2.0-liter heading to the US, everyone else gets the 1.5.
With many details surrounding the next-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's engine and its output still unknown, we do have some good news to report to awaiting fans, at least those in America: US models will receive the 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine as well a six-speed manual. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, it seems that Mazda has a 1.5-liter engine headed your way. With Mazda still iffy on the details, we can say that the 2.0-liter currently produces 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque in the Mazda3.
That same 1.5-liter engine makes 99 horsepower and 110 lb-ft where offered. Were you hoping for more? Mazda says that "all available drivetrains have been specially tuned for the all-new MX-5," hinting that there may be some more power available on tap. And with its lower weight of approximately 2,200 lb, both engines should offer enough fun per pound to make it worth the wait. Stay tuned for more details.