Finally, is going to hit the roads.
This the year that is going to see the entirely redesigned Mx-5 hitting the road. The nimble roadster born by the will of passionate engineers fan of the 1962 Lotus Elan in the late eighties, since the first edition issue, catalyzed the interest of those that were looking for a lightweight rear wheel driven smile generating machine.
This model (both with outstanding Wankel powered Mazda’s sport cars) ennobled the brand for nearly 25 years. The Mx-5 represented Mazda’s driving attitude showing also great reliability. It’s Editor’s opinion that this roadster draws the brand attitudes much better than the payoff “Zoom Zoom”. I’ve always wondered what it should mean: a blending between the words wroom wroom and zig-zag? We'll never know.. But this are pointless details…After having seen the spy shots first, the world presentation event, and having binge watched all available YouTube videos, we currently can’t wait to drive the brand new Mx-5 Miata.
The latest Mazda USA commercial claim is “Driving Matters” well, needless to say, we do agree.
This all new roadster, has been completely redesigned enhancing and developing the authentic characteristics of the previous versions. Both performance and driving thrills are gained through a light weighted (less than 1000 Kg) sharpened car, with 50-50 weight balance (check out this YouTube video) low barycenter and last but not least the power delivered through the rear wheels. Not a huge amount of power, we are not talking about a muscle car or something, we are talking about the remarkable driving pleasure provided by a so nimble roadster.
Jimba Ittai spirit.
Mazda’s roadster is powered by two not over dimensioned Skyactive 1.5 lt (131hp) and 2.0 (160hp) mills (available manual six speed transmission is of course the best choice). This doesn’t make the Mx-5 a snorting bull. The car maker is proud to “defy conventions” so this new car instead of bigger and heavier as normally happens in the car market, is smaller and 100Kg lighter than the model that replaces. This horses doesn’t need a tamer to bend them, they will work in symbiosis with you, in accordance with the Jimba Ittai spirit (horse and rider as one) .
Actually people choose the car for the power horses, but then drive with the torque. Well, good news, if hp are 12 less than before, the torque value is increased.
Just for the record, as daily drive my choice would be a white, sharp, 1.5 Club Edition.
Recipes with few, genuine ingredients are the best.
At the end of the day, the recipe was simple: “less is more” and Mazda built it this way, without renouncing the indispensable, expensive RWD platform proper feature of a true sport car.
Someone would be interested in car’s web connectivity features, but the connectivity that we care most here at Motor News World is the one between the driver and the road. This is how a car should be made in order to provide driving thrills. And this is how this car is built. So yes, there is some useful stuff for the Millennium generation, but most of the drivers are awaiting to drive this car, or they should to.
Future Mx-5 competitors.
Point of fact, in a shortsighted car maker’s world, Mazda's sales record settler, this tiny halo car, didn’t have many competitors until now.
Fortunately, in the next few years things could change rapidly. At least two rivals are coming, giving finally a run for its money to the Miata.
FCA group will deliver Fiat / Abarth 124 Spider model made in Hiroshima Mazda’s plant based on the same co-developed Miata’s platform, featuring of course a completely different exterior design. powered by powerful Italian made 1.4 Multiair turbocharged motors.
Moreover, according to the site Motoring another sister model, probably a three ellipses branded stylish coupé based on the same Mx-5 platform will reach the market not earlier than 2018. This car is said to be inspired by the 1965 Sports 800, reinterpreting it in a modern way. This should come as part of the recent agreement between Mazda and Toyota.
MX-5 DNA seems to be finally attractive also to other manufacturers.
We’ll see, and of course inform you. But for the moment long live the roadster.