Mazda MX-5, the world’s most popular roadster, gets a winter makeover in time for the New Year with improved specification and three new exterior colours. With prices starting from just £15,000 on the road, the Mazda MX-5 is guaranteed to turn heads this season.
In showrooms now, the improved specification Mazda MX-5 features new design 16" alloy wheels on the Sport derivative adding to its sports car appeal. A new windblocker equipped with two speakers on 1.8i and 1.8i Sport will ensure Mazda MX-5 owners can enjoy their music as well as the thrill of open-top motoring.
Inside the cabin, a new aluminium centre console surrounds the stereo and air vent/air conditioning controls while new cloth seat material completes the improved interior look. Three new exterior colours Strato Blue, Radiant Ebony, (a dark aubergine Mica) and Titanium Grey (Titanium Grey is only available on the 1.8i Sport) continue the Mazda MX-5 tradition of turning heads.
The Mazda MX-5 is available with either 1.6i or 1.8i petrol four cylinder engines. The 1.6-litre engine provides a top output of 110ps at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 134 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The result is acceleration from 0-to-62 mph in 9.7 seconds, a top speed of 119 mph and a frugal 36.7 mpg on the combined cycle.
The 1.8i engine has a top speed of 127 mph producing 32.5 mpg on the combined cycle. It provides a top output of 146ps at 7,000 rpm and maximum torque of 168 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The result is acceleration from 0-to-62 mph in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 127 mph.
The Mazda MX-5 1.8i Sport model provides the same output and torque as the 1.8i model yet reaches 0-62 mph in 8.4 seconds with a top speed of 129 mph. The combined fuel consumption is still frugal at 31.7 mpg.
The Mazda MX-5 has sold in excess of 600,000 worldwide in the 14 years since introduction. It is the car that re-ignited interest in the affordable sports car segment, leading to many manufacturers copying the classic design and front engine, rear wheel drive layout of the Mazda MX-5.
Popular for its looks and driving dynamics the Mazda MX-5 brought fun back into motoring; no longer were motorists enclosed in a ‘tin box’, there was the freedom to throw off the roof and enjoy the sunshine. Suddenly motoring became more than just getting from A to B and owners started driving just for fun, an emotion long forgotten.
Over 55,000 Mazda MX-5s have been sold in the UK since launch, while 2002 was an all-time record year for the Mazda MX-5 in the UK with sales exceeding 7,000. The popular roadster looks set for another record this year with sales to the end of November at 8,866 compared to 6,893 during the same period last year; an increase of 28.6% per cent.
Mazda MX-5 with improved specification is on sale now priced from £15,000.Published 20 December 2003