Mazda MX5 Turns 30
The mighty MX5 hits the big 3-0 this year and that’s something worth celebrating. It has not just been one of the great sports cars but also one of the most affordable and reliable. And this 4th generation ND model is on sale at the moment. What better way to celebrate a milestone birthday than buying yourself one as a present.
With over 1 million MX-5s rolling off the assembly line it has long been the best selling roadster of all time and the reason for that success is down to clever design, fun driving experience and reliability.
The latest incarnation of the MX5 is the ND model and it does the name proud. With most new cars getting bigger than the models they replace the latest MX5 is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the NC. Indeed it’s a return to the original concept that was born in 1989. It’s light, compact, has a small 1.5L engine that revs hard making it more about balance and nimbleness than outright power and speed. Where it does differ from its distant cousin is safety. The ND has 4 airbags, stability and traction control and brake force distribution. However, it may be safer than the original car but it hasn’t lost its charm or its sense of fun.
Happy birthday MX5, may there be many more to come.