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VIDEO: Mazda MX-5 v Subaru BRZ

Mazda MX-5 v Subaru BRZ

US outlet Motor Trend hits the road in two of the car world’s best value buys, the all-new Mazda MX-5 and the Subaru BRZ. At 22 minutes this video has plenty of depth to it as well. There’s measured performance data, a road review as well as a track comparison (including this nifty side-by-side battle for the best lap).

So, which is the best budget rear-wheel drive you can buy, the “toylike” MX-5 or the “just as fast as you need” Toybaru?

A reminder, too, that the fourth generation MX-5 will be in Australian showrooms this month. Like, right now!


Mazda Australia slashes MX-5 pricing

2014 ND Mazda MX-5

Mazda Australia really wants you to buy the all-new fourth-generation MX-5. We know this because they’ve slashed over $15,000 from the price of the entry-level model.

The ND Mazda MX-5 will be in local showrooms from August and is priced from $31,990 plus on road costs.

The base model Roadster will feature a 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine producing a modest 96kW/150Nm. Let’s face it, this won’t be a quick car, but outright speed has never been the MX-5’s strength.

It’s what you don’t get with an MX-5 that helps to make it a special driving experience and that’s weight, or lack of it. The new MX-5 will weigh in at a miserly 1009kg, almost 100kg less than the previous NC model.

For those who do want more power a 2.0 litre model will be added to the range later in the year.

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An early look at the new MX-5

2014 ND Mazda MX-5

Mazda has just thrown the keys to a base model pre-production MX-5 to a handful of motoring journos. The MX-5 is never going to win any horsepower wars and the test cars have been powered by a 1.5 litre/130hp normally aspirated engine which eschews the car’s raison d’être.

The MX-5 is about being nimble, basic and a hoot to drive. This fourth-gen iteration is smaller than its three brethren and weighs just 1000kg. So has Mazda put it all together and nailed its brief? Watch the clips below to find out.

[Thanks to Wayne for the tip]

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Mazda announces Global MX-5 Cup

Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car

For as long as there’s been an Mazda MX-5 owners have been taking the lightweight sportscars to the track. There’s still a very active following of MX-5 clubs around the world and that legacy will continue and be taken to the next level with the announcement of the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup.

This Global MX-5 Cup concept car, based on the fourth-gen roadster, was launched at SEMA during the week and it looks fantastic. Technical details are yet to be released, but as a one-make series with identical cars it doesn’t matter too much anyway.

The competition won’t launch until 2016, so next year will be a planning year and Mazda says announcements for the countries to take part in the global series will be made as they’re confirmed.

The series will end with a massive shindig and competition at Mazda Raceway in California, aka Laguna Seca. Like the car itself, this sounds like a lot of fun!

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Watch the US launch of the new Mazda MX-5

ND Mazda MX-5 launch from Monterey, California

If you couldn’t watch the live stream of yesterday’s US launch of the Mazda MX-5 then you’re in luck, because it’s available for you after the break.

Hosting the event from Monterey in Calfornia was Derek Jenkins, Mazda Director of Design. As we’ve come to realise there wasn’t a lot of technical detail revealed in this launch but it’s still interesting to hear Jenkins talk through some of the design aspects of the new MX-5.

Besides, what could be better than watching a car launch with a bunch of whooping and hollering Americans!


Fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 revealed

2014 ND Mazda MX-5

So we now have our hands on all the press material Mazda has released with this initial launch of the fourth-generation MX-5. We can say that we do like the design quite a lot at first viewing in this two-dimensional form.

This ND MX-5 is the most different from its three predecessors, although Mazda will tell you differently. That’s no bad thing, though, because the company’s current Kodo design language is kicking goals across various product lines. Mazda’s cars do generally look very good and this new MX-5 is no exception. Perhaps more than ever this MX-5 looks as much fun as it should be to drive.

What we can’t bring you is any detailed technical specification. There’s 15 or so images, a brief press release and not much else. We know the new car will be around 100kg lighter than the old model. And we know it will have Skyactiv-G petrol engines “specially tuned for the MX-5.”

The new MX-5 won’t go on sale until 2015 so we expect full tech specs will be released in due course. We’ll bring them to you when we can. Until then take the jump to see everything we’ve got.


Yes, this is the new Mazda MX-5

2014 ND Mazda MX-5

The leak was right, this is the fourth generation Mazda MX-5. Full technical details and more pictures will follow later today. The good news is the ND MX-5 is 100kg less than the model it replaces and has the lowest centre of gravity of any MX-5 yet built. It will feature Mazda’s Skyactiv-G petrol engines and is the first rear-wheel drive model to use a Skyactiv-chassis.


Is this the new Mazda MX-5?

ND Mazda MX-5 rendering

The fourth generation ND Mazda MX-5 will be revealed with a special worldwide launch later today (well, early tomorrow morning for us Australians) and while renderings come and go, this one has a bit more behind it.

It was first posted to the forum’s California section on Monday by a user called sethofdeath with the words “2016 Mazda MX-5”. Some cyber sleuthing by forum members came up with the conclusion that the image was submitted by Seth Elson, currently a Production/Accessory Engineer with Mazda North Americam Operations. And where is the US launch taking place? Monterey, California. Hmm, makes you think, doesn’t it.

Moreover, the general shape tends to match that of a spy video captured early last month (see below). And while we think the Kodo-inspired rendering by Theophilus Chin is much nicer this rendering isn’t half bad, even if it does have a very BMW Z4-like rear end.

We’ll have the answer for you tomorrow morning.


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Waiting for the karma bus to arrive

Mazda MX-5 crash at Croft

More often than not track days are fun. If you like them the next step is amateur level club racing. That can be fun too. You get out on track, with like minded souls wanting to push themselves and their cars to the limits.

Sadly, sometimes some club racers confuse ambition for talent. Sometimes they confuse fun for win at all costs. And sometimes that ends up in arsehole moves like you can see in this video.

Thankfully, the affected driver walked away unharmed from this totally unavoidable incident which took place recently at Croft in the UK. Just make sure you watch the video again, and pay special attention to the head movements of the red baron.

This happened on lap three of a schedule which consisted of two 30 minute races. We’re only seeing one side of the story here, of course, but it’s pretty hard to mount a defence for the dickhead in the red MX-5.

Unfortunately the camera car ended up as a total write off. If you feel strongly enough about the plight of our unsuspecting victim, follow this link and lend a hand.

[Thanks to Pete for the tip]


2013 Mazda MX-5 ready to order

2013 Mazda MX-5

Mazda Australia brings word the facelifted MX-5 is now available for order, with the first local deliveries expect in late Spring.

In addition to the cosmetic changes you can see here, Mazda has also fiddled with the throttle mapping and brake booster. They say that results in sharper throttle response and enhanced braking feel.

Mazda Australia’s national marketing manager, Alastair Doak, said: “The MX-5 is an iconic car that just got better. The MX-5 is the world’s best-selling two-seater roadster and these latest design and dynamic upgrades should see it remain firmly on the shopping lists of buyers looking for fun, open-top driving.”


2013 Mazda MX-5 facelift revealed

2013 Mazda MX-5 (NC3)

Mazda Europe has announced they will have the upgraded MX-5 on sale in the coming months and given us a good preview of the latest (NC3) facelift at the same time.

There’s not a lot of detail go on at this stage and only three photos. Apparently the restyled front is “more aggressive-looking and contributes to optimal aerodynamic performance.”

Elsewhere the throttle response on models with a manual transmission has been improved, so too has the braking feel on corner entry. All part of Mazda’s Jinba Ittai “one-with-the-car” philosophy.

Pedestrians will appreciate the active bonnet and shapely front bumper treatment, both designed to make car–pedestrian accidents more comfortable experience for the pedestrians.

There’s no word from Mazda Australia on the new facelift just yet, but with the NC3 already rolling down the production line we expect it won’t be too long before we seeing them on our roads.


Mazda MX-5 NC3 facelift leaked

Mazda MX-5 NC3 facelift

The leaks keep on coming, this time it’s the third iteration of the NC Mazda MX-5, shown here via images from a Japanese product brochure. First released in 2005 the current model MX-5 received a makeover in 2008, which we think looks like being the most successful from a visual point of view.

This new version of the MX-5 has the extra burden of carrying Mazda’s sports car range, following the recent demise of the RX-8. The styling tweaks to the front are the most obvious, noting the reworked fog-light/brake duct openings and the revised front grille.

Under the skin, the new MX-5 will feature an active bonnet designed to limit injuries sustained by pedestrians in the event of car–pedestrian contact.

[Source: Carscoop]