If you can’t afford the $82,100 starting price for the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder, Mazda’s got you covered with their 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club, which debuted this morning at the New York Auto Show.
The Club model is lighter, smaller, quicker and more nimble than its predecessor, adopting Mazda’s full suite of SKYACTIV Technology and KODO—Soul of Motion design. In the process, MX-5 has shed approximately 150 pounds from its predecessor, with a curb weight of 2,332 lbs when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission (2,381 lbs with the six-speed automatic transmission).
The MX-5 Club heightens performance with trim-level exclusive:
- 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels wrapped in 205/45R17 tires
- Limited-slip differential when equipped with SKYACTIV-MT
- Bilstein shocks when equipped with SKYACTIV-MT
- Shock tower brace when equipped with SKYACTIV-MT
- Front air dam and rear lip spoilers
Standard equipment on MX-5 Club models includes MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system with a 7″ color touchscreen display and multi-function commander control, HD and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, two USB ports, piano black side mirrors and seatback bars and a nine-speaker Bose audio system with headrest speakers.
Also available for the MX-5 Club is a package that equips the roadster with forged lightweight BBS 17-inch wheels, Brembo front brakes and functional aerodynamic side sill extensions and rear bumper skirt that were previewed at the Chicago Auto Show and on the MX-5 Global Cup race car.
“MX-5 is the heart and soul of Mazda, serving as a beacon for the rest of our lineup with its fun-to-drive dynamics, design and technologies,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. “Jinba Ittai—oneness between driver and machine—defines the MX-5. It’s a philosophy that has led every decision we’ve made toward bringing the MX-5 back to the basics that made drivers fall in love with it 26 years ago when the first generation debuted.”
All North American MX-5s will come with compact LED headlights, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine. The MX-5 will be equipped with either a standard six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or available six-speed automatic.
Further packaging details will be made available closer to the MX-5’s summer on-sale date.