MX-5 PUTS SUPER BACK INTO BRAND
Mazda has created brilliant piece of engineering with weight issues of sports class a thing of past
IS there another car sold today that rivals the Mazda MX-5’S legacy? The Porsche 911 is an icon and the Toyota GT86 might well become one. The Volkswagen Golf is a name most can identify with, but the MX-5 is special. It has rewritten the record books again and again for sports car sales and its recipe of light weight, driver focus and simple front engine and rear drive layout just has an inherent rightness about it that hasn’t dated.
But, as is the case with most cars, successive generations get bigger and heavier. The MX-5 hasn’t been immune to this issue, customers demanding improved safety, more equipment and better quality as each successive generation has been developed.
With this MK4 model though, Mazda has drawn a line in the sand and gone back to what made the MX-5 so great in the first place. The fourth generation car has gone back to basics and is all the better for it.
Stick with light weight and modest power outputs and this dictates a raft of affordable costs. The MX-5 has long been the exemplar of the affordable sports car and emissions are agreeably low.
As already mentioned, weight is the enemy. Excess weight in a car dulls its responses, makes it harder to turn, stop and accelerate, ensures it drinks more fuel and puts greater stresses on every moving part. The Mazda MX-5 reverses that cycle, stripping weight off which in allows it to pare more weight back with other simple lightweight componentry. It’s a brilliant piece of engineering.
It also goes to show that you can probably have more fun with 1.5 litres worth of MX-5 than you can with some supercars. No, that’s not hyperbole. Try it and you’ll see.
If you measure your cars in terms of smiles per mile, then the Mazda MX-5 has to be right near the top of your shortlist.