2014 Mazda MX-5 | new car review
While other manufacturers race to cram tech into their vehicles, Mazda's MX-5 is a true sports car that focuses on being a car, rather than a computer.
Slightly on the pricier side since Toyota's 86 provides around the same amount of kicks for a lot less dough.
Incubated in the year 1989, the MX-5 has matured from its childhood and adolescent days, into a jaw-droppingly handsome adult. Currently in its third generation, it’s lost all its baby fat and looks the finest it ever has. While oval headlamps sink into the bodywork, the gun metal hued alloys and flared wheel arches work wonders at making the Japanese roadster stand out.
Simplicity at its finest, the 2014 Mazda MX-5 isn’t equipped with a touchscreen infotainment screen or as many buttons as an airline cockpit. Instead, it focuses its efforts at being a true sports car and ditches the tech for a set of snug racing seats, a steering wheel that slides into your hands like a sword into a sheath and a gear lever that begs you to shift, just for the heck of it!
The MX-5’s near perfect 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution is crucial to its legendary handling. Its front-midship-engine placement and rear-wheel-drive layout enhance balance and directional control. Helping to keep the MX-5 firmly anchored to the pavement is a track-tuned suspension that delivers superb handling and directional stability by combining a sophisticated double-wishbone layout up front with an advanced multilink setup in the rear.
At the heart of the 2014 Mazda MX-5 is a 2.0 litre in-line 4-cylinder engine that churns out 166 horsepower at 6,700 RPM and 190 Nm of torque at 5,000 RPM. Mated to a six speed transmission, which delivers power through the rear wheels, the striking roadster touches the 100 km/h mark from a standstill in a breezy 7.9 seconds.
With a price tag of AED 130,000, there’s not a lot that comes close to the 2014 Mazda MX-5 in terms of being a true, no non-sense sports car. Although Toyota’s 86 could provide you with nearly the same amount of driving kicks for significantly less, the Japanese roadster is the one you’d want in your garage. Because at the end of the day, who wouldn’t love a car that shamelessly and seductively takes its top off in public?