The Mazda MX-5 has been one of the world’s greatest “drivers cars” for 25 years. The simple formula of engine in the front, lightweight construction in the middle, and power to the rear has brought a smile to many faces out on the road. Nearly a million MX-5s have been produced making it the most popular sports car ever. Entering its four generation, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 is a ground-up redesign, but the question is, has the Japanese company kept that much loved recipe the same?
Representing the most radical design change in the cars history, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 further builds upon the companies Kodo “soul in motion” design language. The front end of the car is low and aggressive sporting small angled headlights and a large grill. Its rake highlights a strong shoulder line that then leads on to an intricate rear end. A highly sculpted rear profile houses round brake lights with a thin band of sidelights. Duel exhausts are clustered to one side.
This car will be powered by Mazda’s new SkyActiv engines that will be mounted longitudinally. Currently there is no world on their capacity or output, but sources have suggested that they will likely be a 1.5 litre and 2.0 litre petrol engines with 140BHP and 180BHP respectively.
The bonnet, boot and front wings of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 are made from aluminium bringing the cars weight down to close to that magic 1,000KG. This ND car has perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Dimensionally it sits 20mm lower but 10mm wider than the outgoing model.
The cockpit, just like all MX-5s, is designed to be minimalistic in order to keep the focus on driving. A new touchscreen infotainment system dominates the console of this two seat sports car.
Initially to come with a manual fabric roof, a metal automated model will likely follow, the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 goes on sale next July.