• 2006 Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe

    Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe

Mazda unveiled the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe at the British International Show. The MX-5 Roadster Coupe is a brand-new counterpart to the third-generation MX-5, which was launched in 2005.

Featuring a new, unique power retractable hard top roof, this is an all-new addition to the third-generation Mazda MX-5 which has been celebrated globally since 2005. This new Mazda MX-5 model provides a unified sense of driving exhilaration, ready to spread the fun of lightweight sports cars in diverse and distinct new ways.

“Jinba Ittai”—or ’rider and horse as one’ is the essence of Mazda MX-5, the expression reflecting the emotional connection between a horse and rider and is the purest essence of Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom spirit. Oneness is the cornerstone of the “Jinba Ittai” driving experience and occurs when the boundaries between driver and vehicle melt away and create one single being. Essentially, Jinba Ittai is a celebration of the simple delights of driving a lightweight, nimble, open-air roadster, and anyone who has driven a Miata knows the feeling.

While no body panels have been left unchanged, the 2006 MX-5 is still very definitely a small Mazda roadster. From the rear it is most similar to the earlier models, while the fender treatment and the lines cut into the hood establish a family resemblance to the RX-8. At the front, the oval grille and slit-like projector-beam headlights give it a look that combines classic European design with the contemporary Japanese idiom. A longer hood and shorter rear deck accentuate the new Miata’s sports car proportions, and the wheels fill the wheel arches well. It has the look of a high-performance car without being a steroid-injected caricature.

The Power Retractable Hard Top is a world first in that it retracts into the back of the cabin, thereby precluding any impact on the boot space. Users benefit from quick, smooth, confidence-inspiring roof operation and from a special adaptation of the wind-control technologies of the soft-top model.

The MX-5 Roadster Coupe is available in a range of seven body colours including two newly created ones: Stormy Blue Mica and Highland Green Mica. The two new colours replace two that were introduced with the soft-top model. They each combine a look of sportiness with a lustrous appearance that creates striking contrasts (vivid where light falls on the body; deep and subdued in shaded areas) and conveys a sense of quality. The other available body colours are Copper Red Mica, Galaxy Grey Mica, Sunlight Silver Metallic, and two ‘solids’: True Red and Brilliant Black.

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  (336) posted on 01.27.2011

Essentially, Jinba Ittai is a celebration of the simple delights of driving a lightweight, nimble, open-air roadster, and anyone who has driven a Miata knows the feeling

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