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Why A 2025 Mazda Miata Could Be The Perfect Electric Sports Car For The Masses

In terms of sports cars that can actually be considered affordable, the Mazda Miata is an icon. With production starting in 1989, the Miata continues to represent Mazda’s commitment to making a driver’s car. Sure, this small, two-passenger vehicle might not be the fastest or most powerful, but it does do “slow car fast” surprisingly well. And that is probably why folks continue to love the Miata.

In its current form, the MX-5 Miata still follows the basic formula of being RWD and front-engine. But with the fourth-generation ND being released in 2015, it’s probably time for the next-gen Miata to take the stage. And that could be what the 2025 Mazda Miata is. So with over one million Miatas produced since the first NA rolled off the line, what can we expect from the Miata NE?

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Will There Be A Next Generation Miata?

Red Mazda MX5 EV Concept Render
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According to the folks at Mazda, the Miata sports car is not going anywhere. The Miata NE is expected to arrive in 2025, and it will likely be a 2026 model-year vehicle. This vehicle has long represented obtainability while remaining fun to drive. Over time, it has gotten larger and heavier. But for the fourth-generation ND, Mazda did attempt to return some lightness and smaller overall packaging.

With the future of the automotive industry looking electric, it isn’t hard to imagine a world where a redesigned Mazda Miata gets some form of electrification. However, when it comes to sports cars, folks can get pretty touchy to change.

As it stands, the MX-5 ND benefits from up to 181 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission, and it has earned a plethora of awards. Whether on the track or on a weekend road drive, it hasn’t forgotten where it came from. And that’s becoming a bit of a rarity in the world of sports cars. Before we dig into the nitty-gritty, let’s take a brief look at the history of the Mazda Miata.

The Mazda Miata Is An Automotive Icon

When looking at the Miata it is easy to draw a through line to roadsters of the past, like the MG B, Triumph Spitfire, and Fiat Spider. When the MX-5 was unveiled at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, it came at a time when the roadster was dying. But Mazda proved if you build it, they will come.

The first-gen Miata is known as the NA, and in recent years, it’s become a bit of a collectible. Its pop-up headlights and friendly design set it apart from the aggressive designs of today. Despite what looks like weak power numbers, its small size and lightweight build make it a blast to toss around. Some models even feature a limited-slip differential. If it weren’t for Mazda badging, you might be able to mistake it for a British sports car.

By the third generation, or NC, the MX-5 became a bit bloated. But it does remain a two-door sports car. Production of this model lasted from 2005 until 2015, and that is when the current-gen Miata came to the stage.


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What Do We Know About The Redesigned MX-5 NE?

Outside of confirmation that Mazda is not discontinuing the Miata, there is not much information in regard to the next-gen MX-5. While this may upset some enthusiasts, Mazda’s sports car might take on some form of electrification. While it probably will not be fully electric, it’s hard not to see some kind of mild-hybrid setup coming into play. It is important to note that Mazda is hoping to be carbon-neutral by 2050. So at some point, an electric Miata will be in the cards.

The next Miata will probably have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. And for enthusiasts, the six-speed manual should remain on the table. And that will give folks the ability to row their own gears. As you can see from the images above, our HC digital artist Timothy Adry Emmanuel created an electrifying concept of the Mazda Miata sports car that might just send the new Tesla Roadster back to the drawing board.

Do Miatas Come In Manual?

Red 1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Since its introduction, the Mazda Miata has offered some form of a manual transmission. At first, it came with a five-speed, but the current gen Miata utilizes a six-speed standard gearbox. Simply put, a manual transmission is a staple of Mazda’s two-door sports car. Unfortunately, that could change if the brand does decide to electrify its sports car.

One brand might be providing a light at the end of the tunnel, though. In recent years, it looks like Toyota is working on a manual transmission for an EV sports car. A prototype shows a clutch pedal and even simulated sounds to provide a traditional combustion engine experience.

You don’t have to look far on social media to find criticism about what Toyota is doing. Folks do not seem happy about the idea of a fake manual. At the end of the day, it would be fun to get instant delivery of torque through a standard gearbox. While this is currently just a prototype, it is possible Mazda could develop something similar for a Miata EV.

For now, this is just speculation. And it is more than likely that the Miata NE will continue to use an internal combustion engine. Even if it is mated to some kind of electric motor. Until Mazda releases more details, we can just make educated guesses.


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Is The Mazda Miata A Hybrid?

Two 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miatas

The Miata uses a naturally-aspirated engine, and it is not currently a hybrid. That might wind up changing once the 2025 Miata or 2026 model is released. Stricter regulations and emissions laws are forcing automakers to get creative. And a hybrid powertrain can help keep everything compliant. Plus, it can help owners see better efficiency.

Of course, a hybrid Miata might not be as lightweight as what is currently available. And the driving dynamics will likely feel less analog. But Mazda does seem committed to this sports car, so the brand will probably aim to keep it engaging and fun.

The MX-5 NE will be yet another evolution of this vehicle. And it will mark a continuation of Mazda’s two-door sports car. It is important that the brand can keep the hallmarks of the Miata around.

Miata Generations
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It needs to be lightweight and affordable. One of the major selling points of the Miata is that you can still get one for around 30 grand. And as new cars become more and more expensive, that’s pretty cool. With the addition of a hybrid powertrain, the weight of the Miata will likely go up. To cut back, maybe we’ll see some more carbon fiber added. But, of course, that would make for a more expensive sports car.

Down the line, the NE Miata might be the last Miata that you can get with a gasoline engine. Like a lot of car brands, Mazda is pushing to offer more EVs and it’s unlikely they would kill off such a fan favorite like the MX-5. Right now, electric vehicles might not seem like enthusiast cars. But with the Kia EV6 GT making north of 550 hp, they probably should be. And maybe an electric Mazda Miata could prove that point in the future.

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