MAZDA MX-5 NB

NZ Performance Car - - Doing It For The Bro -

YEARS: 1998–2005 WHEEL­BASE: 2270mm WEIGHT: 1065kg CON­FIG­U­RA­TION: Front-en­gined, rear-wheel drive EN­GINE OP­TIONS: BP 1839cc POWER: 96–133kW A re­designed MX-5, the ‘NB’, was re­leased in 1998 for the 1999 model year. It’s rec­og­niz­able by the ad­di­tion of fixed head­lights, as the first gen­er­a­tion’s pop-ups no longer passed pedes­trian safety tests. Other ex­te­rior styling cues were bor­rowed from Mazda’s FD RX-7 plat­form, with the width in­creas­ing to 1680mm and the length de­creas­ing to 3940mm, mak­ing it slightly more aero­dy­namic than the first model, with a drag co­ef­fi­cient of 0.36.

It car­ried over the BP en­gine model, with power bumped up over sev­eral mi­nor up­dates. The first of these saw 104kW with a re­con­fig­ured, higher com­pres­sion ver­sion, and in­creases reached as high as 133kW with the ad­di­tion of a fac­tory turbo op­tion. All op­tions saw the in­take cam changed to a solid-lifter de­sign with a stronger cam, and Mazda’s Vari­able In­take Con­trol Sys­tem (VICS) was in­tro­duced.

The NB con­tin­ued to make use of the four-wheel in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion with big­ger sway bars front and rear, while the brakes were up­graded to an anti-lock sys­tem.

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