If you are thinking of going out and buying a two-seater sports car right now then there are only really a couple of choices. The Mazda MX5 or something from Toyota that to be honest I can’t be bothered to tell you about because I have already announced the winner right here, right now.
The MX-5 has been doing the rounds for over 25 years and, every time Mazda has produced an updated model, I went out and tested the new generation just to see if it would feel better, worse or just the same.
Well, I am happy to report that nothing has changed because it’s just as good as it always been, even 25 years later.
Interior & technology:
Fitted with a 1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder in-line DOHC, 16 valve engine with 131ps @ 7000rpm, 150Nm of torque and a fantastic short-shift, six- speed gearbox that is pretty much used across the board by sports car manufacturers because it’s basically one of the best you can buy if you are looking at building a fast two-seater.
You might also be lured into thinking that installing a 1.5-litre engine in two-seater sports cars would be a very weak combination, but you would be wrong because as the MX-5 only weighs 1215kg this makes it as nimble as a field mouse and as frisky as a French poodle. Also, give it some beans and you will get a healthy 0-62 time of about 8.3 seconds and an impressive 47.1mpg (combined), along with a top speed of around127mph.
On the road:
Nimble, frisky and downright sublime – and that’s just to get you started. The handling is also just as superb thanks to the Mazda engineers getting everything right and getting all those all important components working together in perfect harmony.
Design & technology
The design of the MX-5 has stood the test of time really well and, even with this new generation, you can tell it’s still an MX-5, despite the new lighting changes and the body-boosting upgrades.
Sitting inside any two-seater sports car is tight, but for some reason the MX-5 feels bigger. Headroom and legroom are also good and I was really surprised that none of my internal organs needed to be squashed into place before I could sit inside.