The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been all the buzz among enthusiasts since it debuted last year. The slow trickle of info on the newest roadster has been excruciating, but now we have a handful of hard facts, including the sports car's hotly debated U.S.-spec horsepower rating. And to put things in perspective, we've thrown in a few facts about past Miatas.
155 - That's how many ponies the 2016 Mazda Miata will make from its 2.0-liter Skyactiv I-4 in the U.S. While that's down from the outgoing model's 167 hp, the power-to-weight ratio improves roughly 5 percent thanks to the weight savings.
148 - How much torque the U.S.-spec Miata makes in lb-ft. That's up from the current model's 140 lb-ft.
14.2 - The number of pounds each horsepower has to pull, assuming the U.S.-spec model's weight is close to Mazda's estimate of 2,200 pounds for the Japanese-market MX-5. The last 2013 Mazda Miata Club we tested had a ratio of 14.9 lb/hp.
220 - The number of pounds the Japan-spec 2016 Miata is said to have lost compared to the outgoing generation. Much of that weight loss can be attributed to the greater use of aluminum. For the U.S., Mazda tells us that the new Miata sheds approximately 150 pounds off the current model's weight, depending on trim.
4 - The number of lugnuts that secure each of the 2016 Miata's standard 16-inch wheels. The last Miata had five-lug wheels. The new Miata wears relatively skinny 195/50R16-size tires, though 205/45 rubber on larger 17-inch wheels will be available on Club and GT models.
3.4 - How much shorter, in inches, the 2016 Miata is compared to its predecessor. It's also 0.4 inches wider.
0.92 g - That's what the original 1990 Mazda Miata recorded on our skidpad -- a number matched only by much pricier cars of its day. The outgoing Miata is still a giant-slayer in the turns, with an MX-5 Club recording an average of 0.94 on the skidpad. We look forward to seeing what the new Miata can do in our handling tests.
6 - The number of times a Miata has appeared on the cover of Motor Trend. The sports car first graced the cover of the July 1989 issue, and was last featured in a cover story in the July 2012 issue.
3rd - Where the third-gen Miata placed in our inaugural Best Driver's Car competition in 2009, again showing it can take on much more expensive hardware by beating such cars as the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Ford Shelby GT500, Cadillac CTS-V, Nissan 370Z Nismo, and others.
900,000-Plus - That's how many Miatas Mazda has sold to date. Now that there's a new model on the horizon, you can expect Miata sales to crest 1 million before long.