LIGHT­WEIGHT BIG ON FUN

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - USED CARS -

MAZDA’S new 2.0-litre MX-5 has ar­rived but you’ll be at the end of a queue to­talling about 200 buy­ers.

In deal­er­ships now, Mazda is ex­pect­ing more pow­er­ful 2.0 litre fourth-gen­er­a­tion to hit sweet spot with Aus­tralian

With two MX-5 en­gine choices on of­fer — a first for Aus­tralia — the 2.0L vari­ant of­fers 118kW of power at 6000rpm and 200Nm torque 4600rpm.

This is 23 per cent in­crease in power 33 im­prove­ment in torque com­pared to the 1.5 litre model, which went on sale early Au­gust.

The higher out­put 2.0 MX-5 also boasts im­pres­sive fuel ef­fi­ciency, with the six-speed SKYACTIV-MT man­ual trans­mis­sion sip­ping as lit­tle as 6.9L/100km, while the au­to­matic records 7.1L/100km.

Avail­able in two grades — Road­ster and high-grade Road­ster GT with ei­ther a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT man­ual or sixspeed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, the 2.0L All-New Mazda MX-5 comes

all the fea­tures avail­able on 1.5 litre mod­els but range of other stylish ad­di­tions.

Both 2.0 grades come with MZD Con­nect, LED daylight run­ning lamps and the larger 17-inch al­loy wheels as stan­dard equip­ment.

The Road­ster gets gun­metal grey wheels, while top of range GT al­loys are painted bright sil­ver.

Tip­ping the scales from a low 1033kg — weigh­ing in con­sid­er­ably less than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion NC model new MX-5 of­fers mix of bal­ance and con­trol thanks to its renowned 50:50 front-rear weight

low cen­tre of grav­ity. The re­sult is a car that han­dles beau­ti­fully fun drive.

Avail­able in six strik­ing colours, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar Soul Red and

re­cently in­tro­duced Ce­ramic Metal­lic, range comes with three in­te­rior trims, in­clud­ing black cloth for the Road­ster and a choice of black or tan leather in GT.

The new Mazda MX-5 with 2.0 litre en­gine is priced from $34,490 up to $41,550

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