2016 Mazda Miata / MX-5 Rendered by an Employee

At the time when this article was published, a little over 12 hours separated us from the launch of the 2016 Mazda Miata / MX-5. This seems like a fitting time for a rendering that would top all previous renderings to show up. While we did try our hand at this, we have to admit we are looking at a pair of images that seem rather legit. Could it be because these were made by a Mazda employee?
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2016 Mazda Miata / MX-5 Rendered by an Employee2016 Mazda Miata / MX-5 Rendered by an Employee
These renderings belong to Mazda North America product engineer Seth Elson, having shown up on (via Jalopnik) and appear to be very close to what we expect to be the real thing.

First of all, the proportions fall in line with what we’ve seen in the latest spyshots. They also follow the rumor stating the new Miata will be smaller than the current car.

Up front, we see an evolution of Mazda’s Angry Bird design, just as expected. Moving to the sides of the car, we find the door mirrors attached to the doors, not the windshield frame, another detail that follows the spyshots. The door handles look more CGI than anything else, so we’ll move to the rear of the MX-5.

Aside from the tailpipes, which, once again, appear to be out of place, all the lines of the rendering seem pretty spot on. We’re not quite sure about the lip spoiler topping everything, but we’ll find out soon.

Let’s just hope this was a well-orchestrated PR move and the guy keeps his job after the little doodle.
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