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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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This stylish new Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport Edition with a cherry fabric top is only available in the UK

We have some good news for Mazda MX-5 Miata owners in the United Kingdom. The automaker recently announced an upgrade for the model which they call the Z-Sport model. Sales will begin on March 1 next year, but Mazda will limit production to only 300 units.

What’s included in the Z-Sport Edition, you ask? Well, it will give your good old Miata a beautiful Deep Cherry fabric roof, 17-inch black finished BBS wheels, and a Machine Grey Metallic body. The cabin will then be dressed in Sand coloured leather upholstery, and of course, the Z Sport logo will be present on the floor mats and door sills. To represent that the car is one of 300 examples only, it comes with a numbered plaque on the dashboard that displays its production number.

The Deep Cherry Red roof makes a beautiful contrast to the rest of the body’s darker paint and black wheels. The interior is a mix of two tone light beige and black that makes it look sexy. Lucky for UK customers, they get to own this stylish edition.

Read the entire article This stylish new Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport Edition with a cherry fabric top is only available in the UK

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.

Read the entire article Mazda Japan opens restoration service for 1st-gen decades-old MX-5 Miata

BBR Turbo Kit raises output of new Mazda MX-5 Miata by 93 hp to 248 hp

While some delightful owners of the new Mazda MX-5 Miata are happy with its performance, BBR, the British tuning house has cooked up something more delicious for those who aren't fully satisfied. Coincidence? Not really. Over the past years, the UK-based car tuner has been offering turbo kits for the said car model.

Adding more spice to its rather bland performance, BBR has come up with a new ECU package complete with cast-iron twin exhaust manifold, a K & N induction system, a fully mounted scroll turbocharger and a carbon fiber turbo heat shield especially for the new MX-5.

To begin with, BBR’s £6,000 Stage 1 upgrade provides up to 248hp (185kW) and 236 lb-ft (320Nm) of torque. The BBR-charged Mazda MX-5 Miata could reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250kph) after hitting a 0-60mph (0-96kph) in as short as five seconds. Aside from complying with MOT emission standards, the tuning specialist ensures that its products have the official approval of the TÜV and CARB. Likewise, BBR offers a fully reversible setup for those who want to revert the MX-5 back to its original spec. The newly added accessories meanwhile come in factory finish to conceal any changes made to the engine.

Read the entire article BBR Turbo Kit raises output of new Mazda MX-5 Miata by 93 hp to 248 hp

The founder of Koenigsegg Automotive, Christian Von Koenigsegg, is now going to be designing his dream supercar, the Regera. The CEO gets his design inspiration from the Mazda MX-5 Miata. You didn’t expect that he would get his inspiration from a highly accessible sports car, did you?

But that’s not all. He also features the Swedish flag in his design as well by incorporating the colours of the flag on the Regera’s exterior paint. But instead of using the typical blue and yellow shades of the flag, he gave it a little more class - Koenigsegg combined blue-tinted carbon and gold leaf accents. So, are you imagining it more clearly now?

The Regera doesn’t only have gold leaf trim around its body. Koenigsegg adds the gold leaf finish onto the wheels as well, complementing the overall look of the car. Employees first apply the gold to the tires by hand before finishing it with a clear coat to ensure that the accent stays even as the car gets old. However, this is offered as an option for customers and does not come with the standard package.

Read the entire article Koenigsegg feels nostalgic, uses Mazda MX-5 Miata as inspiration for Regera hypercar

There are a number of things many people are grateful for this Thanksgiving. For car enthusiasts and customers in the U.S., there is another one to add to the list and this is all due to Mazda North American Operations. It should be recalled that there was much excitement with the launch of the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF, the hardtop version of Mazda’s bestseller. Then it was announced that the first unit would be shipped to the U.S. by the first quarter of 2017 or sometime in February.

It has now been revealed that Mazda will be shipping the units two months ahead of schedule. For this latest shipment, 500 units are expected to arrive in the early part of December, with deliveries scheduled for the second week.

The reason for this is that there was a production shift at its Japan facility resulting in the first batch of units ready to be shipped to the U.S. The brand had initially released 1,000 units of what it dubbed as the MX-5 RF Launch Edition back in October. Mainly based on the MX-5 RF’s Grand Touring Trim, the Launch Editions were finished in the exclusive Machine Gray. In addition, this was the only version of the MX-5 in the U.S. market through would have a top that has been hand-painted in black and Auburn Nappa leather inside.

Read the entire article US deliveries of 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF to begin in 2nd week of December

Like many automakers, Mazda North American Operations knows what the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show (SEMA) is all about. Held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, the event allows many designers the chance to think out of the box and come up with a number of excellent dream cars. For the 2016 SEMA Show, Mazda will be exhibiting the more ruthless yet lighter MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution and the MX-5 RF Kuro. The MX-5 RF Kuro in particular is based mainly on the 2017 MX-5 RF retractable fastback and slated to be released early next year to the U.S. market.

It was during the 2015 SEMA Show when Mazda first unveiled the MX-5 Speedster. Compared to the MX-5 soft top on which it was based, it weighed 2,080 lbs., a reduction of 11% or about 150 lbs. After that, the MX-5 Speedster was then taken to the Goodwood Festival of Speed held in U.K., where it underwent the 1.16-mile hill climb. Later the model was brought back to Mazda Design Americas located in Irvine, California, where a team started to look into how to make this version even lighter.

The design team was led by none other than Design Manager Ken Saward, who took out everything beneath the dashboard and made sure to replace all the gauges with a digital display. In addition, the team also removed the Brembo brakes in the front and instead used the calipers and rotors of the MX-5 Sport and Grand Touring, as they were lighter. Furthermore, the standard battery which weighed 25.1 lbs., was replaced with the Braille GreenLite G20 Lithium battery which only weighed 4.5 lbs.

Read the entire article SEMA: Mazda exhibits much lighter MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution, MX-5 RF Kuro [Live Photos]

Mazda revealed that it has long been committed to providing customers with a driving experience that is free from any trappings in addition to being lightweight.

Thus at Las Vegas’ 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (2016 SEMA Show), Mazda will be unveiling two sporty MX-5 concepts, namely: the MX-5 Speedster Evolution Concept and the MX-5 RF Kuro.

Read the entire article MX-5 RF Kuro and Speedster Evolution unveiled by Mazda for 2016 SEMA

Mazda has finally introduced the MX-5 RF retractable fastback at the 2016 New York Auto Show. This latest iteration of the MX-5 remains fully able in providing a dynamic and enjoyable open-top driving experience.

However, Mazda is offering this experience on a new dimension that is accessible to a wider range of drivers. The new Mazda MX-5 RF is powered by either the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 or SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engines. Power is transmitted to the wheels either through a quick-shifting six-speed SKYACTIV-MT transmission and an MX-5 RF- exclusive six-speed automatic gearbox.

This new Mazda MX-5 RF comes knocking with a fastback styling featuring a smooth roofline sloping down to the rear. Moreover, its distinct rear roof and retractable back window allow it to offer a unique convertible feeling. Interestingly, a driver could easily deploy or employ the power roof with just a push of a button even while the MX-5 RF is moving at speeds of up to 10km/h.

Read the entire article 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF retractable fastback is presented at 2016 New York Auto Show

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.

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

Mazda is presenting its first-ever ready-to-race MX-5 Miata, the new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car. This race-going car still follows Mazda’s formula for successful vehicles – remarkable performance at an affordable price. Indeed, Mazda Motorsports is offering the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup racer with a special introductory price of $53,000.

Interested buyers can order their own Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car at www.MazdaMotorsports.com, with initial deliveries to commence later this year. Since this ready-to-compete race car eliminates the need for further engineering and costs of fabrication, its driver could concentrate on competing.

Likewise, since all Global Mazda MX-5 Cup cars are identical, the main decisive factor on the race track would be driving talent instead of budget, engineering capability or fabrication skills. This new Miata racer has been jointly developed by Mazda Motorsports and Long Road Racing team, which will be the exclusive builder of the left-hand drive MX-5 Cup race car.

Read the entire article 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car priced at $53,000

Mazda introduced at the 2014 SEMA Show its new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup global racecar. According to Mazda, the new vehicle will be raced in a new Global Cup series, in North America, Europe and Asia. Still, Mazda has yet to announce which countries will be involved and when the races will take place as they are confirmed.

The Japanese carmaker said that the Global MX-5 Cup will culminate at the end of 2016 with a Global Shootout at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California to crown the series champion.

Although the specifications of the new MX-5 Cup racecar were not announced, we do know that the vehicle will be powered by a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine and as you can see from the photos, it comes with several enhancements including a roll cage.

Read the entire article 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup racecar officially introduced at 2014 SEMA Show

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]

Yesterday, we revealed you the fact that the MX-5 GT will not be available as an official Mazda product and will be sold instead by Jota. As a result, Jota revealed today the official info and specs of the Mazda MX-5 GT. First shown at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed as a concept, the Mazda MX-5 GT is not available for customers and will be sold by the Le Mans race specialists Jota and through prominent Mazda dealer Lodge Garage in Aylesbury.

Based on the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-liter Sort Tech, the Jota Mazda MX-5 GT is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine developing 203 bhp. Using the total amount of power, the MX-5 GT sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.4 seconds and has a top speed limited at 140 mph or 225 km/h.

Moreover, the Jota MX-5 GT comes with uprated Bilstein dampened suspension, anthracite alloy wheels, a rear carbon fiber and Recaro leather seats. Priced at £29,995, the Jota MX-5 GT is available three colours, white pearl, true red and aluminium silver metallic, all with a brilliant black roof. For those who want even more, Jota offers the option of a carbon rear boot lip spoiler, a carbon front splitter and a road and track Öhlins suspension kit.

Read the entire article Jota Mazda MX-5 GT goes on sale in the UK

The limited edition Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ Roadster Coupe could now be availed this summer. The two-seater Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ sportscar features an exterior donning captivating paint finishes that are only distinct to this models: Aquatic Blue Mica, Zeal Red Mica or Aluminium Silver Metallic that comes with a contrasting ‘Meteor Grey’ retractable hard top roof.

The ‘Sport Graphite’ model could be availed in two engine options: 1.8-liter powerplant producing 126ps or 2.0-liter engine providing 160ps. Both variants boast of generous equipment levels on the standard model, but with additional items like 17-inch dark gunmetal alloy wheels, black leather heated seats with unique grey stitching, 5.8-inch TomTom navigation system with integrated Bluetooth hands-free kit. The ‘Sport Graphite’ model also boasts of glossy dark grey fashion bars, color-coordinated retractable hard-top roof and door mirrors.

The ‘Sport Graphite’ limited edition also features badges on the exterior and interior. The sportscar's interior features distinct grey stitching that extends to the leather steering wheel and handbrake as well as glossy dark grey steering wheel spokes and dashboard panel. Also featured are an alloy pedal set and MX-5 floor mats with unique grey piping (optional for extra cost). The ‘Sport Graphite’ limited model also boasts of standard specification that include stainless steel scuff plates, body-colored door handles, side, driver and passenger airbags.

Read the entire article 2013 Mazda MX-5 Sport Graphite limited edition now available

The new Mazda MX-5 and Alfa Romeo Spider -- co-developed by the Japanese and Italian carmakers – will be equipped with their own separate engine units. Mazda plans to equip the MX-5 with a new naturally aspirated SkyActiv engine as standard. The new engine could have a capacity of 1.6 liters and a power output of 130 bhp.

Although Mazda has reiterated that the MX-5 will only be powered by a naturally aspirated engine, version of previous generations of the car were fitted with turbocharged powerplants. Mazda could also equip the MX-5 with a larger SkyActiv engine to provide more power without resorting to forced induction, according to Autocar.

While there is a possibility that Mazda would offer a diesel engine for the MX-5, the carmaker is more attracted to the lightweight and high-revving capabilities of a petrol engine. Mazda may also be worried about the marketability of diesel-powered MX-5, which may not be attractive to consumers.

Read the entire article Mazda could offer a diesel engine for the next-generation MX-5

Mazda has announced the start of sales of four new special versions of the Mazda2 (its top-selling model in the UK) and of its Mazda MX-5 (the No. 1 two-seater sportscar in the world). The updated Mazda2 Venture Edition five-door hatchback is currently on sale with a price tag of £13,295 on-the road (OTR).

The 84ps, 1.3-litre model rides on a set of 16-inch Bright Finish alloy wheels, black mirror housings, rear parking sensors, dusk-sensing lights and rain-sensing wipers, and a new sporty seat trim with red stitching. It also is offered with two distinct exterior colours -- Zeal Red Mica and Meteor Grey Mica.

It comes with special ‘Venture Edition’ badges. Mazda is offering an impressive standard set of equipment for the Mazda2 model including a sports styling kit, front fog lamps, privacy glass and a rear bumper sports trim.

Read the entire article Mazda introduces Mazda2, MX-5 Venture editions in the UK

Mazda has updated its MX-5 sportscar line-up by adding upgraded models that feature new looks, a pedestrian-friendly bonnet and satellite navigation system. The upgraded models also feature side airbags and climate control air-conditioning as well as a more exciting driving experience. The newest member of the upgraded Mazda MX-5 line-up now includes the 2.0-litre MX-5 Sport Tech Nav models, featuring integrated satellite navigation as standard - a Mazda first on the MX-5 range.

The MX-5 Sport Tech Nav models will be available for sale starting December 1, 2012 at starting prices of £18,495 to £23,595 on-the road (OTR).  Aside from endowing new looks to the upgraded Mazda MX-5, the new front-end design also enhances pedestrian safety.  The MX-5 is the first Mazda vehicle to be fitted with the carmaker’s newly developed active bonnet system.

If the system detects a collision with a pedestrian, the trailing edge of the bonnet immediately ‘pops-up’ to increase the crumple zone between the bonnet and engine, thus decreasing the severity of pedestrian injuries.

Read the entire article Mazda adds Sport Tech Nav models to its MX-5 range

Mini chief Kay Segler said that in the upcoming decade, three or more new models will be released after the new Mini Paceman. The Paceman, a coupé variant of the Countryman, is the seventh version to be released of the modern Mini. The automaker is also planning a compact saloon and an MPV. It’s also possible that it will build a roadster that takes inspiration from the original Mazda MX-5.

Segler said that the decisions on what models will be added to the current lineup will depend on the untapped sales potential in the two biggest auto markets in the world, China and North America. When interviewed by Autocar, Segler said that Mini is considering a plan for 10 individual Mini models by 2022.

Segler estimates that there may be at least three new models aside from the Paceman. Mini officials share the opinion that a compact saloon will be vital to improving Mini’s profile in China, where the 10 top-selling cars are all saloons. Segler said that the company knows that saloons have the highest sales in China and so they’re monitoring developments.

Read the entire article MINI considering a brand new roadster to take on the Mazda MX-5

Mazda’s 320bhp MX-5 GT4 – a fully-fledged GT race car – is being offered as a customer car for £150,000. Mazda has been very successful with the MX-5 GT4 car, which Jota Sport is developing. It is being challenged by the Avon Tyres British GT series. The GT4 racer can be easily recognized as an MX-5 but it doesn’t have much mechanical relation to its more achievable sibling, with a turbocharged 2.0-litre MZR motor, 1000kg kerbweight, fully sequential Hewland gearbox and FIA roll cage.

It also used a considerable amount of carbonfibre body panels. The price includes some technical assistance. The car is obviously built for racing but consumers will need to factor in the funds to really compete on top of the car’s cost. Jota Sport’s managing director Sam Hignett said that if done on a budget, a full series in GT4 is likely valued at about £200,000. This model rivals similar units from Lotus, Aston Martin and Ginetta.

Hignett said that the car is an easy car to race and would be desired by track day enthusiasts. He added that the car is still in development but it’s at a point that it could be offered to customers confident in the belief that it will be a front runner in any GT4 field. He claimed that the MX-5 GT4 is a promising contender in any race.

Read the entire article Mazda MX-5 GT4 race car priced from £125,000
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