2015

The most sold roadster in the world, Mazda MX5/Miata, received a facelift for its third generation in 2008. It was the last stint before it was changed in 2015. Named MX5 in most of the world and Miata on the North American market, the little roadster from Mazda gained popularity due to its light construction, low running cost, and reliability. It was a true daily driver, but with a sporty lo...

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2005 - 2008

The Mazda MX5/Miata continued its successful road all over the world with the introduction of its third generation in 2005. When the Japanese car-maker designed the MX5, it took the British roadster as an example, but it made it better. The secret behind the MX5 success was the reliability, which was not common among some British roadsters. On top of that, it was fuel-efficient. It was a fun,...

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2004 - 2005

Mazda produced for almost two years a turbocharged version of its well-known MX-5/Miata roadster and tuned-it for road and track use. The Mazda MX-5/Miata was the best-selling roadster in the world in 2004. It was the first, true, daily driver roadster that could serve as a commuter car thanks to its high fuel efficiency and a fun car thanks to its rear-wheel-drive and low overall weight. The...

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1998 - 2005

The sporty roadster released In 1989 was improved for 1998 when the second generation Mazda MX5/Miata was released. Besides the obvious exterior design updates, the new MX-5/Miata had an improved aerodynamic efficiency, as well as more safety features available. The most notable change was at the front end, where the iconic retractable headlamps were removed and replaced by fixed ones due ...

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1989 - 1998

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 ro...

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