Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 18-03-2016
The rules to building a great roadster are fairly simple. The vehicle needs to be:
– Light weight.
– Handle well around the bends.
– Have the essence of being a pure drivers machine at heart.
So my question is, why is it so very difficult to find something with all of the above characteristics? You will notice that many auto-makers have a crack at building a true roadster, however most also end-up failing because they ignore the simple elements that make up a true drivers machine.
Mazda have really nailed it with this latest generation MX-5! For many years enthusiast’s all over the world have regarded the MX-5 as the ultimate roadster and having spent some time in the latest generation MX-5, I can see why this is still the case!
The key to all its greatness comes down to simple focussed passion within the MX-5. With a curb weight of the vehicle at around 1100 kg, it remains very light and when you couple this with its 2.0 L Skyactive engine which produces 118 Kw and 200 Nm torque it makes the MX-5 a very snappy car and one which is absolutely phenomenal to drive.
All the way throughout its automotive life, the MX-5 has enjoyed a big fan following and in this latest KODO inspired design, the MX-5 roadster is sure to attract many eye’s wherever it goes. Cape Town, South Africa has some of the best driving roads world. What better way is there to explore the Cape, than driving in a top-down roadster.
When it comes to the interior, it is rather sparse. This being said it does not leave you scratching around for any creature comforts. The MX-5 is equipped with Mazda’s MZD media system, the one which is the same one fitted to most of Mazda’s vehicles. It is an easy to operate, clean and attractive interface, which is displayed through a 7-Inch panel and features either touch-screen based or jog-dial based control. Apart from the MZD system, the MX-5 features air-conditioning, keyless entry/exit and go and not much else.
When I say that the cabin is rather sparse, in this vehicle it is a very good trait, as it means that there is little to take your concentration off the job of driving and absolutely having a blast. It also further adds to keeping the MX-5 nimble on its toes.
The Mazda MX-5 comes in at a retail price of R399,800 (VAT incl.). When you consider the kind of experience you are going to have behind the wheel of an MX-5, it is very hard to match. Having driven many great vehicles, it is not often that a vehicle comes along which allows you to experience purist motoring at its very essence, and it is for this very reason that I can honestly label this latest generation Mazda MX-5, one of the best vehicles I have ever driven!
To sum up my experience of the Mazda MX-5, kindly see the full video below: