Madza MX-5 is one of the most appreciated cars worldwide and its latest generation has just entered production. So, to make some noise around it, the company has released details around its specifications and UK-bounded pricing. In addition, the car is also scheduled to make debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The first thing that we have to mention about this Mazda, is that it has exceptional power to weight ratio. It is fitted with rear-wheel drive and has the ideal 50:50 weight distribution. Not to mention all the technology featured.
The model line comes powered by five trim levels and two engines from the SKYACTIV-G petrol line. In addition, the new generation MX-5 is probably the most lightweight version since the first model ever popped out.
In comparison to the last gen, this car is also shorter, lower and wider and has the lowest center of gravity and the tiniest overhangs. This is part of Mazda's KODO: Soul of Motion design and of course contributes for better aerodynamics.
When it comes to Mazda MX-5, everybody is looking under the hood. This time, the engineers have placed one of two SKYACTIV technology-infused engines. They are efficient and powerful, and undoubtedly complement the sporty character off the car.
For instance, the SE-L specified models will come powered by a 2.0-litre engine, which produces no less than 160 hp (118 kW). The same model is also distinguished by 17-inch Gunmetal alloys, piano black mirrors for the doors, strut tower bar and limited slip differential.
On the other hand, the Step up to Sport trims will be equipped with either the 1.5 or the 2.0-litre units. Special about them is the rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, smart keyless entry which will allow access to the premium interior with heated leather seats and Bose Surround-Sound system.
When equipped with the smaller unit, the Sport trim will be running on 16-inch Gunmetal alloys and will also have piano black door mirrors. If the same trim gets the other engine choice, then it will benefit from Sports suspension with Bilstein dampers, a limited slip differential and strut tower bar. The wheels are in the dimension of 17-inches and the door mirrors this time are in body color.
Despite the trim level, each MX-5 will be getting alloys, LEDs, steering wheel wrapped in leather, and a fabric hood. Other goodies include integrated navigation system and the optional Safety Pack. The latter will add High Beam Control and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
2016 Mazda MX-5 will be debuting at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the end of June. It will then be distributed around showrooms in UK and Europe. The starting price is £18,495.
Making its UK debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed and Moving Motor Show, this year's most anticipated sports car will be available in the UK from £18,495. With a superior power to weight ratio, rear-wheel drive, perfect 50:50 weight distribution and more comfort and technology than ever before, the all-new Mazda MX-5 is pure roadster. Offered with a choice of two SKYACTIV-G petrol engines it comes with generous standard equipment and new levels of safety technology.
With a choice of nine models across five trim levels, the all-new Mazda MX-5 promises to reaffirm Mazda's dominance of the affordable sports car sector. Maintaining the driver-focused ethos that has made the Mazda MX-5 the best-selling two-seater sports car of all time, the latest MX-5 was conceived and developed under the concept of "innovate in order to preserve". This engineering philosophy has allowed Mazda to maintain the agility, fun and engagement that has always defined the MX-5 while at the same time meeting ever-increasing safety and efficiency requirements, alongside improved refinement.
The lightest MX-5 since the iconic original, the all-new Mazda MX-5 is shorter, lower and wider than the outgoing car, with the smallest overhangs and lowest centre of gravity yet. These dynamic proportions combined with Mazda's KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy ensure that the all-new Mazda MX-5's styling reflects its focus on driving pleasure in an unmistakably contemporary and dynamic way.
Featuring Mazda's award-winning SKYACTIV technology, the all-new MX-5's ultra-efficient lightweight petrol engines deliver new levels of performance and economy. Across the range the all-new Mazda MX-5 features alloy wheels, LED headlights, a leather steering wheel, plus a lightweight and sleek fabric hood. SE-L models add LED daytime running lights, climate control air-conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth®and cruise control, plus Mazda's MZD-Connect connectivity and infotainment system with 7-inch Colour touch-screen display and Multimedia Commander.
SE-L models with the 2.0-litre 160ps engine are distinguished by 17-inch Gunmetal alloy wheels and piano black door mirrors, and benefit from a strut tower bar and limited slip differential.
Step up to Sport trim and both the 1.5 and 2.0-litre cars feature rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, smart keyless entry, Premium Bose®Surround-Sound and heated leather seats.
With the 1.5-litre engine, Sport trim MX-5's come with 16-inch Gunmetal alloy wheels and piano black door mirrors. Sport models with the 2.0-litre 160ps engine benefit from a dynamic set-up that includes Sports suspension featuring Bilstein dampers, a limited slip differential and strut tower bar, while visually, they are marked out by their 17-inch Bright alloy wheels and body coloured mirrors.
Versions of the all-new Mazda MX-5 fitted with Mazda's integrated navigation system come with three-years of free European map upgrades, while the range topping 2.0-litre Sport Nav is available with the optional £350 Safety Pack, which includes High Beam Control and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Ahead of its arrival in UK showrooms later this summer, the all-new Mazda MX-5 will take centre stage at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Customers pre-ordering an MX-5 at Mazda.co.uk will be entered into a draw to win the opportunity to test drive the all-new MX-5 on the Goodwood Race Circuit and attend the Festival of Speed with a guest on Sunday 28th June. Fifty winners will get the chance to drive on the circuit, while they and a guest can enjoy the Festival of Speed from Mazda's VIP trackside enclosure*.
Jeremy Thomson, Mazda Motors UK Managing Director "The MX-5 is Mazda's brand icon and it embodies all that is great about our products. Its fun to drive character has strengthened the bond between Mazda and its customers for 25 years so there's no better place to showcase the all-new MX-5 than in front the enthusiastic crowd at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
We're delighted to give early ordering customers the opportunity to win a drive in the all-new MX-5 on the famous Goodwood Racing Circuit, while fans attending the Moving Motor Show will get to see our new sports car make its UK public debut. Our engineers have created an all-new sports car that incorporates our ground-breaking SKYACTIV technology, modern safety and superb efficiency with the driver focused enjoyment for which the MX-5 is loved. When it was launched in 1990 the 115ps Mk1 MX-5 cost £14,249 (equal to £31,687 in today's money), yet 25 years later with vastly more standard equipment, the all-new Mazda MX-5 costs from £18,495, meaning more than ever the Mazda MX-5 sets the benchmark as the one of the world's best and most affordable sports cars. "
With its lightweight design, sleek cabin, beautifully engineered mechanicals and balanced handling the all-new MX-5 is ready to cement its place in the hearts of driving enthusiasts.