Today, thanks to Cape Town Guy and Mazda SA I had the pleasure of this beautiful creatures company. Many thanks to Cape Town Guy for taking me out for a spin on his drive to Hout Bay. To be quite honest with you, I walked away with goosebumps and the hair raised on the back of my neck.
But, those are all the good kind of feelings you want after stepping out of a sports car! The kind of sports car that get people stopping on the sidewalk to gaze on at you as you whizz on by, the kind that makes you feel apart of the process, one with the engine. The feelings you get from this agile sports car are ones that you dream of as a kid growing up wanting to drive a fancy sports car.
Some people like to talk about specs and like to compare them with other cars in its class or price range. So here they are below from Mazda’s brochure found at http://www.mazda.co.za/cars/all-new-mazda-mx-5/
Mazda MX-5 2.0L Roadster Coupe STP
- Max power 118 Kw @ 6000 rpm
- Max torque 200 Nm @ 4600 rpm
- Advanced keyless entry
- Advanced keyless push-button engine start
- Airbags SRS: front (driver and passenger) and side
- Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio capability
- Cloth Soft- Top
- Climate control air-conditioning
- Cruise control
- Daytime running lamps (LED)
- Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
- Headlamps (LED)
- Headlamps auto on/off function
- Hill Launch Assist (HLA)
- i-Stop Standard
- Leather seats
- Leather-wrapped: steering wheel, handbrake handle and gearshift knob
- Limited Slip Differential
- Internet radio integration (Pandora®, Stitcher™ and Aha™)
- Multi-function Commander Control
- Black coloured mirrors
- Premium Bose® 203 watt amplifier with 9 speakers
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Rear-view mirror with auto dimming function
- 7-inch touchscreen display (MZD Connect)
- 17-inch Alloy wheels
Specs are one thing to look at, like when buying a new computer, but they aren’t everything. You need to evaluate the car in its entirety to really see the beauty behind the new Mazda MX5 Miata roadster. Mazda have used their new Skyactiv Technology, which redesigned the way we think about internal combustion engines. Their engineers found new ways to harness more energy out of the fuel by increasing compression ratios, introducing headers, like the ones used on race cars and decreased engine friction between moving parts in the rods and pistons. They also used high tensile steel to strengthen the chassis and lighten the amount of reinforcing required, putting their cars on a serious diet without compromising safety. This all makes it possible for Mazda to get incredible fuel consumption, higher torque and an overall technologically advanced vehicle.
Well, I can tell you this, whatever they did at Mazda worked like a bomb!
Their cars have taken a 360 degree turn for the better, bringing out more stylish cars than ever. The prices are pretty good too and very competitive with rivals in the same class. The Mazda MX5 retails at R441 700 incl. VAT and comes with a choice of 5 colours and some skirting and spoiler accessories as extras.
The one thing I can say about the MX5 is that it’s value for money. You’re getting a powerful, agile sports car for a fraction of the price.