Mazda MX-5, also known as Mazda Miata, Eunos Roadster or Mazda Roadster, is the most popular roadster in the world (to date). The car featured here is an european model of the second generation and has the 1.6-litre gasoline engine with an output of 81 kW/110 hp. The model is designed by Tom Matano and is characterised by low weight and great driving fun thanks to its rear wheel drive (RWD) and excellent turning radius. Using Mazda MX-5 tag you can see other generations of the vehicle that we have on ThrottleChannel.com – encyclopedia and digital museum.
Model: Mazda MX-5 / Mazda Miata / Mazda MX-5 Miata
Body type: 2-seater roadster convertible, manually operated soft top
Price without VAT: about 19,300 Euros (new); about 7.000 Euros (on used car market when filmed)
Engine: 1.6-litre (1,598 cc, type CE04D16), inline 4-cylinder engine, longitudinal. The engine is naturally aspirated, uses multi-point electronic injection, and features 4 valves per cylinder. The maximum output is 81 kW / 110 PS/hp at 6,500 rpm and peak torque is 134 Nm (approx. 98 lb-ft) at 5,000 rpm.
Gearbox: 5-speed manual transmission and rear wheel drive (RWD)
Tyres: Bridgestone Turanza 195/50 R15 82H
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 9.7 seconds
Top speed: 191 km/h
Declared average fuel consumption: 8.1 liters of petrol per 100 km
Emissions: EU2, 196 CO2/km
Fuel tank (l): 50
Dimensions (mm): L 3,975 / w 1,680 / h 1,225
Luggage compartment capacity (l): 144
Wheelbase (mm): 2,265
Weight: 1,020 kg
Front suspension: Double wishbone, coil springs, sway bar.
Rear suspension: Independent wishbone, coil springs, sway bar.
Airbags for driver and front passenger; ABS; electro-mechanical power steering; electrically operated side windows and electrically operated side mirrors.
+ good handling
+ fun to drive
+ precise and direct steering
+ excellent turning radius (9.7 m)
+ nice engine sound
+ good build quality
– small luggage compartment
– unadjustable steering column
– no air conditioning
– high fuel consumption
– no board computer
Driven by Adrian M. for 50 km, 9.5 l/100 km average fuel consumption, 35,308 km total mileage of the car.
Filmed at AFI Palace Cotroceni