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2018 Mazda MX-5 gets design, performance and functional updates

The fourth generation of the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car, the Mazda MX-5, was launched to the global market two years ago as the 2016 Mazda MX-5 (ND). But this early in its life cycle, the convertible sports car also known as the Miata is already getting a number of updates, as announced by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).

The 2018 Mazda Miata will still be available in three trim levels: the entry-level MX-5 Sport, the hardcore MX-5 Club and the most sophisticated of the trio, the MX-5 Grand Touring. For the 2018 model year, the three trim levels will boast of a number of design, performance and functional updates.

Design updates for the 2018 Mazda MX-5 include the availability of a new Dark Cherry and a Black soft top. Likewise, Mazda is adding new color finishes for the exterior palette of the new 2018 MX-5, such as Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Peal Mica and Soul Red Crystal. Mazda MX-5 customers may also avail of the Machine Gray Metallic finish, which was previously exclusive available on MX-5 RF retractable fastback models. Inside, further MX-5 RF Launch Edition-exclusive features are now available for the MX-5 Grand Touring models, like an Auburn-colored interior and Nappa leather seating surfaces.

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Mazda Japan opens restoration service for 1st-gen decades-old MX-5 Miata

Do you remember the Mazda MX-5 Miata? Perhaps not if you are a millennial reading this. That’s because it is a car from almost 3 decades ago. The older a car gets, the more signs of age you will notice, no matter how often you maintain it or how sparsely you use it. The MX-5 Miata, also known as the NA generation, is facing that issue now, and owners of this model are not ready to give up their cars yet. This is why Mazda is starting a restoration program for the car.

Mazda came up with this solution as they kept hearing from MX-5 Miata owners that they cannot let go of their cars, and that they want to keep on driving them, no matter how old the car gets. A lot of Miata owners also requested for Mazda to produce parts of the 28-year-old model.

Now, their prayers have been answered and Mazda will start accepting customer cars by early 2018 to restore them to their original shape. The restoration process will vary from one car to another, depending on the customer’s requests. The company will ask their clients what they want to get out of their Miata exactly, before working on the car. But first, Mazda plans to get a certification from German inspection group TÜV Rheinland Japan Co., Ltd so that they could produce high-quality vehicles.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 is the Car of the Year in Japan

The Mazda Roadster, also referred to as the MX-5 outside Japan, has been awarded as the Car of the Year Japan for 2015-2016. Mazda Motor Corporation’s all-new Roadster is the sixth model among the new-generation vehicles that have a full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO-Soul of Motion design.

SKYACTIV is the term used for Mazda’s new generation technology including transmissions, gasoline and diesel engines, and a body and chassis built with the Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom vision. This sports car designed for Jinba-ittai driving fun is a lightweight two-seater open-top rear wheel drive.

Mazda engineers worked on perfecting the driving position as well as reducing the vehicle’s weight by about 100 kgs. The vehicle has been made more practical with a convenient open and close top which is weatherproof. It also now has a bigger luggage space to fit two carry-on sized bags.

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BBR previews its tuning program for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

BBR revealed the fact that it is working on a new tuning programme for the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 and announced that it is making great progress with both its visual concept as well as the powertrain development.

As you can see from the photos, the new Mazda MX-5 from BBR will feature a new front lip spoiler, a BBR logo located on the front fenders, a rear trunk lip spoiler as well as new exhaust tailpipes and OZ Racing alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires.

For those who don’t know, Mazda announced that it will offer the new MX-5 Miata with a choice of two SkyActiv-G direct-injection petrol engines with displacements of 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter. The engines will be bolted to a SkyActiv-MT six-speed manual transmission and are expected to produce 140 hp and 200 hp.

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Mazda presented its all-new 2016 MX-5 at the Paris Motor Show, 25 years after the original MX-5 was unveiled back in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show. As you may know already the new model made its debut last month at company’s new facility the ‘Mazda Space’ in Barcelona and arrives with a new KODO – Soul of Motion design for the exterior characterized by the longer bonnet, the well-known grille and stylish rear end that features LED taillights.

Compared with the predecessor, the new generation MX-5 is 100 kg (220 lbs) lighter and comes with electric power-assited rack and pinion steering. Mazda will offer the MX-5 in Europe with a Skyactiv-G 1.5-liter petrol engine bolted to a six-speed manual transmission.

In the United States, the MX-5 will get a bigger 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine, but no details were released regarding the outputs. Rumors indicate that the 1.5-liter engine will deliver 140 hp (104 kW), while the 2.0-liter will develop up to 200 hp (149 kW). Mazda’s new MX-5 roadster will go on sale next year as a 2016 model year.

Read the entire article 2016 Mazda MX-5 steps on the 2014 Paris Motor Show catwalk [Live Photos]

Alfa Romeo was supposed to receive a roadster from Mazda at the start of 2015; but the chief executive of parent Fiat thinks otherwise. Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne told the Financial Times in September 2013 they would not build Alfa models outside of Italy as long as he holds the top position, which lasts until at least 2017. Marchionne repeated his statement at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

He remarked that further details about future Fiat Group products would be revealed in early May. Fiat and Mazda product planners are intending to meet soon to talk about the potential badge change for the MX-5-based two-seat car, the sources said, adding that the Italian carmaker’s product planners are looking for ways to fulfill the terms of their supply contract with the Japanese group since walking away from the deal would be extremely costly.

The question now is which brand would receive the roadster from Mazda. Fiat's near-premium brand Lancia could not be considered as Marchionne has already elected to reduce the marque to a one-model brand, the Ypsilon.

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While Mazda and Fiat are finalizing a deal to collaborate on producing roadsters, the carmakers are also looking to work on other possible joint projects, Mazda chief executive Takashi Yamanouchi said at the Los Angeles auto show. According to Yamanouchi, engineers from Mazda and Fiat are drawing up an "opportunity list" of potential vehicle projects.

He, however, declined to name the projects under consideration. During the Paris auto show in September, Yamanouchi disclosed that Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne expressed its intention to expand their partnership, which involves jointly developing roadsters to be the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata and Alfa Romeo Spider. Yamanouchi said that engineers from both carmakers are meeting with each other, which can lead to new possibilities.

According to Yamanouchi, he and Marchionne agreed to finalize the roadster deal by the end of 2012, adding "that there are no major issues at this point." However, a broad alliance or equity sharing deal is not a possibility as Mazda has made clear its intention to remain independent. The roadster deal is currently governed by a memorandum of understanding.

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Two decades have passed since Mazda started selling the Mazda MX-5 to the driving public in the United Kingdom. This 20-year period is more than enough to make UK consumers fall in love with the car, especially than this sports car does not only provide the thrill of open top driving and reliable handling, but also offers a way for those who can't afford fancy rides to experience enjoyable driving.

Now Mazda is incidentally celebrating a new milestone – selling its 100,000th Mazda MX-5 in the UK. The 100,000th Mazda MX-5 sold in the UK was recently delivered to its new owner, Helen Jones. With all these successes, the Mazda MX-5 has become the UK's most popular sports car. In fact, every one of 10 Mazda buyers around the world is from the UK. Also, every two of five Mazda buyers in Europe are from the UK.

The Mazda MX-5 had its global debut at the 1989 Chicago Motor Show. From there, the roadster instantly became a celebrity, especially because the Mazda MX-5 does not only mark the return of open top to the motoring scene, but it also affordable and well-proportioned as well as exudes a certain elegance.

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It was announced by Mazda Motor Corporation just recently that the inauguration of the refurbished Mazda Roadster, also known as the MX-5 abroad, into the markets of Japan. Mazda's uprated legendary lightweight, top-down sports vehicle is set to go on sale today, December 9, 2008, at all dealers of both Mazda and Mazda Anfini all over Japan.

MSRP, which includes consumption tax, begin from 2,330,000 ($25,300 or €19,600) to 2,600,000 yen ($28,260 or €21,880) for the soft roof versions, and from 2,680,000 ($29,130 or €22,560) to 2,950,000 yen ($32,000 or €24,840) for the Power Retractable Hard Top (RHT) variants that highlights Mazda's innovative electric roof scheme.

The most current variant of Mazda's two-seater sports vehicle brings further the Roadster's traditional "Jinba Ittai," which means "rider and horse as one," notion, and highlights detailed enhancements in the external and internal design, excellence, functionality and active performance. As a consequence, the Roadster is now more pleasurable to drive and more enviable than ever.

Read the entire article 2009 Mazda Roadster a.k.a. MX-5 Facelift launched in Japan

Mazda is celebrating two decades of success of the MX-5 roadster by unveiling a Superlight version of the famed vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Featuring a lightweight character, the MX-5 Superlight version takes enjoyable driving and fuel efficiency to a whole new level.

MX-5 Superlight version proves that for Mazda, less could mean more. Derived from the third-generation production MX-5, the new MX-5 Superlight version represents a drastic evolution of the tried and tested MX-5 formula – getting rid of everything aside from the essentials for pure thrilling driving fun.

Created by Mazda’s European design team, the MX-5 Superlight version boasts of better handling and improved fuel economy while strengthening the bond between the driver and the car. The MX-5 Superlight version features a design that pays tribute to its predecessor while giving us a hint of what the future may bring.

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These are new photos of Mazda's MX-5 Superlight Concept presently showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show. To reduce the overall weight of the car, it has no windscreen hence, it is believed to improve performance and fuel efficiency.

Powering the Superlight concept is a 1.8-liter unit which is the same engine of the production version. It is claimed to be capable of achieving better figures compared with the stock powerplant.

In a news release, Peter Birtwhistle, Mazda Motor Europe's chief designer, said that he has long dreamed of creating a Mazda MX-5 with this radical form.

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A smaller and lighter Mazda MX-5 - that's what the next model will be like. According to Mazda insiders, this is an attempt to replicate the spirit of the original launched 20 years ago.

Mazda's R&D team is working on making the new car as light and compact as the first MX-5. The current car was deemed to be too heavy. With a 2.0-liter engine, its kerb weight is 1,098 kg, compared with the original's 970 kg. The target is 1,000 kg.

This change would give the new car a figure similar to that of the recent 980kg MX-5 Superlight concept, which was the first of a series of design studies that will indicate the direction Mazda will take with the new car. To take off the weight, the carmaker will likely install a smaller and lighter engine, which is believed to copy the original's 1.6-liter capacity.

Read the entire article Next Mazda MX-5 will be smaller and lighter

It was only around three ago when Mercedes-AMG unveiled the AMG GT R Coupe. Now at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, AMG chopped the roof the AMG GT R Coupe and made some necessary revisions. This resulted to the birth of a new AMG GT R model from Mercedes-Benz – the new Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster.

When the AMG GT R Roadster arrives, the AMG GT family will have 16 members that include five two-door coupes, four roadsters, two customer sports racing cars and five 4-door coupes. But AMG isn't planning to build many as only 750 units are intended to be produced.

Of course, the main difference between the AMG GT R Coupe and AMG GT R Roadster is that the latter has no fixed roof, allowing its occupants to enjoy the thrill of open-air ride. But should they need some protection from the elements, the AMG GT R Roadster is provided with a three-layered fabric soft top. Featuring an inserted acoustic mat that can reduce noise, this soft top is supported by a structure of low weight – thanks to materials such as magnesium, steel and aluminum – which basically help give the AMG GT R Roadster a low center of gravity.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG GT R takes its roof away as a Roadster at 2019 Geneva Motor Show

It is finally here, a new offering from Automobili Lamborghini that combines the thrill of the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (Superveloce Jota) and the joy of an open-air drive. After unveiling the coupe version last year in the California, the carmaker has taken the wraps off the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

It was August 2018 when Automobili Lamborghini unveiled the V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador SVJ in Pebble Beach, California. A week after, speculations suddenly appeared that a roadster version would be coming after the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued an executive order that certified four Lamborghini Aventador models: S Coupe, S Roadster, SVJ Coupe, and SVJ Roadster. Since, we have been waiting for Lamborghini to formally unveil the Aventador SVJ Roadster. Now, the newest Aventador can be seen in metal in Geneva.

Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, remarked that the new Aventador SVJ Roadster essentially inherits all the power, performance and innovative aerodynamic technologies of the coupe version but with an added exclusivity of driving in the open air. He added that Aventador SVJ Roadster offers the same extraordinary performance with roof on or off.

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The new Audi TT RS – yes, the top version of the German carmaker’s facelifted TT model series – is now officially here. If you could remember, the range-topping TT RS Coupe and Roadster were visually absent when Audi unveiled the facelifted TT model series in July 2018. That got some worried, so Audi is allaying those worries.

As introduced by the brand with the Four Rings, the latest iteration of the Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster boasts of completely redrawn front end. However, most of us won't be able to distinguish the newest TT RS models from their predecessors right away. It would take discerning eyes – especially those of Audi TT RS fans and enthusiasts – to know how the latest iterations differ visually from the previous model.

For instance, the lateral air intakes on the front bumper are now larger, each divided by vertical strips. In addition, the quattro logo -- in matt titanium-look – is located in the lower part of the gloss black grille that is surrounded by matt black Singleframe. The grille is flanked by LED headlights as standard, or by optional matrix LED units.

Read the entire article Facelifted Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster now available to order

Mazda has finally unveiled the latest generation of the Mazda3 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to Mazda, the all-new Mazda plays an important role in raising the driving pleasure to distinctive to the brand to whole new levels. With a capacity to accommodate up to five persons, the 2019 Mazda3 will be available either as a sedan or a hatchback.

The exterior design of the sedan and the hatchback versions of the Mazda3 are based on different design concept. With dimensions measuring 4,459 mm in length, 1,797 mm in width and 1,440 mm in height, the hatchback is based on a design concept focused on creating a solid mass with a lasting visual appeal. This allows the Mazda3 hatchback to convey a powerful yet solid presence. The hatchback is available with a new exclusive color -- Polymetal Gray.

On the other hand, the Mazda3 sedan measures 4,662 mm in length, 1,797 mm in width and 1,445 mm in height. Its design concept focused on being sleek and elegant. While it still conforms to the traditional sedan styling, the Mazda3 sedan offers a clean, sleek and sophisticated beauty that exudes both maturity and refinement. Both the hatchback and sedan versions of the new Mazda3 have a wheelbase of 2,725 mm.

Read the entire article 2018 LA Auto Show: Next-generation of Mazda3 sedan and hatchback unveiled

It has been a year since Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Mercedes-AMG Project One at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. So far, there has been no or little update from the German premium carmaker. Nonetheless, Mercedes is expected to unveil the production-ready version as well as the final moniker of the Project One next month at the upcoming 2018 Paris Motor Show.

During the year after the Project One was revealed, there has been rumors that Mercedes is also intending to create two more versions of the hypercar. One of these would be an open-top roadster version and the other would a track-only variant that can’t be legally driven on the road. According to TheSupercarBlog.com, Mercedes was planning to build between five to 10 units of the Project One roadster, as well as between 25 to 50 examples of the track-only version.

Of course, Mercedes really had to look into whether developing two more versions of the AMG Project would bring a good case. These two versions – the Project One roadster and track-only model – were evaluated, but evaluations weren’t so positive for them. TheSupercarBlog.com reported that roadster and track-only versions of the Project One were sent to the trash bin in August.

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The new 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster has now been unveiled to the global public at the world renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the same place where BMW first revealed the BMZ Concept Z4 in 2017. The latest generation of the Roadster was unveiled in all glory in the form of the all-new 2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition.

The sporty yet elegant proportions of the all-new BMW Z4 quickly betray its dynamic and sporting potential as achieved through a central sitting position for the driver, a perfect 50:50 axle load distribution, compact wheelbase, wide tracks and low center of gravity. It looks is defined by the BMW kidney grille with a mesh design and flanked by vertically stacked headlights. The looks of the latest BMW Roadster is also defined by long clamshell hood extending over the front wheels, large air breathers on the front wheel arches as well as by a characteristic spoiler integrated into the rear lid.

All of these visual elements are present in the new BMW Z4 M40i First Edition, which is also laden with a number of specific design and equipment features. Featuring a Frozen Orange Metallic body paintwork, the new Z4 M40i First Edition comes with an electrically operated textile soft top in anthracite with silver effect. These details are complemented by the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line and black exterior mirror caps, as well as a set of two-tone, double-spoke 19-inch light alloy wheels. The First Edition also makes use of Adaptive LED headlights.

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With a starting price of around $163,000, the new BMW i8 Roadster (I15) is one of the most expensive offerings on the market from the premium German carmaker carmaker. It is around $20,000 more expensive from its hard-roofed twin, the i8 Coupe. Yet, such a high price doesn’t mean more elements can be added. In fact, renowned German tuner AC Schnitzer have a number of things to offer for the new i8 Roadster.

To sum up the overall effect of these add-ons and to provide clients a good picture of how their BMW i8 Roadster (I15) would like when the extra components have been installed, AC Schnitzer built a sample car. This i8 (I15) by AC Schnitzer looks meaner and more aggressive than a typical i8 Roadster, thanks to the number of added aerodynamic elements, new wheels, lower ride height and a sportier interior.

Finished in white with some black accents, the i8 Roadster (I15) by AC Schnitzer is marked up front with the AC Schnitzer front grille for BMW kidney, which is also known as the hot climate version. The face of this i8 Roadster is also defined by AC Schnitzer carbon front spoiler elements and AC Schnitzer carbon middle front spoiler. Likewise, the AC Schnitzer has crafted carbon front side wings, carbon mirror cover and carbon door handle panels for the new i8 Roadster.

Read the entire article AC Schnitzer program for new BMW i8 Roadster I15 results to meaner open-seater

Mercedes-Benz decides to surprise us with yet another model in the AMG GT lineup by introducing the new GT S Roadster that is positioned between the regular GT Roadster and the GT C version. The newest model will arrive in the United States later this year.

Similar to the other AMG GT models, the new S Roadster comes equipped with a 4.0 liter biturbo V8 that makes 515 horsepower (384 kilowatts) and 494 pound feet of torque (670 Newton metres). In comparison, the standard GT Roadster has 469 horsepower (350 kilowatts) while the droptop GT C packs 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts). All of these have a seven speed dual clutch gearbox.

The S’ capabilities are very much aligned with that of the C’s, thanks to its powertrain. For instance, the S Roadster requires 3.7 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour), only 0.1 second slower than its C counterpart, with a rating of 3.6 seconds. The new model can max out at 192 miles per hour (309 kilometers per hour) versus the 196 miles per hour (315 kilometers per hour) of the GT C.

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