Slick Stick!

Short Stick

As with previous MX5s, the gear change is one of the sweetest things about the MK 4. It’s not just precise and well-weighted, it also offers one of the shortest throws out there as far as new cars go, with a 40mm stroke. It’s the slickest change we’ve experienced in a modern car and compares favourably with the new Honda Civic Type R, which offers the same stroke length. The MX5 provides a more satisfying change though, as it is meatier and more positive .

The gearbox starts out life as the ‘SkyActiv-MT’ six-speed transmission previously only used in transverse applications. It’s been adapted for use in the MX5’s longitudinally-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout, with the linkage simplified to reduce sliding resistance.

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