A bunch of first impressions have been posted online today. All of them are from the Spain event where journalists drove the 1.5L Skyactiv. They're also all reporting 155hp/148ft-lbs as confirmed from Mazda for the 2.0L motor.
I did some sleuthing and found a post from October where someone claimed to have been in a focus group, and he mentioned the 155/148 number. It's not rock solid, but 155/148 is fairly specific, so maybe the focus group trip report isn't 100% BS. I'll find it real quick.
I just came back from automotive survey featuring 2 ND miatas, one with soft top right hand drive like the one we saw in Monterey. One with targa/power retractable hardtop concept. They are being comparing against Audi TT, BMW Z4, Toyota FRS and Mini copper convertible.
The final number for miata is 155hp with 148ft/lbs and 2300lbs for soft top and 2400lbs for retractable hardtop concept. Retractable hard top / targa has panorama roof like the SLK.
The interior of the new ND feel smaller than my current NC. The door is higher or the seat is lower than current NC. Six speed manual is standard with keyless start stop. Navigation is on the Japanese model but doesn't know if American model have the navigation option. The navigation display is the Same as the new Mazda 3.
Soft top starting price in 30,495 and retractable hardtop/targa is 32,985
I don't understand why the Skyactive 2L is 155 but the previous technology 2L is 167. Doesn't Skyactive have big-time compression, direct injection, etc., etc. Doesn't add up. I'd expect a 12HP gain, not a 12HP loss. ??? A bunch more torque down low maybe?
My speculation, based on nothing, is that the current 2.0L runs out of breath around 5-6k. It's confirmed that the intake, exhaust, and head are different for the ND; however, no mention of the rev limit being upped, just the final numbers. They're probably more area under the curve just because the curve is going to be expanded out another 1k-1.5k.
That said, it's still m.net rumor mill until Mazda proper lays down the law. It's still somewhat disappointing, but I was looking to get out of my Mazda2 regardless.