Local loudmouths and internet car-forum keyboard warriors rejoice. Mazda’s fourth-generation MX-5 is here for you to recommend anytime someone asks what two-seater roadster they should buy; but without owning one yourself, of course. But in all seriousness, has Mazda remained true to the MX-5 vision on its 25th anniversary?
Mazda has sold over 900,000 examples of the MX-5 (or Miata / Roadster, depending on where you are) globally since the car’s introduction in 1989. Whilst North America accounts for almost half of that figure alone, Europe has taken around a third of the pocket-sized sports car over that period too. Whilst it’s easy to poke fun at the MX-5 for being the car that always gets suggested, there is clearly a reason for the significant recognition that’s backed up by the sales figures.
Lighter, leaner and sharper are probably the three best ways to describe the fourth-generation car. Something of a novelty in the modern automotive industry; not only is the new MX-5 more than 100 kg lighter than the outgoing version, it’s also shorter and lower. In fact it’s over 100 mm shorter, which is quite a chunk of metal for a car that’s hardly huge in the first place. Mazda, however, has recent form for weight-saving. The current (but soon to be replaced Mazda2) shaved a similar 100 kg from the weight of its predecessor. (more…)