Key mechanical changes included the use of Sequential Valve Timing for the 1.8-litre DOHC engine, plus improved chassis and body performance, for more satisfying driving pleasure and safety. The new 1.8-litre engine provides a top output of 107kW (146 bhp) at 7,000 rpm and maximum torque of 168Nm at 5,000 rpm. The result is acceleration from 0-to-62 mph in just 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 129 mph for the six-speed 1.8i Sport.
The interior of the Mazda MX-5 received significant attention, including the adoption of new high-back bucket seats for increased body support. There was also a new centre console, while the speedometer and tachometer boasted white faces with amber illumination and chrome-plated rims. The 1.8i Sport has a black leather interior, including sports seats with built-in cushion warming, plus leather gearshift knob and Nardi steering wheel. Detail improvements have also been made to convenience features such as the cup holders and centre console box.
The Mazda MX-5 features the company’s new modular audio system with radio and cassette player for all but the range-topping 1.8i Sport, which has a radio and single CD player. A variety of upgrade kits can be added or exchanged, allowing customers greater freedom of audio choice.
All Mazda MX-5s now feature power door locks, electric windows, ABS, security alarm, an engine immobiliser, electric and heated door mirrors, an electric aerial, a ‘low-fuel’ warning light and ISOFIX anchorage points in the front passenger seat to accept a child safety seat.
The flagship model, the 1.8i Sport, also has remote central locking with boot release, a chrome fuel filler cap, more attractive cloth soft top, Bilstein dampers and a limited-slip differential as standard.
Prices for the three-strong line up of Mazda MX-5 cars in the UK range from £14,995 for the 1.6i and rise to £17,995 for the 1.8i Sport.
Mazda MX-5 1.8i Sport / Technical Specification
|Maximum output||146 bhp at 7,000 rpm|
|Maximum torque||168 Nm at 5,000 rpm|
|Manual gearbox||6 speed|
|Acceleration||8.4 sec (0 to 62 mph)|
|Top Speed (mph)||129|