New range-topping U.K. trim unlocks more goodies for the 2020 MX-5

Let’s be honest: the current-gen Mazda MX-5 ‘Miata’ is becoming pretty long in the tooth. The fourth-gen MX-5 (codenamed ND) was shown six years ago and entered the market in 2015. So it’s only natural that Mazda is doing its best to keep it fresh and appealing. This time, the Japanese carmaker focused on the U.K. market, with the so-called GT Sport Tech treatment. Here’s what it’s all about.

A mid-life update and then some

2020 Mazda MX-5 GT Sport Tech Exterior
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The updated 2020 MX-5 can be ordered in the U.K. as of March 2020, but due to the corona news flooding every outlet, you might have missed the news.

Speaking of which, there’s a new range-topping trim meant to lure in buyers, and it’s called the GT Sport Tech.

Mazda decided to offer it solely in combination with the 2.0-liter, 181 horsepower Skyactiv-G petrol engine.

2020 Mazda MX-5 GT Sport Tech Drivetrain
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As you probably know, the mill was introduced in 2018 and it features lighter pistons, upgraded camshafts, new exhaust valves, and optimized fuel injectors, as well as a notable power bump over the 158-horsepower version launched in 2015, when the MX-5 made its debut. 0-62 mph now takes 6.5 seconds. Other mechanical tweaks consist of a limited-slip diff, Bilstein dampers, and a front strut brace.

What’s new for the GT Sport Tech, exactly?

2020 Mazda MX-5 GT Sport Tech Exterior
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Visual stuff, mostly:

  • 17-inch BBS alloy wheels
  • Burgundy Nappa leather seats
  • Polymetal Grey Metallic paint (also available on the other trims)
  • Adaptive LED lights
  • Reversing camera
2020 Mazda MX-5 GT Sport Tech Exterior
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At the same time, Mazda doubled down on safety features (they also apply to lesser models) starting with the Sport time and above. These include lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and brake support at city speeds.

Prices for the U.K. version of the 2020 Mazda Miata start at £23,800, but that will only get you the entry-level SE-L. GT Sport Tech, on the other hand, starts at £29,905.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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