The all-new Mazda MX-5 has been revealed in a global launch ahead of European sales starting in 2015.
The new car receives a radical weight cut that makes it as light as the 1989 original. Mazda says 100kg has been cut from today’s car – this would mean kerbweight dips back under the one tonne mark, an outstanding achievement for a modern sports car.
The new MX-5 uses a new version of Mazda’s SKTACTIV-Chassis, here in rear-wheel drive for the first time. It’s claimed the centre of gravity is lower than it’s ever been for an MX-5.
But it is the car’s radical styling that will be the biggest taking point. A huge step on from the classic roadster look followed by the previous three generations, Mazda has moved the MX-5 on with sleek and flowing new surfaces, with a low and crisply modern nose being the standout feature.
The rear has a much fuller and more contemporary appearance, with ample wheelarches that flow seamlessly into the rear deck. Overall, Mazda has kept the lines simple, letting form and proportion define the new MX-5 – with, on first appearances, much success.
Scroll below for a full look at the new Mazda MX-5.
Speaking as the car was launched (after a performance in California by 80s pop group Duran Duran), Mazda Motor Europe President and CEO Jeff Guyton said: “Mazda’s current win streak is driven by our highly acclaimed new models, and the all-new MX-5 should only add fuel to the growth engine.
“Built for the love of driving, this car underscores what Mazda is all about. It will certainly give our brand an added boost.”
Since its launch 25 year ago, Mazda has sold 947,000 MX-5 and it holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car ever.
Here, we have a video of the global reveal’s European leg, which took place just a few hours ago. Come back soon for full technical insights into the new 2015 Mazda MX-5.