The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect.
– Jeremy Clarkson, 2009
The original Mazda MX 5 is a classic model, known for it’s pop up headlights. It was the first of the series, and although heavier and less efficient than later models is still a phenomenal vehicle.
Being a Mazda, this vintage series automobile is still sporty, sexy and stylish; not to mention reliable. You can still find these gorgeous retro roadsters at good prices on the second hand market.
The second generation Mazda Mx 5 featured a slight increase in horsepower. Cosmetically the car switched it up with fixed headlights and a rear glass window.
This glass window replaced zip off plastic ‘windows’ that were lighter but less efficient. Versions include the 10th anniversary model of the Mazda MX 5, which features six-speed transmission and Bilstein shock absorbers.
The elegant third generation Mazda MX5 was poised and polished, having knocked off the corners of it’s youth and developed an appealing maturity. The vehicle featured a powerful 2.0 L (120 cu in) engine.
The 2005 debut won Japan’s ‘Car of the Year’ award, and later in 2008, an exciting new look was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show & Science Museum in London. It was followed by a superlight model, then the MX-5 Roadster Coupe, a sturdier hardtop with enviable handling.
The latest, fourth generation Mazda MX 5 is a sleeker, lighter, faster automobile, 100kg lighter than it’s previous iteration. The car is still more than impressive, featuring a newfound edge which harmonises beautifully with the strength and integrity of this fast mover.
This more agile motor is designed to handle tight corners perfectly, with a low centre of gravity (which is 45mm shorter and 5mm lower than the original Mk1). All in all, a contemporary classic, with a refreshing spring in its step.
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