The MX5 Powershift

The automatic transmission model of the new 2016 MX5 has not yet been brought to the UK although it has been released in America. The Powershift version of the MK 3.5 was produced from 2009 in soft top form but was discontinued eighteen months later, and then became  available only as a coupe. This is the review of the 2009 car, I have one and it is superb!

The optional 6 speed Powershift transmission fitted to the MX5 is incredibly flexible, it is very much like a touring car sequential gearbox and switching between manual and automatic modes is simplicity itself. The changes are fast and enable you to get the most out of the car in all circumstances.

There is no doubt that the motoring world would be a much duller place without the MX5, says Robin Roberts in “Motors North East”. And now steady development by Mazda’s enthusiastic team of engineers has created what I believe to be the best example so far, the MX5 2.0 Powershift. The advanced sequential box uses technology which comes from sports car racing and is employed on high performance cars of all types. In the Mazda MX5 it brings additional sophistication and refinement to what is already a very well sorted and highly desirable model.

The 2.0-litre engine is extremely good, starting immediately, pulling strongly, smoothly and quietly and providing a lot of punch for the six-speed automatic transmission to maximise. Gearchanges are very smooth irrespective of how hard it is pushed and I found little advantage in manually changing gear over letting the system sort things out for itself.

The MX5 brakes are up to all expectations with good feel, excellent assistance and loads of stopping power. The car also steers well at speed and has a nimbleness around town which instantly wins praise. The ride is slightly firm, but surprisingly comfortable too. Handling is very surefooted and predictable and there are no real vices. It will tend to run wide on tight turns but this is a good safety feature and simply easing off will result in the line gently tightening.

As a strict two seater the MX5 is quite roomy. The heated Recaro seats are not particularly large but they are extremely comfortable, if a little lacking in under-thigh support. Adjustment range is good and visibility all round is generally clear, thanks to the low waistline, big windows, very bright headlights and effective wash & wipe system.

In November 2011 the Powershift soft top model was withdrawn and it is now available only with the quick folding steel lid, which gives the car greater practicality and additional security.

Oddments room in the cabin demands you travel light and the boot space is quite small, but you can carry additional items on the optional beautifully made Mazda luggage rack if you wish .

The sophistication of the Mazda MX5 means it is sometimes hard to appreciate just how quickly it can go. It is an excellent car for fast commuting or longer journeys and eats up the miles on the motorway. All noise levels are low and the latest twin exhaust makes a pleasant, throaty sound.

The MX5 2.0 Powershift is, for me, the pinnacle of performance in this model, bringing enormous mechanical refinement to what is a dynamically pleasing chassis and a powerful and responsive engine. At the price there is no other car on the market which gives the driver so much pleasure.


Mazda MX5 Roadster 2.0i Powershift Sport

Mechanical: 160ps, 1,999cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving rear wheels via 6-speed automatic gearbox

Max speed: 121mph

0-62mph: 8.6 seconds.

Combined mpg: 36

Insurance group: 13

CO2 emissions: 188g/km

Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles

Click on the AA Logo to read their excellent review of the Powershift.

More on the New MX5!

Better Cockpit

A journalist from the outstanding U.S. Autoblog was lucky enough to attend the launch of the new ND MX5 and has produced an interesting review of the car together with loads of photos. Just click on the logo:


Here it is!

2016 MX5

Mazda revealed the all-new Mazda MX5 this morning to an exclusive audience in Barcelona and simultaneously around the world at two similar events in Japan and the U.S. The fourth-generation model, which features a distinctive adaptation of the KODO – Soul of Motion design, received a very warm reception from around 250 media in attendance. It will go on sale in Europe in 2015.

The all-new MX5 comes with SKYACTIV Technology, including specially tuned SKYACTIV-G petrol engines and the first rear-wheel drive version of the SKYACTIV-Chassis. Weighing 100kg less than the outgoing model and with the lowest-ever centre of gravity, the new edition of Mazda’s iconic roadster enhances the Jinba Ittai “rider-and-horse-as one” responsiveness and agility that has always made the MX5 the essence of driving fun.

Watch the live reveal in Monteray:

4th Generation MX5 Unveiling!

Autocar New

Artist’s Impression by Autocar

After 25 years and three generations, Mazda is opening a new chapter on its legendary MX5 roadster. The unconventional car maker will reveal the long awaited fourth generation model to an exclusive European audience at two special events being held in Spain in early September.

The initial unveiling will take place on 3-4 September in Barcelona, simultaneously with similar events in Japan and the U.S. Mazda’s guests around the world will be the first to lay eyes on the all-new MX5, which holds the Guinness World Record as the bestselling two-seater sports car of all time. On 6 September, MX5 enthusiasts from across Europe will converge on Barcelona to view the coming generation of the iconic sports car. Under the “Long live the Roadster” banner, both occasions will also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the MX5.

Almost 945,000 MX5s have been produced since 1989. The winning principle underpinning the car that revived the virtually extinct market for roadsters has always been pure driving fun based on a lightweight design and perfect front-rear weight balance.

“The MX5 is the product that best epitomises Mazda’s convention-defying spirit and our love of driving,” says Mazda Motor Europe President and CEO Jeff Guyton. “It has been grabbing people’s attention for 25 years, and with the new-generation model we’re aiming to share this passion with yet another generation of drivers.”

25th Anniversary Model Release Date

25th Anniversary Release

Mazda UK is delighted to announce the launch of the MX5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre 25th Anniversary Limited Edition, which goes on sale throughout the UK from 1 August. Just 1,000 individually numbered examples of the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition will be built. It is a testament to Britain’s enduring love affair with open-topped motoring that 750 of them will be made available to UK customers with number one being unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on 26-29th June.

“To date, three generations of Mazda MX5 have witnessed the release of over 43 Special Edition models in the UK since 1990,” said Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK. “None, however, could be more significant to us than this 25th Anniversary Limited Edition, which marks such an important milestone for a car that single-handedly reintroduced the world to the pleasures of exhilarating and affordable open-topped motoring.”

With a comprehensive equipment specification based on the Mazda MX5 Roadster Coupe 2.0 litre Sport Tech Nav, the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition boasts a wealth of additional exterior and interior features unavailable on any other Mazda MX-5. A model-unique, Soul Red Metallic paint finish is complemented by Brilliant Black door mirrors, A pillars and power-operated retractable hardtop roof. 17-inch Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels, a rear diffuser and chrome exhaust trim complete the bespoke exterior, with each example benefiting from unique, Limited Edition numbered external badging.

Anniversary Front

On board, the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Mazda MX5 may be instantly identified by heated, Light Stone leather trimmed upholstery which incorporates contrasting red stitching to the seats, steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake lever, and 25th Anniversary logo-embossed headrests. This unique interior design is completed by a bespoke, hand-painted Dark Red dashboard decoration panel, Brilliant Black roll-over bar covers, alloy pedal set and 25th Anniversary stainless steel scuff plates.

Specific to the UK 25th Anniversary Limited Edition MX5 is a 6.1-inch touch screen Mazda Navigation System. Exclusively engineered for Mazda by Alpine, the fully integrated, high resolution system features 46 European country maps, 29 different languages, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, an integrated CD, radio and DVD player with a 50:50 split screen allowing for the simultaneous viewing of two input sources, and customisable user profile settings for each driver.

Anni Interior

Its 2.0-litre, 16v, 160ps powerplant allied to a slick, short-throw 6-speed manual transmission, the lightweight, compact, 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Mazda MX5 marries sub-8 second 0-62 mph acceleration and a 136mph top speed with perfect, 50:50 weight distribution and a low moment of inertia for outstanding agility and driving enjoyment.

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