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The legacy of the Miata is well-known, and its reputation has only been growing since its introduction in 1989. In terms of style and design, the front end of the new Miata demonstrates a break with tradition with its redesigned front fascia, giving a more aggressive and sporty appearance when viewed from the front. While this change is subtle, it does a good job of updating the softer look of the 2012 version. The rest of the body remains pretty consistent with last year’s model, but there are some interesting changes under the hood worth noting.
Models equipped with a manual transmission will benefit from a revised throttle management system, which should help improve throttle response and acceleration. The engineers have also upgraded the Miata’s brake boosters in order to give the driver more control when braking. We expect the new Miata to be powered by the same 2.0L four-cylinder, DOHC engine that was found in last year’s model producing 165 horsepower. The latest model of Mazda’s two-seater roadster has shed some weight since the 2012 version, however, so we can expect to see a higher power-to-weight ratio out of the newer model, meaning the nimble roadster will have heightened responses and feel even quicker this year despite being equipped with the same engine.
An interesting safety feature will also be found in the new Miata — a technology Mazda is calling the “Active Bonnet.” The main idea behind this feature is to raise the rear side of the hood upwards in the event of impacts under certain conditions. The goal is to create more space for cushioning of the vehicle and to reduce the severity of head and neck injuries in pedestrians.