New Mazda MX-5 to be cheaper than Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ
The new Mazda MX-5 convertible will start from just $31,990 plus on road costs when it hits Aussie showrooms around mid-August. When launched in 1989, the original NA MX-5 was priced from $29,990 and lacked the performance, entertainment and safety equipment of the all-new ND model.
At launch, the new MX-5 will be available in two variants: the base model Roadster and the up-spec Roadster GT. Both models are fitted with a 1.5 litre four-cylinder engine equipped with Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G technology. The powerplant produces 96kW of power and 150Nm of torque and is mated to either a SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic or SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission.
A more powerful 2.0 litre model will join the range later in the year.
The MX-5’s size and weight are down too, with the ND MX-5 measuring just 3,915mm long, 1,730mm wide, 1,235mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,315mm and front and rear overhangs have been taken in by 760mm and 840mm respectively. These dimensions make the newest MX-5 the shortest yet.
The little sportster tips the scales at just 1,009kg, 91kg lighter than the outgoing 2.0 litre model.
These figures suggest that the new Mazda may have the ever popular Toyota 86 and its Subaru BRZ cousin slugging it out further for the cheap sports car popularity contest down under.