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The 1996 Mazda MX-5 (NA), also known as the Miata in North America and Eunos Roadster in Japan, is a roadster built by Mazda.

The NA is the first generation model of the MX-5, being sold from 1989 to 1997, underwent frequent model year changes throughout its production run. The 1996 model received a mild power increase for the 1.8 litre engine, although weight was also slightly increased.

The NA was replaced by the NB generation in 1999. The MX-5 is extremely popular in amateur motorsports and car culture scenes for having a capable chassis and being relatively affordable.


Need for Speed II

The MX-5 appears in Need for Speed II as a traffic vehicle, which can be seen along the Pacific Spirit and Mediterraneo courses. It can be driven by the player upon entering a cheat code:

Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

The MX-5 appears in Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit as a traffic vehicle, which can be seen driving along the Hometown, Redrock Ridge, Country Woods, and Lost Canyons courses.

It can be driven by the player in the PC release by typing the cheat code "go01" when starting a race.

Need for Speed: High Stakes

The MX-5 appears in Need for Speed: High Stakes as a traffic vehicle. It can be driven by the player in the PC release by typing the cheat code "tr09" upon earning the gold trophy for all Career events.

Need for Speed (2015)

The 1996 MX-5 can be purchased for Credits9,100 in Need for Speed (2015).

0 - 60 mph 1/4 Mile Top Speed Power
Stock 07.86 seconds 16.29 seconds @ 90 mph (145 km/h) 122 mph (196 km/h) 128 hp
Fully Upgraded 02.29 seconds 09.36 seconds @ 161 mph (259 km/h) 229 mph (369 km/h) 707 hp

Need for Speed: Payback

The MX-5 (1996) appears in Need for Speed: Payback following its reveal on the official Need for Speed website[1] on October 25, 2017.


It is unlocked for purchase from the drift, off-road, and race class dealerships upon completing chapter 1 - Ignition.

NFSPB MazdaMX51996 Garage.jpg NFSPB Dealership NA Icon.pngDrift ClassOff-road ClassRace ClassNFSPB Dealership NA Icon.pngNFSPB Dealership NA Icon.png Complete chapter 1 - Ignition.
NFSPB BankYellow Icon.png 38,900
NFSPB StatIcon Speed LargeWhite.png Horsepower 128
Top Speed 122
NFSPB StatIcon Accel LargeWhite.png 0 - 60 8.70
1/4 Mile 16.67
NFSPB StatIcon Nitro LargeWhite.png N2O Capacity 4.0
N2O Power 4.0
NFSPB StatIcon Air LargeWhite.png Airtime 4.0
Landing 4.0
NFSPB StatIcon Brakes LargeWhite.png Response 4.5
Power 4.0

Need for Speed: Heat

The MX-5 '96 appears in Need for Speed: Heat following an article published[2][3] on August 19, 2019, revealing it to be part of the game's official car list, and appears in the NFS: Heat Studio app as part of container 1, which was included with the release of the app.


The stock MX-5 '96 is unlocked for purchase from the car dealer for NFSHE Icon Bank.png31,000 upon reaching Reputation Level 20NFSHE Icon Rep.png.

It has a customisation rating of eight and can be equipped with performance parts.

NFSHE Mazda MX5 96 Dealership.jpg
Unlocked at NFSHE Icon Reputation.png LVL 20
Infobox 2017White Car.png 103
NFSHE Icon Bank.png31,000
HORSEPOWER [bhp] 128
0-60 MPH [s] 8.70
MAX TORQUE [ft-lb] 112
TOP SPEED [mph] 122
NFSHE HandlingCartesianGraph.png
Customisation (Rating: 8/10)
Engine Swaps (7 Available)
128 hp 1.8L I4
17,000, 7NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 128 / 546
147 hp 2.4L I6
26,000, 15NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 147 / 674
276 hp 1.3L Wankel
66,000, 19NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 276 / 725
276 hp 3.0L V6
74,500, 19NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 276 / 799
308 hp 2.8L F6
81,500, 23NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 308 / 763
404 hp 3.0L I6
124,500, 23NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 404 / 787
444 hp 3.0L F6
141,000, 27NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 444 / 802


  • In Need for Speed II, the MX-5 can randomly appear with several different body paint colours applied to it. However, in the PC releases of Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit and Need for Speed: High Stakes, it only appears with white body paint.
  • The MX-5 model used as traffic car has alterations in some appearances:
    • In Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit, the turn signal textures were altered avoiding the original Mazda design, although its PlayStation game files are named "MIAT" after the Miata.
  • In the PC release of Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed, a Convertible largely resembling the MX-5 appears as a traffic car.
  • In Need for Speed (2015), the MX-5 has an incorrect licence plate slot from the North American Miata model.



  1. Website: (2017) Under The Hood - Need for Speed: Payback Car List. Available at:
  2. Article: (2019) Under the Hood: Need for Speed Heat Car List. Available at:
  3. Article: (2019) Need for Speed Heat Full Car List Revealed. Available at: