Mazda unveils performance MX-5 concept

The new road-legal Mazda MX-5 GT concept is set to appear at the upcoming 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed where it will show off its new performance figures and style.

This appearance will also be used to see how the public favours the new MX-5 GT, which is based on the track version that recently took part in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Like its track-based sibling, the new MX-5 GT concept is based on the MX-5 convertible and includes a small cabin and extended front end, although new additions include a central tailpipe and an aerodynamic body kit which adds a rear spoiler and carbon fibre trim.

Other additions include sport suspension which improves handling.

Jeremy Thomson, managing director, Mazda UK, said: “The MX-5 has been our best known car for 22 years and with the GT Concept on show, we are demonstrating that this car can compete with the more expensive race and performance cars but still remain true to its roots of affordable motoring with a strong focus on the driving experience.”

The new MX-5 GT concept makes use of a 2.0-litre petrol engine matched with a six-speed manual gearbox. This petrol powertrain produces 205bhp and can sprint from 0-60mph in just three seconds, topping out at a top speed of 160mph.

Although the standard Mazda MX-5 roadster also uses a 2.0-litre engine, it produces 157bhp, meaning the GT concept is considerably more powerful.

Inside the new MX-5 concept is Recaro sports seats and carbon fibre trim on the instrument panel.

The Mazda MX-5, the world’s most popular two-seat sports car, is available from Perry’s Mazda dealerships from £20,000.