Original is still the best
A modern classic, Mazda’s roadster remains an unfailing delight
A SHINY-scalped, middleaged bloke biffs through the traffic in a roof-down roadster. Not a good look, is it? And I should know.
Pity, because at a time when some states seem poised to levy fines and demerit points for so as much mentioning ‘‘ fun’’ in the same sentence as
‘‘ driving’’, the MX-5 remains an unadulterated dose of jollies.
If it’s become easily the world’s most popular roadster largely because of its affordability, this perennial Mazda is also a dynamic classic and an almost unique experience among new cars.
If you’ve the least drop of petrol in your veins, you must drive one at least once.
Nothing to touch it at this price. The alternatives we suggest aren’t entirely comparable except insofar as they can get their tops off.
The base soft-roof Touring, which really is all the MX-5 you need, starts at $42,460. The Roadster Coupe range with its foldaway hard-top of lightweight composite materials begins at $47,200.
Our limited edition gets nice silver paint (metallic blue or