The Competition Hots Up

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MINI is set to axe its slow-selling Coupe and Roadster and replace them with a more aggressive standalone sports car that will take on our much loved Mazda MX5. Mechanically, the 2015 MINI sports car will be largely similar to the new MINI hatch, running on the same front-wheel-drive platform and with similar suspension, steering and gearboxes, although all models will be tuned to deliver sharper reactions.

New 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will be offered on entry-level models. However, it’s the range-topping Cooper S and JCW versions, powered by a new 2.0-litre turbo engine, that performance fans will prefer. BMW’s new modular engine family is said to be capable of producing between 40bhp and 74bhp per cylinder for the petrol engines, and between 26bhp and 60bhp for the diesels. Expect the sports car to produce around 220bhp in JCW tune.

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The new, sleeker sports cars will share virtually no body panels with the rest of the MINI line-up. However, the 2015 MINI will retain key styling cues from the rest of the new range, including round headlights with LED rings, larger tail-lamps and muscular curves along the sides.

 Despite stiff competition from Alfa Romeo, BMW and Mazda, the new MX5 rival will have to wait until more important versions of the next MINI have been rolled out before it enters production.

MX5 Nexgen

With all this action in the small sports car market isn’t it about time that Mazda gave us a taste of what is to come in 2015? With almost a million loyal fans of the MX5, it would be great to know what to expect from the next generation of our favourite sports car.

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