A modest sports car, the Mazda MX-5 is still a highly addictive and fun car to drive, be seen in, and live with on a daily basis.
by SHAWN DONOVAN BRETT
*Prices correct at time of publishing – gay Pages Autumn 2020
The electronically folding targa style hardtop roof contributes to its very sleek and sexy appeal.
The rev happy 2,0-litre naturally-aspirated Skyactiv-G engine now has an increased redline set at 7500rpm (previously 6800rpm), naturally, the engine is cleaner and more efficient too.
What’s always made the MX-5 a fun car to drive is that it is lightweight and sends its power to the rear wheels via a well-balanced gearbox. Add to it a near-perfect weight distribution over the front and rear axles, and an engine that fits the car like a glove, and it is a recipe for a pure driving experience.
In terms of cabin changes, the car now features a revised TFT display and telescopic steering wheel as well as a whole host of standard safety equipment like Advanced Smart City Brake Support and a Lane Departure Warning System. Although the cabin is snug, I still find it a highly enjoyable environment to be in, the compactness of the cabin layout feels Formula One like, which is fair to its handling ability as the MX-5 has an abundance of grip, It sits firmly on the road and you can attack the next apex with confidence.
Mazda has discontinued sales of the MX-5 roadster soft-top in South Africa and now only offers the MX-5 RF automatic locally, which suits our needs just fine!