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Mazda Is Giving The New Miata Some Extra Metal, But Not Where It Matters

It's going to be up top, not inside.

Mazda has been telling the press that it has a big announcement for the 2016 New York Auto Show. We know that this will be a world premier, but Mazda hasn't confirmed exactly what the big reveal will be. Rumors have been circulating that this could be the reveal of the hard-top version of the new MX-5. Autocar received an invite that Mazda sent out for the event which contained a folded piece of paper saying "Help us blow the lid off at the New York Auto Show." Remember the last-generation Miata got its hard top eight months after it first debuted.

The new ND Miata will likely get the same folding metal roof, with a slightly lighter and more compact mechanism that doesn't impede trunk space (like it had truck space to begin with). The hard-top Miata will likely be called the PRHT (Power Retractable Hard Top) in the US, or the Coupe in Europe. Hard-top Miatas made up more than 50% of sales in the US and over 80% in the UK. Some people may be disappointed that Mazda is adding a hard-top roof rather than a turbocharger. However, we think that for now, this is a good move, not saying we don't want a turbo Miata. Mazda's hard-tops are typically well-engineered and we think that the ND Miata will look great with a hard top roof.

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