The Mazda Miata was first introduced as an early 1990 model in the summer of 1989. It was a small car with an 89.2-inch wheelbase and 155.2 inches overall. Power steering was just an option back then. The first model also included a limited slip and air conditioning. The limited features gave the car a simple balance. The first Mazda Miata included a 1.6-liter dual overhead cam and 16-valve inline four giving it a horsepower of 116. This small sports car could go from zero to sixty mph in just over 9 seconds. It was first debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto show and managed to turn a lot of heads as being an affordable roadster option. This vehicle was packed with what was then the latest in automotive features and technology.
Instant Popularity for the Mazda Miata
The first generation of the Mazda Miata sold globally for ten years as one of the most successful Mazda’s ever produced. Due to the success of this new vehicle, only minor upgrades were made in for the 1991 model, such as antilock brakes and a four-speed automatic transmission. A special edition was created and colored in British Racing Green. Mazda only built 4,000 of the special edition models. 1992 was a big year for the Mazda Miata. The manufacturer added a Brilliant Black Special Edition that had leather seats and BBS wheels. Other Miata changes included a rear suspension cross brace and additions of a roof liner and defroster for the hardtop addition.
Mazda Miata/MX-5 Second Generation
The second generation Mazda Miata/MX-5 model came out virtually restyled and reigned supreme from 2008-2015. Virtually the only thing that remained the same from the 90’s era was the side panels. Mazda overhauled the engine to a 6-speed manual transmission. In 2012 the Roadster Coupe was introduced with a hard top roof.
2017 Mazda Miata/MX-5
With redesigns starting in 2005 and rolling out nearly simultaneously in the USA, Japan, and Europe the current MX-5 generation is a force to be reckoned with and puts comparable roadsters to shame in a side by side comparison. The MX-5 Roadster can come with either the standard engine with a choice of a 6-speed or 5-speed manual. With SYACTIV technology the MX-5 is also now 100 kg lighter allowing for even better performance and extreme maneuverability. For even more options, Mazda brings Milton residents the choice of going with the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster Coupe or the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. These models give drivers a feel of driving a Ferrari or Porsche rather than a Mazda!
If you are ready to get behind the wheel of the roadster that has been turning heads since 1989, head to Scott Mazda in Allentown. You can easily schedule a test drive to see what this vehicle is like, today!