Miata Summary - North American Models

by Kirk Blanchard

(Also see Chris Lambert's "Summary of Miatas in America")

Year

 

Colors

Special Editions

 

1990

NA Body Style

2200 Lb

1.6L OBD-1 B6-ZE 116 HP

Viscous LSD (optional)

5 Speed Transmission

14 x 5.5 Alloy Wheels  12.3 Lb

Mariner Blue

Crystal White

Classic Red

Silver Stone Metalic

 

 

1991

NA Body Style

2200 Lb

1.6L OBD-1 B6-ZE

116 HP

Viscous LSD (optional)

ABS introduced (optional)

automatic Transmission introduced

5 Speed or automatic Transmission

14 x 5.5 Alloy Wheels  12.3 Lb

Mariner Blue

Crystal White

Classic Red

Silver Stone Metalic

BRG (on SE)

BRG  Special Edition:

Tan leather interior, tan vinyl top,  wood Nardi shifter and e-brake handle

 

1992

NA Body Style

2200 Lb

1.6L OBD-1 B6-ZE

116 HP

Viscous LSD (optional)

ABS (optional)

5 Speed or automatic Transmission

Remote Trunk Release Added

Rear Subframe Brace indrocuced

Rear Defroster and Headliner added to hardtop

14 x 5.5 Alloy Wheels  12.3 Lb

Mariner Blue

Crystal White

Classic Red

Silver Stone Metalic

Sunburst Yellow (LE)

Brilliant Black (C)

Limited Edition: Sunburst Yellow.

Brilliant Black C-package

 

 

 

 

1993

NA Body Style

2200 Lb

1.6L OBD-1 B6-ZE

116 HP

Viscous LSD (optional)

ABS (optional)

5 Speed or automatic Transmission

Minor Logo Changes

14 x 5.5 Alloy Wheels  12.3 Lb

 

 

Mariner Blue

Crystal White

Classic Red

Brilliant Black

 

Limited Edition: Black with red interior, red tonneau 14 inch BBS wheels, Bilstein shocks, ABS, Nardi shifter, and aero package including rear spoiler, LE key fob, .


 

 

1994

NA Body Style- Minor facelift

2300 Lb

1.8L OBD-1 (1840 cc’s) BP-ZE

128 HP

Torsen LSD (optional)

ABS (optional)

5 Speed or automatic Transmission

Passenger Side Airbag Standard

Minor Mechanical Changes

Enlarged Brake Discs

Front Subframe Brace Added

Rear Subframe Brace Change

Cockpit Brace between seatbelt towers

“Flash-to-pass” added to headlights

Gas Tank Enlarged

14 x 6 Alloy Wheels  10.3 Lb

 

Laguna Blue

Montego Blue (M)

White

Classic Red

Brilliant Black

British Racing Green

M Edition- Montego Blue Mica.  Polished M edition wheel is the lightest factory wheel.

 

R Edition: Sport suspension, Bilstein shocks, aero trim including rear spoiler, torsen LSD.

1995

NA Body Style

1.8L OBD-1

128 HP

Torsen LSD (optional)

ABS (optional)

5 Speed or automatic Transmission

Oil Gauge changed to Lo-Hi

14 x 6 Alloy Wheels  10.3 Lb

Montego Blue

Laguna Blue

White

Classic Red

Brilliant Black

British Racing Green

Merlot Mica (M)

M Edition: (5th anniversary) Merlot Mica.  15 inch BBS wheel is only 9.6 Lb.  Tan vinyl top, tan leather seats, Nardi trim.

 

 

1996

NA Body Style

1.8L OBD-2

133 HP

Torsen LSD (optional)

ABS (optional)

5 Speed or automatic Transmission

14 x 6 Alloy Wheels  10.3 Lb

Montego Blue

White

Classic Red

Brilliant Black

Starlight  Mica (M)

M Edition: Starlight Blue Mica.  15 inch five spoke Enkei wheels.   Tan vinyl top, tan leather seats, Nardi trim, remote keyless entry and alarm.

 

1997

NA Body Style

1.8L OBD-2

133 HP

Torsen LSD (optional)

ABS (optional)

5 Speed or automatic Transmission

14 x 6 Alloy Wheels  10.3 Lb

Montego Blue

White

Classic Red

Brilliant Black

British Racing Green

Marina Green (M)

Twilight Blue (STO)

M Edition: Marina Green Mica.  15 inch polished six spoke wheels.  Similar to previous M Editions.

 

Special Touring Edition (STO): Twilight Blue Mica.  Similar to the 1996 M. 

1998

The 1998 was not produced.  The 1997 extended late, and the 1999 was introduced early to fill the 1998 production year.

1999

NB Body Style

1.8L OBD-2

140 HP

 

 

2000

NB Body Style

1.8L OBD-2

140 HP

 

 

2001

NB Body Style

1.8L OBD-2

142 HP

 

 

2001

NB Body Style

1.8L OBD-2

142 HP

 

 

'90-'93: 1.6L engine 116hp, 14X5.5 alloy wheels, viscous LSD as an option, lightest weight (2200lb give or take a few), 17 sec ET

'94-'95: 1.8L engine 128hp (OBD-I... easier to mess with than '96-'97), 14X6 alloy wheels, torsen (stronger and longer lasting than viscous) LSD as an option, larger 4-wheel disk brakes, more chassis bracing, a little more weight (2300lb give or take a few), 16.5 sec ET, similar handling and braking to '90-'93, R package was offered and had stiffer suspension and torsen, and were the lightest, M editions were the luxury models that were a bit heavier (50lb or so) and had 15X7 alloy wheels, torsen, standard suspension

'96-'97: 1.8L engine 133hp (ODB-II... a little more of a PITA than the OBD-I for mods), everything else like '94-'95 except perhaps the ride height is slightly higher (debatable)

'98: no such animal in the North America. '98 model year (NB Body style) available in other parts of the world.

'99-'00: 1.8L engine 140hp (OBD-II), 6-speed manual trans available on 10AE and SE models, 14X6 alloys or 15X7 option, torsen option, glass/defroster rear window, larger trunk, no popup lights, better aerodynamics, slightly better handling, slightly less weight than the '97 model, improved chassis rigidity, 16 sec ET

'01+: 1.8L engine 142hp (original rated 155hp (ODB-II)), 6-speed manual trans available as option, 15X6 alloy or 16X6 option, everything else same as '99-'00, improved chassis ridigity over '99-'00, heavier (2400 lb give or take a few), 16 sec ET (OK maybe 16.1 close enough) [Smile] , improved brakes over '99-'00 when equipped with 16" wheels

A few notes on the '99+ models:
Suspension package available as an option which included shock tower brace, stiffer springs, bilstien shocks, heavier rear swaybar, and Torsen. For '01 models suspension package also added the larger brakes that require the 16" wheels and additional bracing. The leather package automatically got all of the components of the suspension package except the bilstien shocks, stiffer springs and heavier rear swaybar, and shock tower brace (except the '01+ models). Suspension package on leather equipped cars added the rest of these items though.


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14 February, 2004