The Mazda MX-5 (NA) (Miata in North America and Eunos Roadster in Japan) is a roadster built between 1989 and 1997 by Mazda.

The NA is the first generation model of the MX-5 and 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 an AI-controlled traffic vehicle that can be seen along Pacific Spirit and Mediterraneo.

It can be driven by the player upon entering a cheat code;

  • mazme in the PlayStation release
  • miata in the PC release
  • go28 or go36 in the Special Edition

Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

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

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

Need for Speed: High Stakes

The MX-5 appears in Need for Speed: High Stakes as a traffic vehicle that cannot be driven by the player.

Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed

The MX-5 appears in Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed as a traffic vehicle.

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 appears in Need for Speed: Heat following an article, revealing it to be part of the game's official car list, was published[2][3] on August 19, 2019, 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 can be unlocked in Need for Speed: Heat upon reaching reputation level 20.


  • 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.
  • 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:

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