Having made its UK debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Mazda MX-5 Convertible is available in the UK from £18,995 (OTR). With a superior power to weight ratio, rear-wheel drive, perfect 50:50 weight distribution and more comfort and technology than ever before, the 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 five models across three trim levels, the Mazda MX-5 Convertible reaffirms Mazda’s dominance of the affordable sports car sector. Maintaining the driver-focused ethos that has made the Mazda MX-5 the world’s bestselling 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 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 to ensure that the 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 MX-5’s ultra-efficient lightweight petrol engines deliver new levels of performance and economy. Across the range the Mazda MX-5 features alloy wheels, LED headlights, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, plus a lightweight and sleek fabric hood. SE-L Nav 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 Nav 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 brace and limited slip differential.
Step up to Sport Nav trim and both the 1.5 and 2.0-litre cars feature rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, smart keyless entry, Premium Bose® sound system and heated leather seats.
With the 1.5-litre 131ps engine, Sport Nav trim MX-5’s come with 16-inch Gunmetal alloy wheels and Piano Black door mirrors. Sport Nav 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 brace, while visually, they are marked out by their 17-inch Bright alloy wheels and body coloured door mirrors.
Versions of the 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 160ps Sport Nav is available with the optional £400 Safety Pack, which includes High Beam Control and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Jeremy Thomson, Mazda Motors UK Managing Director “Our engineers have created a 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. 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 and it’s an interesting fact that 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 Mazda MX-5 costs from £18,795, 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 MX-5 is ready to cement its place in the hearts of driving enthusiasts.
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