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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unveiled in Monterey

  • All-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata makes first official appearance in Monterey, California
  • Rock band Duran Duran plays a spirited set to mark the occasion
  • Further product details will be forthcoming

We were on the scene for the unveiling of the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster, and it was an appropriately festive affair. If you’re wondering, that’s ’80s superband Duran Duran in the photos. They were chosen to participate because the Miata, after all, is a child of the (late) ’80s itself. Yes, it’s been that long since the original Miata bowed — 25 years, to be exact. Mazda kicked off its 25th Anniversary celebration weekend a little early with the international debut of the next-generation model. At the moment, we don’t know anything beyond what the photos show, but it’s already clear that the next Miata will be the most chiseled and stylish model yet. Needless to say, we’re “hungry like the wolf” for more information.

Aside from the eye-catching exterior, which looks much more upscale to our eye than the outgoing model’s relatively simple sheet metal, we can tell you that the interior appears to be a quantum leap forward. Materials are significantly improved, and the colorful central display screen featured in the Mazda3 will be available in the MX-5 as well. This marks the first time that a Miata has offered an infotainment system. Under the hood, the specs remain a mystery, with Mazda telling us only that its SKYACTIV fuel-saving technology will be employed. We should know more very soon, however: A full day of seat time behind the 2016 Miata’s wheel is right around the corner.

What it means to you: If Mazda can keep the Miata’s pricing reasonable, this could be one of the most appealing models that the sports-car market has ever seen. It’s early yet, but we like what we’re seeing so far.

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