An icon returns: new Mazda MX-5 rolls into SA

001-off-my-wheelsBrian Joss –

The all new Mazda MX-5 takes up the torch for the best-selling roadster in history. Now in its fourth generation, it  delivers a perfect balance of Mazda’s patented Jinba Ittai driving fun with comfort and convenience, all in an aggressively charming design.

The fourth generation MX-5 is the most fuel-efficient to date, underpinning Mazda’s fundamental lightweight sports car principles with the addition of SKYACTIV Technology. Especially tuned engines and transmission adapted for the front-mid engine, rear-wheel drive layout, ideal 50:50 front-rear weight distribution with shorter overhangs, a low yaw inertia moment and the lowest centre of gravity yet as well as the redesigned chassis improve the MX-5’s already legendary agility, Mazda said.

The new Mazda MX-5: “best selling roadster in history”. Picture: Quickpic
The new Mazda MX-5: “best selling roadster in history”. Picture: Quickpic

“Over the past quarter century, the demands for greater environmental friendliness and safety have grown increasingly more stringent. Each successive model of the past three generations has seen slight increases in body size and weight in response to these demands. In developing the fourth-generation MX-5, Mazda returned to the original aims of the first generation that had restored the culture of the lightweight sports car and then took on the challenge of embodying the fundamental pleasure of driving an open-top lightweight sports car in a product suited to today’s needs. The result is the most compact body size of any MX-5 generation. We are excited to launch this vehicle in Southern Africa”, said David Hughes – managing director of Mazda Southern Africa.

The all new Mazda MX-5 is designed and built to the highest standard of performance and reliability. This standard is backed up by a 3-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty. To provide complete peace of mind motoring, a 3-year roadside assistance, a 3-year service plan and a 5-year Corrosion Warranty are also included.

The 2-litre Roadster Coupe has a 6-speed manual transmission.  Figures are: Max power 118 Kw @6000 rpm with maximum torque of 200 N.m at 4 600rpm.  Other features include keyless entry, cloth soft top,  premium Bose® 203 watt amplifier with 9 speakers, leather seats and cruise control.

It has a price tag of R 389 800.

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