Mazda has revealed the US-spec MX-5 roadster during the Los Angeles Auto Show

Mazda has revealed the US-spec MX-5 roadster during the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Japanese company says the model “delivers true driving pleasure and is an irreplaceable partner for the people on board” and that it has "steadily evolved in a way that is only possible thanks to an unchanging passion shared between Mazda and countless MX-5 owners and fans around the world.”

The big news for the US-spec version is that it will be available only with a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine of undisclosed output. It will be mated to a Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual transmission. The smaller 1.5-liter unit won’t be offered in North America.

The US-spec variant is also equipped with a double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension, electric power assisted steering, ventilated disc brakes on the front axle and 195/50 R16 or 205/45 R17 tires.

As previously reported, the roadster is 105mm shorter, 20mm lower and 10mm wider than its predecessor. Based on a new rear-wheel-drive architecture, the MX-5 is around 100kg (220lbs) lighter than the outgoing model.

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