If you haven’t heard anything about the MX-5 in the past few months it’s only because Mazda is quietly preparing to unleash the new generation soon. Still, in order to keep our attention focused on the model, Mazda announced today the MX-5 Sport Graphite. This release comes as no big surprise, as the MX-5 remains the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car with almost 1,000,000 units sold around the globe.
The model was initially unveiled in 1989 and it is currently in its third generation. All the three generations were built with the "Jinba ittai" credo in mind, which can be translated as "rider and horse should be one body."
What makes the MX-5 so cool is the fact that it managed to keep its origins during all the three generations, and each one was an evolution of the previous one.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 Sport Graphite.
The new MX-5 Sport Graphite was inspired by the urban design and is offered in four exterior colors: Aquatic Blue Mica, Zeal Red Mica or Aluminum Silver Metallic. Each color is combined with a contrasting "Meteor Gray" retractable hard top roof and glossy, dark-grey fashion bars. Each model is further distinguished by a series of "Sport Graphite" badges.
- 17-inch dark gunmetal alloy wheels
- Stainless-steel scuff plates
- body-colored door handles
For the interior, the new Sport Graphite offers heated black leather seats with unique grey stitching, a leather steering wheel with glossy, dark-grey spokes and dashboard panel. It also gets alloy pedals and unique floor mats with grey piping for an additional cost.
- 5.8-inch TomTom navigation system with integrated Bluetooth hands-free kit
- CD radio with Auxiliary jack and six speakers
- Electric windows
- Electric adjustable mirrors with heating function
The new MX-5 Sport Graphite come with a choice of two engine options. The base model features a 1.8-liter engine with 126 horsepower and the optional setup is a 2.0-liter engine with 160 horsepower. The 1.8-liter engine nets the Sport Graphite Limited Edition a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 9.9 seconds and the 2.0-liter drops the time to 7.9 seconds.
The new MX-5 Sport Graphite Limited Edition is priced from £20,995 (about $32,000 at the current exchange rates) and it will not make its way to the U.S. market, from our understanding. All customers will also get a signed limited-copy graphite pencil drawing of the car.
While not as successful as the MX-5, the Mini Roadster is a cool twist on the Cooper city car. In its base format, the Mini Roadster’s 1.6-liter four-banger puts down a respectable 122 horsepower and hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.2 seconds. Jumping to the S variant nets a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine that sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 7 seconds. The SD model tosses in a peppy turbo-diesel engine that produces 143 horsepower and launches to 100 km/h (62 mph in just 8.1 seconds. Lastly, the John Cooper Works model bumps the Roadster to 211 horsepower and nets it a sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.5 seconds.
In the UK, these models start at £18,055, £20,940, £21,660 and £24,790, respectively.
Gallery Mini Roadster
A much more expensive alternative is the BMW Z4. In the UK market, the Z4 is offered in a slew of configurations: an sDrive18i with a 156-horsepower, an sDrive20i with a 184-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine 2.0-liter engine; an sDrive28i with a 245-horsepower, 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter engine; an sDrive35i with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder that pumps out 306 horsepower; and an sDrive35is with a 340-horsepower version of the TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter engine.
These models sprint to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, 6.9 seconds, 5.7 seconds, 5.2 seconds and 4.8 seconds, respectively.
The Z4 starts at £27,610 for the manual transmission-equipped sDrive18i model and peaks at £45,795 for the sDrive35is.
Gallery BMW Z4
The Mazda MX-5 remains one of the coolest alternatives for those customers looking for a cheap sports roadster for these hot summer days. And with the new Sport Graphite Limited Edition it got even more interesting. Too bad the new special edition is only offered on the British market.
- Two engines to choose from
- Lots of updates for both the exterior and the interior
- Highly equipped
- Just for the British market
Gallery Mazda MX-5 Sport Graphite
Delivering top-of-the-range specification, unique styling and sporty performance, the Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ Roadster Coupe is on sale now ready for summer, offering Mazda customers a stunning new limited edition of the world’s best-selling two-seater sportscar.
Inspired by urban design, the new model’s exterior features eye-catching paint finishes that are unique to this model – Aquatic Blue Mica, Zeal Red Mica or Aluminium Silver Metallic – with a contrasting ‘Meteor Grey’ retractable hard top roof to create a highly distinctive appearance. The ‘Sport Graphite’ model is available with two engine options: the spirited 126ps, 1.8-litre or the sporty 160ps, 2.0-litre. Both derivatives feature the generous equipment levels of the standard model enhanced with an array of extra items.
Every ‘Sport Graphite’ gains 17-inch dark gunmetal alloy wheels, black leather heated seats with unique grey stitching, 5.8-inch TomTom navigation system with integrated Bluetooth® hands-free kit, glossy dark grey fashion bars, colour-co-ordinated retractable hard-top roof and door mirrors all in striking Meteor Grey, and limited edition badges on the exterior and interior.
The design cues flow through to the interior of the Sport Graphite, with the unique grey stitching extended to the leather steering wheel and handbrake; glossy dark grey steering wheel spokes and dashboard panel; an alloy pedal set; and MX-5 floor mats with unique grey piping (additional cost).
The generous standard specification of the limited edition MX-5 models also include: stainless steel scuff plates, body-coloured door handles, side, driver and passenger airbags, CD radio with Auxiliary jack and six speakers, electric windows, electric adjustable mirrors with heating function and climate control air-conditioning. For optimum handling stability, all MX-5 models also feature Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS). While the 2-litre Roadster Coupe model is also equipped with a Limited Slip Differential (LSD), cruise control, auto-dimming rear view mirror and Bilstein suspension.
Each Mazda dealer is offering the first buyer of the Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’, a signed limited copy graphite pencil drawing of the car. Drawn exclusively for Mazda by hyperrealist artist Paul Cadden, the 47 year old artist from Scotland, recreates photos or stills in amazing detail just using a graphite pencil, drawings that are often mistaken for photographs.
The new Sport Graphite models represent excellent value. In the case of the 2.0-litre model there is an £800 saving against the equivalent Mazda MX-5 Sport Tech Nav.
“The introduction of the Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ this summer embraces everything our immensely popular sportscar stands for, fun-to-drive with spirited performance and premium levels of specification, with the added benefit of distinct styling for those who dare to be different,” comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK. “With just 500 models available in the UK, the ‘Sport Graphite’ is sure to be highly sought-after, offering exclusivity to owners of Mazda’s latest enhancement to the range of MX-5 sportscars and an excuse to escape the city.”
Until the end of September 2013, Mazda is making the new Limited Edition Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ highly accessible to its customers through some fantastic offers. Customers can take advantage of Representative 0% APR* finance with zero deposit and low-cost monthly payments from just £300. In addition, customers buying their new car with a Mazda PCP finance package will be offered a generous deposit contribution of £1,155, plus an additional ‘customer saving’ of £750 is available to all buyers of the Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’.
Current Mazda MX-5 owners will also qualify for a loyalty bonus of £500, with no requirement to part-exchange their existing vehicle.