It can’t be easy re-designing the world’s best-selling roadster but Mazda has done an incredible job.
And they have managed it without the use of a turbo, which is key to the two-seaters charm and appeal. You have to really ‘drive’ the MX-5 to enjoy it most.
That little four-cylinder engine works so sweetly with the six-speed gearbox you wonder why anybody would consider anything else. Well, anybody who actually enjoys using a manual gearbox and clipping the apex of a bend.
Perhaps what’s most incredible about this new model is the fact it’s 100kg lighter than the old one. Fitted with either the torquey 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre engines, it’s the best value convertible out there…