Recently released: Mazda MX-5

In what is one of the most anticipated releases of 2015, the all-new Mazda MX-5 has hit Australian streets running.

With the 1989 first generation model costing $29,990 (the equivalent of $59,433 in today’s money), the price of $31,990 (plus on-road costs) makes the new ND the best-value MX-5 released. It features Bluetooth, power steering, airconditioning, anti-lock braking, traction control, cruise control and SBS airbags as standard features.

Initially, the entry-level Roadster and top-spec Roadster GT are available with a specially-tuned, 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine and choice of either a SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic or SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission.

With 96kW of power @ 7000rpm and 150Nm of torque @4800rpm, the new edition MX-5 weighs from 1009kg, a reduction of 91kg over the outgoing 2.0 litre car and close to the 950kg weight of the original NA.

Claimed combined fuel consumption is 6.1 litres/100km for the manual and 6.4 for the auto.

A 2.0-litre model with 118kW of power @ 6000rpm and 200Nm of torque @ 4600rpm will join the range late this year.

The ND, with 1.5-litre engine weighs from 1009kg, a reduction of 91kg over the outgoing 2.0-litre car and close to the weight of the 1989 model.

Also new are:

  • Dual-pinion electronic power-assist steering (a first for any Mazda), offering a lighter, responsive driving experience;
  • Revised suspension aimed at improving turn-in ability, stability when braking and control when cornering;
  • Revised soft top designed to make it easy to open and close in seconds;
  • Introduction of MZD Connect with commander control and Mazda’s ‘Drive Selection’ (on selected models);
  • Bose premium sound system with speakers positioned in the headrest of each seat, making listening to music and taking calls even clearer when the top is down.

The 1.5-litre Roadster’s features include 16-inch alloys with 195/50 tyres; LED headlamps; cloth soft top; black cloth seat trim; airconditioning; cruise control; trip computer; leather-wrapped steering wheel, handbrake handle and gear shift knob; audio system with AM/FM tuner and six speakers, aux-in and USB; Bluetooth; steering wheel audio controls; advanced keyless push-button engine start; LSD (manual only); and tyre pressure monitoring system.

The 1.5-litre Roadster GT adds auto on/off headlights; LED daytime running lamps; heated mirrors; rain-sensing wipers; black or tan leather seat trim; seat warmers; auto-dimming rear-view mirror; climate control airconditioning; seven-inch touchscreen display (MZD Connect); internet radio integration (Pandora, Stitcher and Aha); multi-function commander control; premium Bose audio with nine speakers; satellite navigation; and advanced keyless entry.

1.5-litre manual Roadster $31,990
1.5-litre auto Roadster $33,990
1.5-litre manual Roadster GT $37,990
1.5-litre auto Roadster GT $39,990
2.0-litre manual Roadster $34,490
2.0-litre auto Roadster $36,490
2.0-litre manual Roadster GT $39,550
2.0-litre auto Roadster GT $41,550.

By Barry Green