The fourth generation of the Mazda MX-5 Miata will make its debut on September 3 this fall as a 2016 model. Much anticipated among a loyal core of sports car enthusiasts and those who enjoy a car that’s truly—to use a phrase that’s much overused—fun to drive, the Miata will be shown in the whole at simultaneous events in Japan, Spain and the United States.
Mazda showed the its bones of the new “ND” generation of Miata at this year’s New York International Auto Show with a display the chassis of the next generation as a popular sideshow of the 25th Anniversary special edition. Even with a new model in the offing, that model, of which only 100 would be sold in the United States, sold out in a mere ten minutes via a special internet micro-site.
The official reveal of the Miata, will take place at an exclusive event at the Mazda Raceway in Monterey California. The reveal will be followed immediately by “Miatas at Mazda Raceway,” a gathering of the Miata faithful. Taking place over the September 5-7 weekend, that will include discussion groups with creators of the original and new Miata, parade laps on the track, displays of Miata show cars and race cars over the years, and more, a barbeque at the track for Miata fans, plus hot laps of the track. All of the event—other than the hot laps—will be free for preregistered participants. More than 1,000 have already signed for the event. The hot laps of the track, which cost $250, have already sold out, but Miatas at Mazda Raceway participants will be part of an official record-setting attempt guaranteed to succeed.
“We’re excited to make this official, to announce that the newest member of the MX-5 Miata family will be arriving soon,” said Mazda North America Operations CEO Jim O’Sullivan, in an official statement. “Along with our colleagues around the world, we continue to celebrate the MX-5’s 25th anniversary and look forward to sharing even more news in the near future.”
Although Mazda provided no “sneak peek” teaser photos—we’re sure they will follow and we’ll dutifully pass those along when they come—a video has been posted on Mazda’s site on YouTube. No images of the new Miata are shown, but at least we get to hear it, and of course the Miata’s sound has always been one of the Miata’s core elements.
The Miata will share its platform with a forthcoming Alfa Romeo sports car, a front engine/rear drive open sports car unrelated to the recently released Alfa Romeo 4C. No further details of the all-new Alfa sports car have been released, including its likely-to-change-anyway debut date, other than it will be following that of the Miata. CarBuzzard will pass along information on that car as it becomes available.
Anyone younger than 25 years old has grown up in a world in which the Mazda MX-5 Miata has always existed, and the Mazda Miata has long cemented its place as the most popular sports car in the known universe. We have no doubt that the reinvigorated Miata, which has been the forgotten member of the Mazda family as the company promoted its core product Mazda3 and Mazda6, will continue its record-setting ways.