Mazda debuts new MX-5

The newest version of Mazda’s iconic MX-5 has been globally revealed this morning.

Three simultaneous events in Spain, Japan and the US were held, where exclusive audiences were able to catch the first glance at the new roadster.

Fourth Generation MX-5

According to Mazda, the new fourth-gen model is 100kg lighter than its predecessor, and also has a lower centre of gravity to enhance responsiveness and agility.

The carmaker also says that the revisions to the new MX-5 bring it closer in line with the original model, which more or less singlehandedly reinvigorated the lagging two-seater roadster market in the late 1980s.

As well as that, the newest MX-5 also features Mazda’s popular SKYACTIV technology, including a range of specially-tuned SKYACTIV-G petrol engines.

While specific details or performance figures haven’t yet been released, Mazda has said that these engines will be linked to the first ever rear-wheel drive version of the SKYACTIV chassis.

President and CEO for Mazda Europe, Jeff Guyton, said: “Mazda’s current win streak is driven by our highly acclaimed new models, and the all-new MX-5 should only add fuel to the growth engine.

“Built for the love of driving, this car underscores what Mazda is all about. It will certainly give our brand an added boost.”

25th Anniversary MX-5

The new Mazda MX-5 has been slated to go on sale next year, but if you can’t wait that long Mazda also released the 25th Anniversary MX-5 in June.

Having went on sale at the start of last month, the 25th Anniversary comes finished in a unique Soul Red Metallic paintwork, with chrome exhaust detailing and 17-inch alloys.

Only 1,000 models will be built, with 750 released in the UK. Unique to the British version will be a 6.1-inch touchscreen specially engineered by Alpine.

The system features maps of 46 different European countries and also includes an integrated radio, CD and DVD player with a 50:50 split screen to allow simultaneous viewing of two input sources.

It also includes heated leather upholstery and a hand-painted dashboard decoration panel, plus alloy pedals and stainless steel scuff plates.

It’s powered by a 2.0-litre 157bhp engine coupled with a six-speed short-throw manual gearbox. Top speed for the special MX-5 clocks in at 136mph, and it can do the 0-62mph sprint in under eight seconds.

To date, Mazda’s MX-5 is the best-selling two seater sports car in the world and even has a Guinness World Record to prove it.

By 2011, the total amount of MX-5 models produced passed 900,000 and it’s expected that that number will pass one million by next year.

Pricing details for the new production MX-5 hasn’t been released yet, but it’s expected that more information will be available closer to its sale date.