2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Curb Weight Released


Curb weights for the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata have been released. 

When equipped with the manual transmission option, the car has a curb weight of 2,332 lbs, while the automatic transmission takes that number up to 2,381 lbs. Mazda says this is about 150 lbs that has been cut compared to the previous model, which has resulted in a marginally worse power-to-weight ratio for the car.

Now, the lightest version of the 2016 MX-5 carries a power-to-weight ratio of 0.066 hp-per-pound, just a bit worse than the car’s previous 0.067 hp-per-pound figure for manual-equipped models.

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For a direct comparison, the current 2015 Mazda MX-5 weighs in at 2,480 lbs with a manual transmission, which makes the new car 148 lbs lighter. When equipped with the automatic, the 2016 car sheds 161 lbs.

These numbers mean the new 2016 MX-5 is much lighter than one if its main competitors, the Scion FR-S, which weighs in at 2758 lbs.

The small lightweight roadster will put out 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque thanks to its 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder engine. In other parts of the world, a smaller 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is also available with 129 hp and 110 lb-ft of torque.

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  • Max Pond

    Expected more of a weight reduction, say closer to 200 lbs. NOw what about forced induction and engine swaps!

  • smartacus

    I agree. expected more weight reduction.

  • Maximania

    Umm, a few mistakes here:

    New Miata’s power-weight ratio: 0.066 hp/lb. (this is correct)

    Current Miata’s weight with a 6-speed, not a 5-speed, is 2511 lbs. Not 2480. Using the 6-speed’s weight gives you the power-weight ratio of 0.067 that you have in the article.

    Also, having a HIGHER power to weight ratio is BETTER. The 0.067 hp/lb power-weight of the old Miata is better, not worse, than the new Miata’s.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Some is better than though… And they’re probably just leaving themselves with some future wiggle room. Keeping in mind it’s a new engine/transmission set up, they’ll probably lighten it up in future refreshes while they work the bugs out too.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Some is better than none* hate how you can’t edit your posts after the fact >. <

  • phil

    lol … good point, more hp/lb is better

  • Robert Wyatt Bogart

    Car needs a V8

  • Stephen Elmer


    The lightest version of the 2015 MX-5, the sport model with manual transmission, weights 2,480 lbs. (You can look it up here – http://www.mazdausamedia.com/download/2015+Mazda+MX-5+Specifications.pdf)

    That gives the lightest version of the 2015 car a 0.067 hp/lb ratio, as I stated in the article. (2,480 pounds w/167 hp = 0.067 hp/lb)

    What you are absolutely correct about is that the new car actually does have a slightly worse power-to-weight ratio that the previous car. The article has been updated to reflect that.


  • tim

    How much weight would the 184 hp 2.5 SkyActive engine add to the car? More Zoom Zoom that’s for sure. ({)

  • Maximania

    Yes I know but like I mentioned in my comment, you’re comparing a 5-speed to a 6-speed. The ND Miata will not have a 5-speed. So why compare two different model types? The 6-speed manual trim is a more accurate basis for comparison between the two generations. The power-weight ratio still rounds up to 0.067 hp/lb with the 6-speed manual for the NC

  • Stephen Elmer

    I hear what you are saying and it’s a fair point. I simply wanted to compare the lightest NC to the lightest ND, regardless of transmission.

  • Jeff T


  • Maximania

    Sure, but the lightest NC can be even lighter if you look at the first year the NC was released. The lightest ND can be the 1.5 liter model from Europe. But none of those would make sense because there isn’t a basis of comparison for different trim levels.

  • Synacks

    New version is better the second you start to seriously add power-gainers.

  • Mark S

    I think the 200lbs maybe true for the 1.5l ND which sad to say we are not going to see here in the States.

  • Mark S

    Wish they would stop this drip drip of information and just tell us all the details – this is going to the <40k canyon carver of choice if handling more than speed is your cup of team

  • Mark S

    2332lbs is great, but wished we were also being offered the lighter 1.5l. Yep some folks want more for their freeway fun, but a super light Miata/MX-5 would have been awesome in the canyons (as I hope the 2.0l will be).