Driven: Mazda MX-5 2.0 – heightened sensation

Driven: Mazda MX-5 2
Приводимый в действие: Мазда МХ-5-й 2

Just enough room for serious work behind the wheel, nothing more. The lack of conveniently located warehouse space is something MX-5 owners have to get used to. No door pockets and only a small slot under the AC controls for your mobile. Keys and access card have to go in the tiny cubby under the armrest, smart tags in the holder, the wallet between the legs.

Click next and you’ll appreciate a pointed nose and sharp answers from the LP, plus a decent view and a good workload (not too heavy) from electric power steering. Sits close to the fulcrum of the Roadster as you interact with it, you are now part of what Mazda calls Jinba Ittaihorse and rider as one.

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Long way home is a great opportunity to complete the MX-5 experience by going Topless. Easier than to remove his own top, all you need to do is to unfasten the spring-loaded latch and push the fabric roof until you hear a click, as shown by colleague Jonathan Lee in the video above.

Cruising on the highway, you stick to the speed limits, because 110 km/h feels much faster than it usually does – the previously mentioned lack of insulation combined with a significant wind noise. This would be negative for most cars, but the MX-5 for most cars.

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Interestingly, unlike many other cars with sporting intentions, the MX-5 allows for some body roll in the corners, obviously, when you diet in the first highway entrance ramp. Not nervous, at worst actually quite refreshing, and fits in with the organic nature of the ND on the ride and handling.

Something is missing? Here and skyactiv-MT six-speed manual transmission, specially adapted for ND, and its inaccessibility that it is a real shame. And the local Mazda hand promise hand “in a couple of months” at the presentation, there were no updates on this front. There may be a lack of demand, so if you’re going to beg Bermaz mess with me, not to share with us the result.

Do you agree with the judgment, the MX-5?

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Due to the habit of emptying his pockets before I went, I found the lack of convenient storage more difficult to get used to compared the size of the cabin itself. I don’t remember the first generation Toyota Mr-2 and Mr-s to be so uncompromising, so that those who come from normal size cars, might need some orientation.

Any stretch of road is, you floor the pedal in search of thrills. Vocal skyactiv 2.0-liter engine offers strong mid-range to get you up to speed, although there are no high-end crescendo to wait upstairs. Take a couple of corners in anger and MX-5 feels more like a real sports car than rear-wheel drive special, such as Toyota 86.

Unlike some philosophies that are not discussed, because they are too abstract, it’s one of those things that are shared by motorists. Not less than petrolhead if he’s in a turbocharged hot hatch camp, giggle this red ND as a crappy car for poseurs.

I belatedly found a solution to compress all the trinkets in the toiletry bag, which was sitting snug at the base of the center console. Glovebox? There is no such thing here, although there is a storage box behind the seats. It’s wide enough to swallow a DSLR, but two storeys in height and access can be difficult drinks in the Cup holder.

On the other hand, there are those who swear by the joys of sport an engine, especially when associated with light weight sedan chassis. There are also a lot to be said about open-top experience, you must know him, to love him.

The big news here is that the world’s best selling Roadster is about to go back to their roots. As we age, our waistline to expand, and a little Mazda wasn’t immune to the trend – although the third generation NC not exactly obese an average of about 1150 kg, she passed the four-meter mark and earned 200 kg from the original. The trend must be reversed, and Mazda set out to shave grams from the start with BL.

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At 3,915 mm long, 1,730 mm wide and 1,235 mm si, MX-5 is actually shorter than 25 years ago, except that 105 mm shorter, 10 mm wider and 10 mm lower than the NC it is replacing. Throw in 50:50 weight distribution with the driver behind the wheel, the lowest center of gravity in the MX-5 story, and you have a great recipe for a sports car.

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Aluminum was used for the suspension (front double-wishnones, rear Multi-links), the engine, frame, bumper reinforcement and those shapely front fenders. Structure uses more high strength steel than before, too.

Low weight does not require a lot of power, and ND available with 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine of only 129 HP and 150 Nm, and the motor is smaller in capacity than the NA starter 1.6. But the local importer, Bermaz motor decided to only bring in large and the largest available engine for the Roadster, 2.0-liter skyactiv-G capacity with 158 HP at 6000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4600 rpm.

Fourth-genration Mazda MX-5 was revealed to the world in September 2014, and gradually roll out worldwide, saw we picked up the Roadster last August. Pulls a lot of Enthusiastic feelings between them made him the much-anticipated launch, even if few would end up owning one.

The Mazda MX-5 is a throwback to the days when cars were more simple, sensory overload in a cold four-wheeled and digital environment. But it’s also a capable sports car that is equipped for the modern world, adaptive led headlights, Keyless access, Bose with speakers in the headrests, mzd Connect with seven-inch touch screen and lane departure warning are standard on Malaysian cars.

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MX-5 is clearly not a normal car by most standards. I’m coming from the Honda CR-Z two-door, 2+0.5+0.5 the cockpit and low-slung, but the MX-5 interior is much cozier and below. This is largely the lowest riding car on the road if Lotus pulls together, and a typical appearance of LP is its curved hood and other vehicles’ bumpers.

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The output on B-roads and the Roadster flowing along instead of leaping and prancing around our scarred the asphalt, with the generous support of the suspension and good shock absorption qualities.

You will undoubtedly have read fantastic things about this fantastic little car, but it’s really not for everyone, even many motorists. Here’s why.

With the knowledge that RM 8000 owned by Bermaz boss, I’m not one to smoke the rear wheels, but You don’t have to go sliding to enjoy driving your MX-5. It’s not her sense of existence.

It is difficult to make a case for the MX-5 as a daily driver and Your only car, but Mazda would serve well as a toy in multi-garage. For wealthy people with “car guy” roots, this is a unique opportunity for a crude human-machine interaction that is rare at any price. An escape from reality, the MX-5 can even remind you when you were you. But I bet you were driving a manual then.

But to get over small issues is necessary because the MX-5 delivers a driving experience that may be very raw and participation in today’s automotive world. As well, sashimi, less is more here.

There is much bite from the front end and good traction on the exit of turns. In Roadster smart ass not so easily come unstuck, as some might think, although there is a hint of a lively tail to remind you that it is rear wheel drive. Trail braking in turns does the trick, with helpful DSK there monitor the proceedings.

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No manual to spoil the MX-5 experience? This car is well conceived and too talented for that to happen, but performance auto left this writer would fall for DIY ‘box.

Not all is better with the manual and the slushbox has its advantages even in a sports car, but with the skyactiv-drive character is not fully in-tune with the MX-5, which is as lively as you can imagine.

Available in North America in mind, the natural-breathing 2.0 l four-cylinder engine sits longitudinally in front, with the drive to the rear wheels via a six-speed skyactiv-drive torque Converter automatic transmission, hooked to a manual mode and steering wheel shift paddles. Also in the Mazda, I-stop auto start-stop system works together with I-Eloop energy recovery. 0-100 km/h in 8.0 seconds.

MX-5 is a clean, minimalist approach to driving pleasure is not for everyone. Performance and pleasure can be had in less focused machines that do not require Mazda levels of compromise. This applies everywhere, but in Malaysia, and in RM220k, this gem of a sports car would be a very rare sight.

Just because this tiny Roadster costs RM219,999 on the road without insurance in Malaysia, a huge sum for what was conceived as an affordable sports car. In this price range, the MX-5 is an open competition from the cheaper and faster new cars (hot hatches) and more upmarket options in the grey/used market (think Audi TT, Porsche Cayman). This is the same problem faced by the employee is Japan CBU import Toyota 86.

On 6AT-efficiency-focused, and its methods of work, to get to two of the highest ratios as quickly as possible, and stay there, if strongly provoked. It cruises serenely only 1500 rpm at 90 km/h and 2000 rpm on the highway limit, which contributes to decent fuel economy – the trip computer indicated 7.4 liters per 100 km (13.5 km/L) within three days of regular driving, and even after a day of hard work and a long period of idling for photography, amounted to 7.7 liters per 100 km.

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MX-5 is a head Turner, more so in this tight red dress. All the ladies who turned around to check on the driver, I’m sorry to disappoint you.

The answer is not immediately in normal mode, but feels a touch to Hyper and Jumpy in a sport that You can activate with a switch behind the gear lever. There are paddle shifters, but it really will not happen.

Speaking of seats, mechanical chairs are not greatly strengthened, but quite favorable, and many popular products can be found at this 175 cm writer, although not the steering rack. In this transmission tunnel intrusion in an already small foot may look harsh, but it does not affect driving. With body-color upper door cap – in our case, a deep, brilliant «Mazda » red» – looks unconvincing, as extensions of the outer housing, and add a little bling to functional cabin.

As you calm down and wipe the smile off your face, use the time to dive into the snake ND the nose, too small eyes, and those muscular lines that wrap around the perfectly proportioned Roadster. Even the soft top fits into the design, although the unique shape of the rear lights not grown up yet.

It just takes one hand, a pair of movements, a few seconds and not a lot of effort to completely transform the experience. Opening and closing of the roof can also be done by your companion, and at low speeds too. Window, the two can communicate normally without having to raise the volume, and only on the top of my head was ruffled. As al fresco dining room, You don’t want to do it all the time, but the real fun in the right conditions.

C fires with a Rorty engine note, which you will hear a lot with the top up. You will feel the buzz too, and the lack of insulation is the one that will be celebrated in this context. Just a few corners In And MX-5 corresponds to the communicative nature is obvious – the feedback comes in the form of the engine the hiss and volume, and feeling through the filter of the steering, pedals and seat.

By the way, the MX-5 scored four stars in Euro NCAP crash tests, one star less than the Max is not for lack of crash protection, but the lack of Autonomous emergency braking.

“It’s important not to get hung up on numbers. Than power, or torque. No, what is more important-feeling. Driving experience and the feeling is more important than power. In my head it just has to be fun to drive,” Nobuhiro Yamamoto, the program Manager for the latest Mazda MX-5, told Top gear.

There is hope (or should it be a consolation?) for the rest of us, though. While the MX-5 is a zoom-zoom personified, the essence of brand value is present in the lower halo cars like my old Mazda 6 is the first car born under the zoom-zoom banner – loves to remind me. Feelings and emotions are powerful tools, and nobody uses as well as Mazda.

In ‘gram Strategy’ employed to trim unnecessary mass by a Curb weight that starts below 1000 kg, which is 10% less than before and close to an 940 kg – a significant feat, given the relatively generous levels of equipment (possibly Lotus) and the safety standards that modern cars require.

Why not 1.5? “Because it’s a no-no in this country for a sports car. Why do you have 1.5 liters when you can have a 2.0 liter? asked Bermaz boss Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh. We can’t argue with that.

Comfort is a strong point, and it’s clear that someone at Mazda took into account more complex road surfaces when designing the suspension. Alarming to drive can take the fun out of road riding, so we are happy to note that there’s no such distraction here. There are SUVs, which are less forgiving on that count. By the way, our MX-5 rides on large 17-inch wheels (205/45 rubber, the base rim 16 inches) that blend well aesthetically.

Mazda MX-5 convertible roof operation

We just love the simplicity Mazda MX-5 instruction manual hinged roof! Single-handed operation. To learn more about the Mazda MX-5:

Now that we have the only disk-related issue aside, the Mazda MX-5 is as advertised. Kind of like superheroes first Discover special powers, I have experienced heightened senses in My first few hours in the car. The sounds are usually muffled or far attacked me from all sides, and this writer was vigilant as a cat, even if his internal compass is needed more calibration. With the top up, by the way.

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