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2013 Mazda MX-5 GT Jota


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At the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed , Mazda unveiled the MX-5 GT Concept . Because the GT Concept’s reception was so warm, the folks at Jota decided to produce this concept and add a little more pep to its step.

The new MX-5 GT Jota is based on the MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre Sport Tech version, but Jota added a more powerful engine, an updated exterior look and a sportier cabin. What’s even cooler is that the new GT Jota is about 1.5 seconds faster to 60 mph than a base MX-5.

The new MX-5 GT Jota checks in at £29,995 (about $48,500 at the current exchange rates). It will be sold exclusively by Le Mans race specialists Jota, so only the British customers will have the chance to enjoy it. For now, us Americans will simply have to wait until Mazda decides to bring back the Mazdaspeed MX-5 project.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 GT Jota.

Exterior

Mazda MX-5 GT Concept

The new MX-5 Jota is already quite the looker, thanks to those sexy MX-5 lines, but Jota added even more to the package to set it apart from the crowd. The base setup includes a set of anthracite alloy wheels and a carbon-fiber rear diuffuser for enhanced aerodynamics.

For buyers looking for that more custom appearance and even better aerodynamics, you can opt for a carbon front splitter and a carbon-fiber rear boot lip spoiler.

Each car is hand-finished to order at Jota.

Interior

Mazda MX-5 GT Concept

On the inside, Jota took things pretty easy. The onloy addition of note are the leather Recaro seats offered in three colors: White Pearl, True Red and Aluminum Silver Metallic. More additions and options may make their way into the package as Jota feels its way around customer demands.

Drivetrain

Mazda MX-5 GT Concept

When Mazda gave Jota its blessings to create the MX-5 GT Jota, it was clear in its expectations: deliver more than 200 horsepower, improve the handling and do not compromise the car’s fun-to-drive nature.

Jota was more than happy to oblige by tuning the 2.0-liter, four-pot engine to 203 horsepower — a 43-horsepower gain over the stock MX-5 Sport Tech — without the use of forced induction. As a result, the new MX-5 Jota sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds - an improvement of 1.5 second over the base MX-5 Sport Tech — while top speed is limited to 140 mph.

Prices

The new MX-5 Jota is priced at £29,995 (about $48,500 at the current exchange rates). It is sold exclusively by Le Mans race specialists Jota and through prominent Mazda dealer Lodge Garage in Aylesbury.

Competition

Mini Roadster

Mini Roadster

Mini’s new Coupe and Roadster model are not enjoying a great deal of success on the market, but the MX-5 still need to periodically check its rearview mirror for its Mini competitor.

The Mini Roadster is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 122 horsepower in its base format. The S version delivers a more respectable 184 horsepower, which is still about 20 horsepower less than in the new MX-5 GT Jota.

The Mini Roadster JCW, on the other hand, delivers a total of 211 horsepower, sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds and has a 147 mph top speed. To make matters worse for the MX-5 GT Jota, the Mini Roadster JCW checks in at just £24,790 — £5,205 less than the MX-5 GT Jota.

BMW Z4

BMW Z4

The BMW Z4 is definitely one of our favorite roadsters on the market, and British customers can choose between a wide range of variants: sDrive18i delivering 156-horsepower; sDrive20i with a 184-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine; sDrive28i with a 245-horsepower, 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine; sDrive35i with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder that delivers 306 horsepower; and an sDrive35is with a 340-horsepower version of the TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter engine.

Conclusion

Mazda MX-5 GT Concept

The new MX-5 GT Jota could be the last version of the current generation MX-5, so it’s no surprise that Mazda tried so hard to make it special. The only problem is that only the British customers will have the chance to enjoy it, but we may be able to snag one in the grey market.

LOVE IT
  • Tons more power than the base model
  • Carbon fiber elements
  • Pretty quick to 60 mph
LEAVE IT
  • Only for the UK market
  • Pricier than the competition

*Image Note: Many of the images in this review are of the MX-5 [MX-5 GT Concept

The Jota Mazda MX-5 GT, first shown at Goodwood in 2012, is now available for customers wanting more power and performance from the world’s best-selling roadster.

The Jota Mazda MX-5 GT will be sold by Le Mans race specialists Jota and through prominent Mazda dealer Lodge Garage in Aylesbury.

Since the Mazda MX-5 was launched in 1990 there has been customer demand for a higher power version, but one that remains true to the original philosophy of the MX-5 - affordable fun with usable power and great handling.

Race specialists Jota started the development of the Jota Mazda MX-5 GT early in 2012, the brief from Mazda was to increase the power to over 200 bhp and improve the handling without compromising the award winning characteristics of the standard car. The Jota Mazda MX-5 GT debuted at Goodwood in 2012 and received considerable praise and interest from potential customers.

Based on the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre Sport Tech, the Jota Mazda MX-5 GT develops 203 bhp from a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine and is priced at £29,995.

With a 0 - 60mph time of just 6.4 seconds, the Jota Mazda MX-5 GT cuts a full 1.5 seconds off the standard car with minimal change to fuel consumption and hits a limited top speed of 140mph.

With uprated Bilstein dampened suspension and a rear carbon fibre diffuser, to improve aerodynamics, the car has had its handling sharpened to match the increase in power and make the Jota Mazda MX-5 GT a focused driver’s car.

The Jota Mazda MX-5 GT has been designed to offer a power and handling package that improves the driving experience. Smooth linear acceleration from the normally aspirated engine combines with the handling that has won the MX-5 awards over the last 23 years and remains true to the original MX-5 concept.

In addition to the uprated power and carbon rear diffuser the Jota Mazda MX-5 GT also features leather Recaro seats and will come in three colours, white pearl, true red and aluminium silver metallic, all with a brilliant black roof and anthracite alloy wheels.

Customers can further enhance their vehicles with the option of a carbon rear boot lip spoiler, a carbon front splitter and Jota’s road and track Öhlins suspension kit.

Following a year of development and testing Mazda handed over the project in its entirety to Jota in 2013 for the Le Mans specialist race team to take the car to market independently as a Jota Mazda MX-5 GT. The vehicles will be hand-finished to order at Jota and available for sale through Jota and prominent Mazda dealer Lodge Garage. Service intervals are the same as a standard Mazda MX-5 and after sales support is available through out the Mazda dealer network. Each car will be a post registration modification maintaining the comprehensive 3 year standard Mazda warranty for all non modified parts with an aftermarket extension to cover all modified parts.



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