Mazda Showcases the 2013 MX5 at the Geneva Motor Show
|   Thursday, March 21, 2013
Mazda is trying hard to give the MX5 a much needed makeover that may enhance the demand in the market of this vehicle. The MX5 is in its mid life crisis at the moment and Mazda is all set to spruce things up a bit. Mazda had announced a supped up 200 BHP displacing GT version of the MX5 six months back. However Mazda quickly wrapped up plans of such a reveal.

If the GT was launched this year, there were chances of the MX5 turning into the best selling roadster this year.
However, that is not even remotely possible now that the MX5 will not be getting a roadster version. However, Mazda has installed the advanced Sky Active Technology into the vehicle to enhance its market viability. The last upgrade was performed back in 2006 and this means that the vehicle needs a much deserved make over.
The most notable features about the new MX5 are the grille, chin spoiler and the bumper. These give the vehicle a new look altogether and enhances the overall crude appearance of the vehicle. This is the first MX5 to feature a built in satellite navigation system while prices have been pushed up by £600. The vehicle is powered by a 2.0 liter, 158 BHP displacing, petrol engine mated to a six speed manual transmission system.

The additional manual transmission system makes this vehicle lively and fun to drive around in and the drive experience is better than before. With modified throttle come better performance and acceleration and that means that although the MX5 is not GT material, it definitely is more powerful than before. This comes as a consolation prize for performance lovers. However, the MX5 does not fail miserably.

The MX5 is just as enthusiastic about speed as it was before and the driver is the one person who will be quote happy about it. This rear wheel drive vehicle is a pleasure to own and cruise around in and the small turning radius makes it the perfect urban car. A smaller turning radius means better maneuverability and this works in favor of the vehicle.

Despite the limitations imposed by Mazda on the MX5, the vehicle is still worth the money. It maybe a few decades old, but the MX5 still has it in it. Priced at £23,295, the MX5 can reach a top speed of 136 MPH. Acceleration from 0 – 60 MPH comes in around 7.9 seconds while the car returns an approximate 36.2 MPG.

Optimum torque is attained near the 7000 RPM mark and this vehicle loves to be pushed hard. The low lying body means less body roll and this transform into more friction and aerodynamics. The MX5 can be pulled into corners confidently and this enhances the overall driving ergonomics of the vehicle. The braking system has also been enhanced and this gives the driver additional confidence in driving the car in tricky situations. Overall traction has been improved and the chassis balance on the vehicle has been improved.
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