|When first introduced, the Miata brought back the memories of the roadsters of the past, particularly the Lotus Elan; small and nimble and full of fun, but now with Mazda reliability thrown in the mix. You could drive this little roadster to work and back all week then spend all weekend working out the kinks of the curviest roads you could find. Sure the Miata was cute, but any driving enthusiast who got behind the seat immediately became a fan. It didn’t take a ton of horsepower to provide excitement, it’s the whole package that make it a nimble joy to drive. These desirable traits are courtesy of precise steering and a supremely shift-able transmission. Thanks to Mazda’s rebirth of the affordable roadster, letting the sun shine in never felt so good.
— Official description 
The 1990 MX-5 is the first model year of the first generation NA codenamed Mazda MX-5. As the first car designed under Mazda's "Jinba ittai" philosophy, the NA MX-5 was conceptualized as a driver-focused, yet affordable roadster with strong mechanical reliability. Its popularity revived the market for affordable roadsters across the world, and ensured future model generations of the MX-5.
The NA MX-5 entered production in 1989 and received a major model update in 1994. It was sold in North America with the Miata name and in Japan as the Roadster under Mazda's now defunct brand Eunos. The NA MX-5 was replaced in 1999 by the NB MX-5.
The 1990 MX-5 inherited many characteristics from small British roadsters, most notably a light rear-wheel drive platform weighing just 2210 lb (1002 kg) and a compact open-top body. A near 50/50 weight distribution was implemented by locating the engine behind the front axle.
As handling was a key point in development, the MX-5 uses double-wishbone suspension on all wheels and an anti-roll bar at both front and rear. To reduce polar moment of inertia, that is counteracting slow steering feedback, the MX-5 uses an aluminum hood and has its lightweight bumpers situated at the furtherest points from its center of gravity.
The MX-5's 1.6 litre twin-cam engine, a naturally-aspirated version of the engine by the Mazda 323 GTX hot hatch, produces 116 hp (87 kW) at 6500 rpm and 100 ft·lb (136 N·m) of torque at 5500 rpm. It redlines at 7000 rpm but can rev higher than 7400 rpm in Forza Motorsport 7. The MX-5 could be optioned with a five-speed manual transmission, which is featured in the Forza series, or a four-speed automatic transmission.
Requires the Mazda MX-5 Car Pack
Purchase from the Autoshow for 5,000 CR
Performance & Championship
Top Speed: 124.2 mph (199.8 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 9.200 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 28.383 secs.
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 162.5 ft (49.5 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 384.3 ft (117.1 m)
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.81 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 0.85 g
|Conversion - Engine|
|2.0L I4 - VVT|
3.7L V6 - VVT
6.2L V8 (415 hp)
2.6L 4 Rotor - Racing
|2.0L I4 - VVT|
6.2L V8 (455 hp)
2.6L 4 Rotor - Racing
|Conversion - Drivetrain|
|Conversion - Aspiration|
|Turbo, Positive-Displacement Supercharger, Centrifugal Supercharger|
|Single Turbo, Positive-Displacement Supercharger, Centrifugal Supercharger|
- ↑ "Forza Horizon 2 - Cars". forzamotorsport.net. Retrieved 01-26-2019.
- ↑ insidemazda.mazdausa.com - Jinba Ittai
- ↑ mx5club.org.nz - MX-5 Technical Article
- ↑ caranddriver.com - 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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