Just when you thought the Miata debut was over, Mazda has announced details on two new versions of the next-generation sports car. The automaker unveiled the MX-5 Miata Club at the New York auto show today, and also announced pre-order registration information for the Launch Edition model.
Mazda recently said the Miata Club "represents the most aggressive road-going iteration of the new Miata," and now we have some clues as to why. The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club gets a number of exclusive upgrades to heighten performance. A limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks, and a shock tower brace are included as standard, with a choice between a Skyactiv six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Front air dam and rear lip spoilers, as well as 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels with 205/45R17 tires, are other features that separate the Club from the rest of the Miata lineup.
Standard technologies include a Mazda Connect infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, HD and SiriusXM satellite radio, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system with headrest speakers. Buyers can also opt for a package that brings forged lightweight BBS 17-inch wheels, Brembo front brakes, and aerodynamic side sill extensions and a rear bumper skirt that were first seen on the MX-5 Global Cup race car.
Mazda also announced that consumers can now log on to www.longlivetheroadster.com to pre-order one of the very first Miatas. On May 5, those who complete this step will be able to return to the website and secure a Launch Edition Miata with a $500 deposit. Only the first 1000 customers will be able to snag this special Miata, which receives an exclusive Soul Red exterior and Sport Tan leather interior combination. Pricing for the model has not yet been announced, but those who are interested shouldn't wait long when May 5 comes around, considering the last special-edition Miata sold out in just 10 minutes. Customers who don't get their hands on one of these cars will have to wait to head to the dealership this summer when the Miata officially hits the market.