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1990-1998 Mazda Miata: The legend begins

Mazda's original roadster that started it all.

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The original Miata debuted in 1989 as a 1990 model.

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Power came from a 1.6-liter I4, with 116 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque.

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A five-speed manual transmission was standard.

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The original Miata could hit 60 miles per hour in 8.6 seconds and top out at 116 mph.

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The original Miata weighed around 2,100 pounds.

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A 1.8-liter I4 engine joined the lineup in 1994.

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The new engine upped output to 128 horsepower.

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Another update came in 1996, when the Miata got 133 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque.

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The original Miata is still one of the best.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the original Mazda Miata.

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