Mazda MX-5 is about to kick off 2016
The incredibly awesome Mazda MX-5 is about to kick off 2016 with its fourth generation and we’re super excited. To celebrate, we’ve decided to take a look back at the vehicles and how much it has changed over the years.
Mazda MX-5 history
Introduced in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 is a two-seater roadster that was inspired by British roadsters of the past. Mazda initially came up with the idea in the mid-1970’s, however work on the vehicle didn’t commence until the early 1980’s.
Following a decade of research and experimentation, in 1989 it was announced that the car was ready to enter production and its name was revealed to be MX-5, which stands for Mazda Experiment, project number 5.
The first generation Mazda MX-5 came with a 1.6-litre dual overhead cam inline four-cylinder engine capable of producing 86 kW (115 bhp) at 6,500 rpm and 136 Nm (100 lbf ft) of torque at 5,500 rpm. It had a top speed of 126 mph (203 km/h).
Design-wise, the vehicle had an all-steel, light-weight aluminium hood and without any options weighted only 980 kg.
It definitely had a classic feel to it, which could be seen especially in the styling.
Around 400,000 units of the first generation Mazda MX-5 were produced in total, making the model a success. It remained in production until 1997 before it was replaced with the second generation.
In 1997, the second generation of the Mazda MX-5 was introduced. It made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, after which it entered production later that year.
The vehicle received a makeover with many elements that made the first generation unique, disappearing from the car.
The retractable headlamps were replaced with more standard headlamps and the car was modernised.
Although the car still included the very same 1.8-litre (110 cu in) engine, however several improvements were made to it, making it more powerful.
It remained in production until 2005, when it was replaced with the third generation.
Following the disappointing sale of the second generation MX-5, the third generation received a new look that took the car back to its roots. The new vehicle resembled the original MX-5 quite a lot, which customers were rather happy about.
A new 16-valve 2.0-litre engine was introduced with the third generation, which further improved the overall quality of the car.
Several special editions of the third generation MazdaMX-5 were released throughout the car’s production run, making it a lot more successful than its predecessor.
Following an appearance at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the fourth generation MX-5 entered production in 2016.
It’s slightly lighter than the third generation and its styling is much more aggressive, sporty and bold.
If you’re a fan of vehicles that are fun to drive and not too pricey, the Mazda MX-5 will definitely meet your needs. The fourth generation gave the vehicle a well-deserved makeover, which brought it back to its roots and gave it a little more character. Although the car has changed greatly throughout the years, it has always remained fun and exciting, which definitely shows in the latest generation.
How do you feel about the Mazda MX-5 ? Are you a fan?
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- Published On : 2 years ago on February 23, 2016
- Author By : James
- Last Updated : June 2, 2017 @ 3:14 pm
- In The Categories Of : News
- Tagged With : Mazda, mx-5