Mazda MX5 Miata

Mazda MX5 Miata

With a history dating back all the way to 1990, the Mazda MX-5 Turbo is turning the big 2-0 this year. That may not sound like a lot in human years - heck, we can’t even drink until 21 - but for an automaker, 20 is a long time for one model. And to celebrate this momentous occasion, BBR has unveiled the special edition MX-5 Turbo Anniversary Edition.

The package is based on the original 1990 150 bhp MX-5 turbo kit whose 1.6L engine gets tweaked to deliver 221 hp at 6,900 rpm and 175 lb-ft of torque at 5,100 rpm. Mazda’s 1.8L engine has also seen a performance increase, but those numbers have yet to be revealed. To attain these increases, BBR added a Garrett GT25 ball bearing turbocharger with integral waste gate control, a water cooling and ported turbine housing with ceramic coating, a new stainless steel exhaust system, and an auxiliary BBR Interceptor 2010 engine management computer with 3-dimensional mapping and external manifold pressure sensor.

BBR also hooked the celebratory edition of the Mazda MX-5 Turbo with full leather seats and any exterior paint color the customer chooses. Those won;t do much to control the new power added to the vehicle so BBR took care of that with a big brake kit with larger calipers, a limited slip differential, and a new set of light alloy wheels.

Press release after the jump.

Last month we got news that the boys from Top Gear were hanging out on the other side of the world in some not-so-extravagant vehicles. In an effort to make a joke, we compared them to the Three Wise Men heading off into the desert. Turns out, we were kind of right.

For Top Gear’s Christmas special, the trio of Clarkson, Hammond, and May are following the same route as the Three Wise Men. The only problem is the Bible says the Three Wise men followed the Star to find baby Jesus, so what route are the boys taking?

Making a few suppositions, Top Gear will start their trip from Persia, then head to Iraq - the "Cradle of Civilisation" before following the Euphrates up in to Syria and then down in to Jordan. After that, they head for Israel. And while the Biblical men were riding three camels, Top Gear will take their trip in a BMW Z3 , a Fiat Barchetta , and a Mazda MX-5 .

Source: Carsuk

If anybody knows anything about lightweight sports cars, Mazda does. As the creator of one of history’s most popular lightweight sports car – the MX-5 Miata – Mazda understands the objective of building a car that takes into account weight and efficiency better than anybody else. After all, for a speedster like the MX-5, it only weighed 2,300 pounds in its first generation.

It is through their understanding of this principle that Mazda was able to transfer their understanding about the intricacies of the MX-5 to build the vehicle that they’re entering into the 2010 LA Design Challenge – the MX-0.

Taking into account the theme of this year’s LA Design Challenge of emphasizing the need for minimizing the use of the planet’s resources while building a car that’s efficient, lightweight – no more than 1,000 lbs – comfortable, and safe without sacrificing the design elements that would make it attractive to consumers, Mazda is basing the MX-0 on the ideology of the MX-5, albeit using parts that are lighter and simpler than the ones found in the Miata, all while not compromising the car’s overall performance.

Mazda is envisioning the MX-0 as a vehicle that is powered by high-torque electric motors with an off-the-charts power-to-weight ration, resulting in a vehicle that comes with unrivaled power and balance, able to fly off the block and perform seamless cornering. A vehicle, suffice to say, that isn’t so much used for driving as it is for flying.

Through the low volume use of energy and minimal use of raw materials to power it, the MX-0 figures to be a car that’s made for the future, a future that puts great importance on sustainable, inexpensive composites with clean-running powertrains, resulting in a car that’s not only good for the masses, but even better for the environment.

Press Release after the jump.

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We like anniversaries at TopSpeed, mostly because we get to see some really impressive special editions of stock vehicles. Yet, as is life, there are some that are just a waste of road space. These machines take a good car and paint it with a unique color, add some badges, and charge a massive sum for the whole kit. That’s like celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary at a Burger King with a fancy upper level.

The Mazda MX-5 Super20 doesn’t have this issue. Not to mention the fact that the normal MX-5 was one hell of a machine. Ever since it was launched it has sold by the millions and become the quintessential British roadster, despite the fact it’s not even built in the UK.

So, what does the MX-5 Super20 offer that the normal version doesn’t. Well, we have put together a preview of this anniversary addition below.

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Mazda is taking its aftermarket accessories to the track with the MX-5 Cup Car on display at the SEMA Auto Show this week. This model has already had an impressive racing career since its launch in 2006, thanks in part to its lean weight of 2,600 pounds and its authoritative 195 HP motor mated to a stock six-speed gearbox.

The MX-5 received a few tweaks here and there to get the sports car ready for the track. North American design director, Derek Jenkins, was assigned the task of getting this sports car, as well as some Mazda2s , another MX-5 , a couple of Mazda3s , and an RX-8 , ready for their SEMA debut.

"The versatility of Mazda vehicles is extraordinary. With just minor modifications to a stock Mazda, it can be ready for the track or a car show. Our SEMA cars demonstrate this ability; taking a vehicle from the dealership and making it a truly unique piece."

The transformation for the MX-5 began with a MAZDASPEED cold air intake system, and a 3-piece front strut tower brace for the chassis. After that it was time to put in the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Devel Devel opment MX-5 Cup kit. This kit includes double adjustable shocks, specified springs, and threaded-perch coil-overs. Every Mazda sports cars on the show floor this year run identical anti-roll bars and end links.

All this car needs now is a track to race on!

Press release after the jump.

Those boys from Top Gear are just racking up their frequent flyer miles, aren’t they?

A few weeks ago, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May trooped to the US to do a number of scenes for season 15 of Top Gear. Now, the troika has once again been spotted in a foreign land about half a world away from US soil.

Yep, photos of the boys have been taken while filming somewhere between Jordan and Israel. From these photos, we see them riding a bunch of sports cars – not to the level of the Ferraris, Mercedes, and Porsches they were spotted driving around the US – that includes a cow-looking BMW Z3 , a dinged up and muddy Fiat Barchetta , and a very colorful Mazda MX-5 roadster with a shisha on the side.

We don’t know what these chaps are doing with these cars, but given their nature of off-beat drives and wacky races, we’re guessing that it falls somewhere along those lines. There’s also word that they might be on their way to Nazareth, which is where Jesus himself lived for quite some time. Talk about a reincarnated version of the Three Kings riding sports cars instead of camels.

Source: HW Zone

During an interview at the Paris Auto Show, Kia design boss Peter Schreyer said that Kia is taking under consideration building a small sports car that will take on models like Mazda MX-5 . A production version might arrive in 2013 and it will be based on a shortened version of parent brand Hyundai’s Genesis rear-wheel drive architecture.

"I think it would be great, a car like that," Schreyer said. "I think the MX-5 has done a lot for Mazda . There are MX-5 enthusiast clubs and racing and it is an important part of Mazda." However, when asked about the progress made to the car, he said: "Don’t ask me so difficult questions."

As for the next generation Mazda MX-5 it will arrive on the market in 2012. Under the hood Mazda will place both a 1,2 and a 1,3 liter engine, but also a new rotary engine. Output will be in the 200 HP area. So expect the new Kia model to deliver the same output.

Source: Drive

There’s no denying the popularity of the Mazda MX-5 Miata . It’s so popular that a meeting of 459 Miata owners from all corners of the world at a meet in Essen, Germany doesn’t look impressive enough. Except that it is; impressive enough that it landed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest MX-5 meet in, like, ever.

Owners from 16 countries participated in the record-breaking meet, which was held at UNESCO’s Zollverein World Heritage site. What’s even more impressive is that the number of Miatas could have easily been more than 459 had the event organizers not turned down some of the applicants from participating.

All in all, the 459 Miatas eclipsed the previous record of 249 models that was previously set in New Zealand. Like we said, 459 isn’t that big a number considering the number of MX-5’s loitering around the streets of the world, but hey, a record’s a record, right?

That, in itself, is something all those attending owners should be very proud of.

Chalk up another achievement for Mazda and it’s iconic roadster, the MX-5 .

Twenty years after the roadster landed in the UK, the MX-5, aka the Miata, hit the ever-prestigious 100,000 units sold. It has been widely regarded that the MX-5 is one of the most popular vehicles of all time and the roadster has been a hot seller in the UK since it first arrived in 1989, compromising of over 10% of the vehicle’s global sales figures.

The Miata’s popularity in the land of fish and chips reached its apex a few years ago in 2007 when the venerable roadster sold an unprecedented 9,234 units in the UK alone.

Mark Cameron, sales director of Mazda UK, made no bones about the appeal of the MX-5 to the British car-buying market. “We are the biggest market for this car due to our love of open-top two seat sportscars”, he said.

“The Mazda MX-5 finds its roots in the British heritage of soft top sportscars and has been loved by British motorists since the day it arrived on these shores.”

It’s quite an achievement to sell 100,000 models of the same car encompassing three generations in one country alone. So let’s toast a cup of tea to Mazda for the milestone achievement. At the rate it’s going, we won’t be surprised if the MX-5 continues to sell like pancakes across the pond.

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We have some new details for you on the new next-generationMazda MX-5. This will be the last car – except for the new 5 - to carry the Nagare design language and it should hit dealers around 2012.

The current MX-5 has gained a bit of weight since its creation in 1989, but Mazda is putting the sports car on a diet. The company’s engineers are worried that the MX-5 is getting a tad too fat, so they will focus on reducing the car’s weight for the next-generation model.

Mazda has set a target weight of 2,200 pounds for the next MX-5. That is roughly 300 pounds off of the current car’s weight. The car will also drop the 2.0-liter motor in favor of a 1.6-liter and an optional 1.8-liter.

The standard gearbox will be a six-speed manual, but buyers who don’t want to use this car to it’s full potential can get a dual-clutch semi-automatic. We aren’t sure if a hardtop version will be available, but there will most likely be one. We can’t wait.

Source: Autocar

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