With the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata getting ready to hit the streets, there are sure to be plenty of head-to-head comparisons between the all-new ND model and the original NA Miata that launched in 1990, but the first of which comes directly from Mazda. Enlisting two British endurance racers,Mazda U.K. looked to see how the upcoming Miata performed against its 25-year-old predecessor at the Circuit de Calafat in Catalonia, Spain.
On paper, the battle was already in favor of the new car, as its 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque were far greater than the 115 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque of the original Miata. To offset the power difference, the NA was given a four-second head start off the line. We won’t spoil the ending, but if we’ve learned anything after 25 years of the Miata, it’s to never count this car out… especially on a two-mile track that boasts 22 turns.
Although future Miata track comparisons between the NA and ND will surely be more engaging and feel less like a PR stunt, it was still fun to see how far this little roadster has come. And chances are we won’t have to wait long for more videos like this to hit the web as the 2016 Miata started production in April and is expected to go on sale in the U.S. starting later this summer.
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