2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to Make Virtual Debut
Ahead of its official release later this year, the Mazda MX-5 Miata will make a virtual debut tomorrow as part of a downloadable content pack for the Forza Horizon 2 video game on Xbox.
From tomorrow, Xbox One owners who have the Forza Horizon 2 title will be able to download a shiny new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Not only will Xbox gamers be able to get behind the wheel of the Miata months before anyone else, but the best thing is it’s absolutely free!
Mazda’s latest roadster will be made available as part of a four-car downloadable content pack, which also includes the 2010 MX-5 Super20 SEMA concept, 2005 MazdaSpeed MX-5 and 1990 MX-5. If all that’s still not enough, gamers will also get the opportunity to win a real-life 2016 MX-5 by entering the Time Trials Rival Contest.
The official Mazda press release makes for exciting reading and promises that Xbox owners will get to experience the car in “tremendous detail inside and out”. Gamers will be the first people on the planet to give the latest iteration of one of the world’s most iconic two-seater sports cars the ultimate test drive.
Russell Wager, Mazda’s Vice President of Marketing for North American Operations, said: ““Through history, there have been very few purer sportscars than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and this fourth generation car is no exception. In the past, Miata was always a product of the analogue world, but this new 2016 model is the most sophisticated and digital yet, while still being a throwback to everything that made the original 1990 car so special. The new car is nearly as light, yet with a power-to-weight ratio exceeding that of its predecessor. While the physical car doesn’t go on sale until later this summer, we’re excited to give fans an opportunity to get behind the virtual wheel in ‘Forza Horizon 2′ to drive it before they can buy it.”
Despite the press release being about a downloadable MX-5 Miata, it also confirms something that we’ve been pondering about for some time: the new Mazda’s weight. It clearly states that the new Miata will weigh just 2,332 pounds – which is just a fraction heavier than the original NA.
Check out the official Mazda press release for more information and whet your appetite for the next 24-hours with the following MX-5 car pack teaser video: