MX-5’s iconic status continues, voted as Best Sports Car

Mazda’s Iconic Roadster the MX-5 has added another feather in the cap as Carbuyer Awards’ Best Sports Car. The Mazda MX-5, currently in its fourth-generation is available in Malaysia, although quantity is somewhat limited. Mazda Malaysia still has a few units of the MX-5 RF (hardtop) left, so visit your nearest showroom to discover the driving joy of the MX-5.

The iconic Roadster by the people at Hiroshima came about in 1989 and immediately took the world by storm. Serving its purpose with an affordable price tag has always been the key for the MX-5.

Fast forward to 2015, the Mazda MX-5 4th-generation had a big do in three continents where it’s most well-received; in the U.S.A., Europe and Japan. The main draw about the MX-5 has always been about the fun factor and that ‘put a smile on your face everytime you get behind the wheel’ mentality. Competitors of the MX-5 for this year’s Best Sports Car comprise the Alpine A110, Porsche Cayman and even the Toyota Supra. However, the Cayman is usually for the luxury group while the Supra isn’t exactly a direct competitor.

When the 4th-generation MX-5 rolled out four years ago, demand was extremely encouraging. A year or two into its shelf life, the awards kept pouring in from design, car and media perspectives. Thanks to a refined 2.0-liter engine and that perfect 50:50 balance, the MX-5 is deemed to offer a perfect roadster experience. In late 2018, the updated MX-5 gets a high-revving 2.0l Skyactive-G along with reworked, lighter pistons and con-rod, camshafts and exhaust valves, fuel injectors, throttle valve and air intake. The new engine enabled a 24PS increase up to 184PS in output, with a raised redline from 6,800 to 7,500 rpm. In addition with higher fuel pressure and more efficient combustion, there’s an increase in torque across the rev range; torque went up by 5Nm. Together with the  telescopic steering adjustment, the MX-5 is an obvious ‘Jinba Ittai’, where man and machine are one.

This year, the MX-5 gets a special edition, the 30th Anni. Edition. This edition comes with bold Racing Orange paint, forged aluminium Rays wheels and Brembo front brakes. Inside, the cabin’s got orange accents on the seats, door trims, dashboard and steering wheel, to go with Recaro seats and a celebratory numbered plaque. Only 3,000 MX-5 30th Anni. Editions are made available worldwide.    

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