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Car for Sale: 2016 Global MX-5 Race Car

Car for Sale: 2016 Global MX-5 Race Car

Is this the first ND-gen track-goer on the used market?

Every now and then you come across an amazing car for sell on Ebay. In this case, I may have just found one of the first, if not the first, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Global Cup cars that is being offered on the used market. The car you see above has only be raced on two weekends at Watkins Glen and Road America and is said to be (and looks like it is) in like new condition. And, not only is it ready to go in races like the Battery Tender MX-5 Global Cup Series, but also in SCCA T3, SCCA MXp, NASA, and others. The seller actually has two ND Global Cup cars for sale, with the one shown here being No. 97.

The car comes equipped with an Aim dash, Onboard fire suppression system, GEM ECU, completely sealed engine, transmission, and differential, a differential and transmission cooler, weight box, removable steering wheel, and more that the seller didn’t mention in his listing. On top of that, the car comes with a space transmission that is still in the crate and has the upgraded gear set, spare wheels, rotors, brake pads, and wheel hubs. The seller is asking $53,500 for each of the two cars, which really isn’t a bad deal considering the price on the global cup car reportedly just climbed to $59,000.

The MX-5 Global Cup car uses the same SkyActiv 2.0-liter four-banger found in the standard road-going Miata, but it’s obviously heavily modified by the factory to live up to the rigors of track use. In the road-going model, it produces 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Mazda has yet to release official power output of the Cup car, but word has it that it doesn’t put out much more than the road-going model. Power probably sits right around 170 horsepower at best. As of the time of this writing, there are just three days left on the listing and 11 people watching it. So, if you’re interested in getting into a Global Cup car that comes with extras, you might want to jump on it quickly.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Super 200+ by BBR

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Super 200+ by BBR

Two new engine upgrades from the British tuner that knows the Miata like the back of its hand

You might have heard of BBR already having a number of tuning programs available for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Yep, those kits were introduced only nine months ago when the British tuner unveiled the Super 160, Super 175, and Super 190 kits for the Japanese roadster. Now, BBR is unveiling the next level upgrade to the ones it has already shown in the form of the Super 200 and Super 200+ programs that bring out as much as 214 horsepower and 183 pound-feet of torque from the MX-5’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Whichever program you choose, you can be assured that your MX-5 Miata will carry more than 200 horsepower with it. Sure, it’s not as ridiculous as the Flyin’ Miata upgrade and its 525-horsepower output. But that tuner arrived at that power because of an engine transplant that gave the MX-5 a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8. BBR didn’t go to those lengths and yet, it’s own kit is just as meaningful for those who prefer to keep their MX-5’s true to its character.

Apart from the engine upgrades, BBR also worked on chassis, suspension, and brake upgrades for the Mazda roadster with the intention of making a balanced tuning program for the MX-5. The result is as what you’d expect for one of the most fun cars to drive on the road. The added power gives it an extra kick and the complementing suspension upgrades ensure that it still handles like a charm.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2016 Mazda Miata "Indy" ND V-8

2016 Mazda Miata "Indy" ND V-8

The craziest Miata, and the first ND to have a V-8 crammed under the hood

The word “Miata” means different things to different people. To Mazda, it stands for complete success, since the MX-5 has always been one of the best-selling two-seaters ever made. To those of us who love to do the impossible, the word Miata immediately invokes visions of any crazy mod we can conceptualize without having an aneurysm. The Miata has long been a favorite go-to for harnessing lots of power in a little package, but the guys over at Flyin’ Miata are taking things to a whole new level with the fourth-generation model.

Just released for the 2016 model year, there really haven’t been too many intense builds of the ND Miata – until now. Apparently, the ND you see here was sitting on a lift with no heart to speak of, when the guys at Flyin’ Miata decided to cram their plastic, V-8 test block under the hood. To their surprise, it fit, and their newest project got underway. It’s not the first Miata to undergo a V-8 conversion, but it is the first ND-gen model to obtain such a transplant.

According to the second entry of the project diary on Flyin’ Miata’s website, the ND-gen model actually requires less modification to the chassis than the previous NA- and NB-gen models. But, before I got too much into that, let’s take a look at the car these guys have put together and talk a little about it.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Icon Special Edition

2016 Mazda MX-5 Icon Special Edition

Mazda is set to debut the fourth MX-5 Icon model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month

It’s no secret that the Mazda MX-5 is undoubtedly a legend in the roadster world, with more than a million models produced since its debut at the Chicago Auto Show back in 1989. A fourth generation came to be for the 2014 model year, and now Mazda is announcing the first special-edition model derived from the fourth-gen model. Dubbed the Mazda MX-5 Icon, it is based on the SE-L Nav trim level and will make its public debut on June 24th at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The MX-5 will be displayed as part of a package deal that also includes the European debut of the Mazda MX-5 RF the first appearance the MX-5 Speedster and Spyder concept cars outside of U.S. Borders. To add a bit of celebratory spark to the event, Mazda is also showcasing its one-millionth production MX-5 at the same time. Needless to say, it’s going to be a pretty big party for Mazda at Goodwood and, if you’re in the region, you’ll be disappointed if you miss the MX-5 Icon’s official public debut.

Jeremy Thomson, the Managing Director of Mazda Motors in the U.K., said, “We are delighted that U.K. MX-5 fans will get to see both the Icon special edition and the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. With over 120,000 sales since its launch in 1990, the U.K. has played a huge part in the MX-5 success story, and the Icon follows a long tradition of special edition MX-5s that allow customers to have a stand out vehicle which is truly affordable." Thomson continued saying, "And I’m really excited about the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF, this is a car that offers something new and I’m sure it will attract even more people to the MX-5 family, which is why I’d encourage anyone interest in the RF to pre-order early, as based on dealer feedback after its launch at the New York Motor Show, we envisage that demand will outstrip supply when the car goes on sale next year."

With that said, the Icon boasts a number of features that makes it stand out in the crowd. It’s the fourth car to wear the ICON badge after three other special editions from 2000, 2005, and 2007, and will only be produced to the tune of 600 examples.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mazda MX-5 Icon Special Edition.

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Car Throttle Reviews All Mazda MX-5 Generations Before a Quick Shoot-Out To See Which Is Best: Video

Car Throttle Reviews All Mazda MX-5 Generations Before a Quick Shoot-Out To See Which Is Best: Video

It’s nice to hit a button to drop the top, but it certainly takes longer.

The Mazda MX-5 has been around since its debut at the Chicago Auto Show way back in 1989. It has since gone through three generational changes, with the most recent debuting on September 3rd, 2014. For those of you who have been asleep at the wheel, the MX-5 is one of the hottest selling little roadsters out there and is quite literally a favorite of roadster gearheads everywhere. With the MX-5 having a long, successful history, Car Throttle decided to do a review of all four generations of the MX-5 followed by an entertaining, albeit different, shoot-out between them.

I won’t ruin the video for you, but in a shoot-out between generational models, those with more technology sometimes come in dead last. With that said, it’s fun to go back and look at each generation of the MX-5, and you can’t beat an improvised shoot-out between them either. So, why not end your weekend by watching this video and celebrating one of the hottest roadsters to ever grace the planet? Click play and enjoy the video.

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Mazda Celebrates Production Of 1 Millionth MX-5 Miata

Mazda Celebrates Production Of 1 Millionth MX-5 Miata

Legendary two-door sports car will receive a global tour to commemorate the occasion

Mazda’s 100th anniversary isn’t until 2020, but 2016 has turned out to be a year of celebration for the Japanese automaker as it commemorates reaching 1 million production units for the iconic MX-5 Miata.

It goes without saying that the MX-5 Miata is, without question, one of the most successful cars in the history of the automotive industry. In the 27 years that it’s been around, it’s won over 200 awards from all over the world, including the status of being the only car in history to win both World Car of the Year and World Design of the Year at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. It’s also considered the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car, a record certified by no less than the Guinness Book of World Records. Suffice it to say, the MX-5 Miata is a big deal. A really big deal.

That’s precisely why Mazda is pulling out all the stops to celebrate this momentous occasion and it’s doing so by giving the “One-Millionth MX-5” a global tour befitting its status. First up on the list is the car’s participation in the Flower Parade of the Hiroshima Flower Festival on May 3, 2016. From there, the sports car will be displayed in a number of fan events in Japan before making the trip across the Pacific Ocean to the US in September. Once it arrives on our soil, the One-Millionth MX-5 will continue making numerous stops before concluding its US tour at the Miatas at Mazda Raceway on October 1, 2016.

It’s unclear what Mazda’s plans are for the One-Millionth MX-5 once its global tour reaches a conclusion. A popular guess would be for the car to end up in Mazda’s museum or more improbably, though still likely, an auction house sometime in the future. Whatever the case may be, it’s a tremendous milestone for Mazda and certainly one worth celebrating.

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2016 New York International Auto Show – Best In Show

2016 New York International Auto Show – Best In Show

A variety of flavors to satisfy your speed lust

I’ll just come out and say it – being the follow-up act to the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show is not an enviable position (check out some of our coverage here to see what I’m talking about). Nevertheless, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) pulled it off, providing us with plenty of fresh metal worthy of our collective attention and desire. From muscle-bound track monsters, to European refinement, to Japanese tech, there really was a little bit of everything in the Big Apple this year. But the question is this – which models stood out as the best of the bunch?

The criteria for clinching a spot on this list is loose, but I’ll try to distill it down for you. A Best In Show winner has to stir emotion. It has to excel, both as a piece of design and a technical showcase. Significance in a historical context is a big plus. And of course, there’s the speed – big power, crazy specs, prowess in the twisties… you know, the good stuff.

The following five cars have all that and more, and if you love fast machinery, odds are you’ll find something to love in this list.

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2016 Mazda MX-5

2016 Mazda MX-5

With a history that began in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 is one of the hottest-selling convertibles on the market. In its 21 years of history, the MX-5 saw three different generations, numerous design updates, and even more engine changes. However, the most impressive upgrade has been announced for the fourth-generation that debuted on September 3rd, 2014.

The Mazda MX-5 remains a rear-wheel-drive, compact sports roadster with an exterior design inspired by the Shinari Concept unveiled in 2010. With the new generation, the ND, Mazda focused on reducing the total weight to less than 2,400 pounds and implementing the SkyActiv technology that’s already available across the rest of its lineup.

Slightly shorter and lighter than its predecessor, the new Miata also received a new exterior design, which makes it unique among other Mazda nameplates despite featuring various cues from the company’s current KODO language.

Updated 03/25/2016: The new Mazda MX-5 was named 2016 World Car and World Car Design of the Year at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Masahiro Moro, the President and CEO of Mazda North America said it was a "Wonderful Honor" when receiving both awards for the company.

Continue reading to learn more about the fourth generation Mazda MX-5.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

Mazda’s budget alternative to the Porsche 911 Targa

After showcasing several production-ready concepts based on the new Miata and announcing a new version of the MX-5 for the 2016 New York Auto Show, Mazda has finally unveiled a new Miata at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Dubbed RF, which stands for Retractable Fastback, this new Miata is the hardtop version everyone expected, but with a significant change from the power retractable metal roof variant offered with the previous generation. Specifically, the MX-5 RF is actually a targa, the first such configuration for the Miata, with a retractable roof panel and rear window.

Is this cool or what?

The MX-5 RF will be sold globally and reach markets such as Europe, Japan, and Australia. Naturally, it will also cross the pond to the U.S., where it will offered alongside the more traditional, soft-top roadster.

Technical specifications remain the same, but due to its new roof, the MX-5 RF is actually entirely new not only for the Miata nameplate, but for the market as well. The fact that there aren’t any other affordable, targa-style convertibles out there makes the MX-5 RF unique. Of course, there are certain things to consider here, such as the extra weight that comes with the retractable roof panel and the lift-up flying buttresses, but the RF is arguably the coolest targa since the Porsche 911.

Updated 10/05/2016: Mazda revealed prices for the MX-5 RF which is now officially into production at the company’s assembly line in Hiroshima, Japan. The car is expected to arrive at dealers nationwide by early 2017.

Continue reading to find out more about the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Unveiled

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Unveiled

The canyon-carving icon gets a retractable hardtop

Mazda got the drop on the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) with the launch of a new addition to the MX-5 family. It’s called the MX-5 RF, with the last two letters alluding to the “retractable fastback” roof that replaces the old ragtop. While the fourth-generation MX-5 is undoubtedly a significant aesthetic upgrade over the old model, the new RF is simply gorgeous. The design visually moves the cabin towards the tail, emphasizing the rear haunches and giving the whole package a superb sense of balance and poise. Complementing the new look is the availability of a new premium color – Machine Grey. Something tells me the days of explaining handling dynamics and tossability to non-enthusiasts is over…

Speaking of which, the RF promises to be every bit of fun behind the wheel as the standard model, although Mazda has yet to reveal how much the retractable roof mechanism adds to the original’s feathery curb weight. U.S. customers get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, while a 1.5-liter powerplant is offered elsewhere. Routing the power is a six-speed manual gearbox, or alternatively, a six-speed automatic. Inside, expect the same driver-centric control layout.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF will be on display at the Mazda booth throughout the duration of NYIAS. Customers are invited to place pre-orders later this summer, with deliveries expected sometime thereafter.

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Mazda Confirms New Model For New York Auto Show; Could Be The Hard-Top Miata

Mazda Confirms New Model For New York Auto Show; Could Be The Hard-Top Miata

Will it be a hard-top MX-5 or a brand new model?

The New York Auto Show is less than two weeks away, and manufacturers are already trying to get our attention. The most recent example is Mazda and its invitation to the show that clearly expresses the manufacturer’s intent to “blow the lid off at the New York Auto Show.” Along with that, the invitation also claims that Mazda is planning to release something new at the show; the question is: what?

Well, at this point, nobody outside of Mazda knows for sure, but some sources are indicating that it will be a hard-top version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. That is all speculation at this point, but with the most recent generation debuting just a year ago, it is time for the hard top to hit the scene. If it doesn’t turn out to be a hard-top MX-5, it will be called the MX-5 Roadster Coupe and will feature a folding roof that is lighter and more compact than that of the previous generation.

If our sources are correct, the hard-top MX-5 is a big deal for Mazda. The previous generation hard top was very successful and outsold the soft top by a huge margin in the U.K. Then again; it could be that this “world premiere” that will “blow the lid” off the show is going to be an all-new model altogether. With only a couple weeks left until the show, we won’t have to wait for long. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the opening day of the New York Auto show.

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2016 Mazda Roadster RS Racing Concept

2016 Mazda Roadster RS Racing Concept

2015 may be over soon, but 2016 is just around the corner and so are next big automotive events of the year, the Detroit Auto Show and the Tokyo Auto Salon. While the former will mark the introduction of several new vehicles for the U.S. market, the latter will showcase an array of exciting concept cars, one of which is the Mazda Roadster RS Racing.

Although the name might suggest I’m talking about a brand-new model, the RS Racing concept is actually based on the fourth-generation MX-5 Miata. Having already spawned the Spyder and Speedster concepts we saw at the 2015 SEMA in November, the Miata will take a slightly different form in Tokyo, where it will share features with Racing concepts based on the CX-3 crossover and the Mazda6 sedan.

Details are absent as of this writing, as Mazda only released a few photos of the show car. But, info should become available as soon as the Tokyo Auto Salon opens its doors, so make sure you stick around for the full rundown. Meanwhile, have a look below to learn what we already know about this roadster.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mazda Roadster RS Racing Concept.

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