The wait is almost over for the 2016 Mazda MX-5. The first shipment arrived in the U.S. this week and after processing the next stop will be into the hands of the lucky first drivers within the next couple of weeks.
The first roadsters to be delivered will be of the 1,000 exclusive Launch Editions. This model is based off the Grand Touring trim and comes in the exclusive color combo of Soul Red with Sport Tan leather. It also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated seats, and navigation.
The new MX-5 is lighter, quicker, nimbler and more fuel efficient thanks to Mazda’s Skyactiv Technology. It gets a 25-percent improvement in fuel economy with an estimated 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.
The Roadster comes in three trim levels that all feature a Skyactiv-G engine with 155 horsepower, 148 lb-ft of torque, and either Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
“The three trim levels available – Sport, Club, and Grand Touring – are tailored for three very different types of customers, broadening the MX-5’s appeal. The Sport model is for those desiring a pure, lightweight, unadulterated wind-in-the-hair driving experience. MX-5 Club is for those seeking a more aggressive appearance and driving experience and Grand Touring models are for loyal MX-5 owners who seek premium amenities and driving experience that only MX-5 can deliver,” says Rod McLaughlin, MX-5 vehicle line manager, MNAO.
The Sport trim starts at $24,915 and is the base level trim. It comes with the MX-5 standard features including the manual cloth convertible top and Bluetooth wireless phone pairing.
The Club starts at $28,600 and offers 17-inch wheels, the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen and voice commands, and a Bose nine-speaker audio system with head-mounted speakers that automatically adjusts sound quality with the roof modes for the ultimate listening experience.
There is also a Club package, called the Brembo/BBS package, that cost $3,400 and offers 17-inch forged lightweight BBS wheels, Brembo front brakes and functional aerodynamic side sill extensions and rear bumper skirt that were previewed on the MX-5 Global Cup race car.
The Grand Touring trim starts at $30,065 and comes with leather-trimmed seats and a host of Mazda i-Activsense safety technologies including blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, high beam control, and rain-sensing wipers.
Now that the first shipment of the world’s favorite two-seater is here, keep your eyes peeled for one of them on the road.