2015 Mazda MX-5 – Prices, pictures, engines along with also brand-new Sport Recaro edition
The Mazda MX-5 Sport Recaro edition can be the 0 unit limited-run flagship of the MX-5 range
The latest Mazda roadster can be lighter, faster, sharper looking along with also promises a return to the “fun to drive” characteristics of the 25-year-old original car
Mazda has revealed a range-topping MX-5 Sport Recaro limited edition, which has a production run of just 0 units.
Priced at £24,295, the Mazda MX-5 Sport Recaro edition sits atop the MX-5 range, carrying a £1000 premium over the Sport Nav style on which which can be based.
The Sport Recaro MX-5 can be so called because of its Recaro seats, along with also offers 17in alloys, black aerodynamic bodywork along with also spoiler; all unique to the special edition. A numbered badge on the Internal also signifies the limited-run MX-5. Further Internal upgrades include alloy pedals along with also edition-specific floor mats.
The Mazda MX-5 costs via £18,495, which has a limited edition Sport Recaro spec topping the range at £24,295.
Mazda’s fourth-generation roadster made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed which summer. which can be brand-new via the ground up along with also enters the market which has a brand brand-new rear-wheel drive chassis along with also two brand-new petrol engines, all built using the company’s SkyActiv technology.
Mazda MX-5 program manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto said the brand-new car had to conform to 5 crucial rules which currently characterise the MX-5 – rear drive which has a front-mid engine design, 50/50 weight distribution, minimal “yaw inertia” (how quickly which modifications direction), a low kerb weight along with also affordability.
There are 5 trim levels for the smaller-engined 1.5-litre style, along with also 5 for the 2.0-litre, including the limited-run Sport Recaro edition.
All products get six-speed manual gearboxes, air-conditioning, LED headlights along with also alloy wheels. Stepping up to SE-L gets daytime running lights, climate control, cruise control, DAB radio, Bluetooth along with also a touch-screen infotainment system. Sport products get automatic lights, heated leather seats, keyless entry along with also a upgraded sound system. As the names suggest, SE-L NAV along with also Sport NAV products get satellite navigation for a £500 premium.
The 2.0-litre engine can be only available on the SE-L along with also above. Opting for which adds a limited-slip differential, larger 17in wheels a strut-tower brace. Sport products also get upgraded Bilstein dampers.
additional options include a choice of seven colours, a tan leather option along with also blind spot monitoring on on Sport Nav products.
1.5i SE £18495
1.5i SE-L £19245
1.5i SE-L Nav £19845
1.5i Sport £18050
1.5i Sport Nav £18550
2.0i SE-L £20095
2.0i SE-L Nav £20695
2.0i Sport £22695
2.0i Sport Nav £23295
2.0i Sport Recaro £24295
Yamamoto, who developed the original MX-5 along with also has worked on all the generations of the vehicle, said he went back to the first car for inspiration.
which latest type reverses the trend of generational modifications of MX-5s by being lighter along with also smaller than the vehicle which replaces. The base style weighs just a shade over one tonne, at 1050kg.
As well as using SkyActiv design to cut weight via the Mazda’s chassis, the bonnet, boot along with also front wings are currently made via aluminium – along with also a lighter material has also been used inside the soft-top hood construction.
Additionally, most of the front suspension can be aluminium, as can be the gearbox casing, the differential casing along with also the pierced structural bracing which runs down the vehicle’s centre. Many of the components, such as the front upper suspension wishbone, have also been reduced in size.
Weight saving extends as far as reducing the wheel bolts via 5 to four, possible because the lighter car can use lighter wheels requiring fewer fixings. In turn, which means the brakes can also be smaller, further reducing mass.
The brand-new car can be also 105mm shorter in overall length than the outgoing type although its wheelbase has only shrunk by 15mm. which can be also 20mm lower, yet 10mm wider.
The first style to be shown featured a direct-injection SkyActiv 1.5-litre petrol engine which, like the additional petrol units in Mazda’s SkyActiv range, features a high compression ratio. The engine can be longitudinally mounted inside the nose of the vehicle. the vehicle featured a six-speed manual gearbox, yet a six-speed automatic transmissions will be offered as an option in some markets.
There’s a 2.0-litre engine for some regions, including the UK. Both powerplants are reworked versions of engines already powering the company’s hatchbacks along with also offer 129bhp along with also 158bhp respectively.
which represents a tiny power advantage over the previous generation – our source admitted which the “US market wouldn’t accept less power” – yet with the weight savings, superior power-to-weight ratios, extra performance along with also considerable fuel economy along with also CO2 advantages have been brought to the MX-5.
Mazda can be already being bullish about the credentials of the brand-new rear-drive chassis which, as before, has double-wishbone front suspension along with also a multi-link rear end.
Company boss Masamichi Kogai has already talked about the brand-new car recapturing the agility along with also fun of the first generation style. “The original concept behind the MX-5 was so simple; to offer the pure joy of a lightweight sports car which moves precisely as the driver intends,” he said.
To assist which the engine currently sits lower along with also further back than previously, lowering the centre of gravity along with also, according to product development boss Nobuhiro Yamamoto, the MX-5 currently includes a perfect 50:50 weight balance.
The design work was mainly carried out at the company’s Japanese headquarters under the direction of Ikuo Maeda. Like the company’s recent saloons along with also hatchbacks which’s referred to as being part of the ‘Kodo’ design philosophy – yet which’s a more simple, sculptured look than we’ve come to expect via modern Mazdas. which’s more sharp-edged than with previous MX-5s too.
Inside, there are plenty of MX-5 hallmarks. which’s still a snug two-seater along with also which’s still possible to lower the manually operated soft-top hood with one hand. You still sit low inside the vehicle yet the view out can be claimed to be superior as the bonnet has been lowered along with also the A-pillars along with also windscreen header rail have been made thinner.
Like previous incarnations, the cabin looks cluttered along with also all the controls are simple. The centre of the dash top can be currently dominated by an infotainment screen, derived via the Mazda 3 hatch. Like additional Mazdas which’s also controlled by a rotary knob, nestling next to the conventional handbrake.
There’s also a tangible uplift in cabin quality compared to previous incarnations, with far more soft-touch surfaces along with also more stowage space. More attention has also been paid to keep passengers via being buffeted whilst driving with the hood down. Mk1 MX-5 fans will also no doubt recognise the headrest-mounted speakers, intended to help maintain music volume with the roof down.
Centeng-coloured inserts on the door tops are, said Yamamoto, designed to bring the outside into the vehicle’s cabin along with also break down the “border” between outside along with also inside which the doors would certainly normally form.
A folding metal-roofed coupé will join the line-up later, as which style currently accounts for 80 per cent of UK sales along with also can be favorite among many European along with also Japanese market buyers. The second generation folding hard-top can be said to be lighter along with also packaged more efficiently, delivering slightly much better boot volume.
To achieve economies of scale, the MX-5 can be being developed built alongside the Fiat 124 Spider.
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