Mazda has cre­ated bril­liant piece of en­gi­neer­ing with weight is­sues of sports class a thing of past

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page - JONATHAN CROUCH


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.

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