Mazda MX-5 Third generation
|Also called||Mazda MX-5 Miata (United States)|
|Body style||2-door convertible|
|Engine||1.8 L (110 cu in) MZR I4 (Europe) 2.0 L (120 cu in) MZR I4|
|Transmission||5-speed manual 6-speed automatic 6-speed manual|
|Wheelbase||91.7 in (2,330 mm)|
|Length||2006-08: 157.3 in (4,000 mm) 2009-: 4,020 mm (158.3 in)|
|Width||67.7 in (1,720 mm)|
|Height||2006-08: 49.0 in (1,240 mm) 2006-08 PRHT: 49.4 in (1,250 mm) 2009-: 1,245 mm (49.0 in) 2009- RHT: 1,255 mm (49.4 in)|
|Curb weight||2,447 lb (1,110 kg) - 2,542 lb (1,153 kg)|
Production of the third-generation MX-5, code NC, began May 17, 2005, for delivery in August, for the 2006 model year. This was partially due to the declining sales of the MX-5 during its second generation run.
The exterior styling resembles the original design, but unlike the update from NA to NB, which was mostly a nose/tail/interior change, the NC shares no components with the NB, except for the side-panel turning-lights on non-US models. The lead stylist of this model generation was Moray Callum.
The suspension has changed from a 4-wheel double wishbone setup to a front wishbone/rear multilink setup. Technologies like traction control and stability control were added to increase driveability. According to Car and Driver, the NC has a skidpad number of 0.90g.
For the US, the engine is the new 16-valve, 2.0 L (120 cu in) MZR I4, producing 170 bhp (130 kW) and 140 lbf·ft (190 N·m) coupled to either a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual transmission or 158 bhp (118 kW) with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission. A limited slip differential is available with the 6-speed option. In Australia the 2.0 L (120 cu in) MZR is offered, rated at 118 kW (158 bhp) and 188 N·m (139 lbf·ft) and the 6-speed transmission and LSD are standard. In Europe, two engines are offered: the 2.0 L (120 cu in) MZR rated at 158 bhp (118 kW) and 188 N·m (139 lbf·ft), coupled to the 6-speed manual transmission; and a new 1.8 L (110 cu in) MZR, rated at 126 bhp (94 kW) and 167 N·m (123 lbf·ft), coupled to the 5-speed manual transmission.
A six-speed automatic transmission, with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, is optional. A test by Car and Driver magazine revealed a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time of 6.5 s for the 2.0 L (120 cu in) U.S.-spec NC. Manufacturer figures for the European-spec model are: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.4 s (1.8 L (110 cu in)) and 7.9 s (2.0 L (120 cu in)). In Japan, this generation no longer complies with Japanese government regulations concerning vehicle exterior dimensions, and buyers in Japan are now liable for additional costs for ownership.
The NC was launched with a special edition called "3rd Generation Limited" which featured added chrome accents and special wheels. 3500 were built worldwide (300 in the UK, 750 in the US, 150 in Canada), delivered in advance of standard models.
The NC offers a wider range of accessories for customization than the earlier generations. The softtop, in cloth instead of vinyl, can now be chosen in more than two colors: black and cream as previously, but also grey, camel, blue and green; and the interior can be customized to the exterior paint color.
In July 2006, Mazda unveiled a coupé convertible version of the NC with a three-piece folding hardtop, named "MX-5 Roadster Coupe" in Europe, "Roadster Power Retractable Hard Top" in Japan, and "MX-5 Miata Power Retractable Hard Top" in Canada and the US. Adding 36 kg (79 lb) to the weight of a comparable model with soft top, the hard top takes 12 seconds to raise or lower and it does not take any of the existing trunk space when folded down. The first units were delivered to customers in late August, for a price premium less than the cost of a separate hard top. Performance times are slightly affected with the weight increase, to 9.6 s (1.8 L (110 cu in)) and 8.2 s (2.0 L (120 cu in)) from 0-100 km/h (62 mph), but top speed is increased from 196 km/h (121.8 mph) to 200 km/h (124.3 mph) (1.8 L (110 cu in)) and from 210 km/h (130 mph) to 215 km/h (134 mph) (2.0 L (120 cu in)), for the European-spec model.
For 2008, Mazda released a Special Edition MX-5 in Icy Blue exterior, with exclusive Dark Saddle Brown folding top, with matching leather with blue stitching steering wheel, seats, and hand brake. The Special Edition also featured a silver-accented shift knob, dark-silver finished instrument panel with chrome accents, special 17 in (430 mm) alloy wheels, stainless steel MX-5 scuff plate, and chrome front headlight bezel, as well as grille and fog lamp surrounds. The 2008 Special Edition was limited to 105 PRHT-equipped units in Canada and 750 soft-top units in the US.
The MX-5 facelift was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show and Science Museum in London, and later in 2009 Chicago Auto Show.
The Japanese model went on sale in December 9, 2008 at Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers.
Major changes concern the restyled front which now incorporates elements from Mazda’s newer models like the larger grille and new head and fog lights. Further restyled elements are the side skirts, rear bumper and the tail lights. The soft-top Touring and Grand Touring models feature a mesh grille bordered by a chrome frame. The hardtop Roadster Coupe now features a mesh grille bordered by a chrome frame and chrome elements inside the headlamps and outer door handles.
The instrument panel gained darker features and redesigned graphics for the gauges. To create more leg space in the cabin, a protrusion from the door pockets was eliminated.
The 2.0-litre engine was rated 167 bhp (125 kW; 169 PS) at 7,200 rpm and 140 lb·ft (190 N·m) at 5,000 rpm for 5-speed manual, 158 bhp (118 kW; 160 PS) at 6,700 rpm and 140 lb·ft (190 N·m) at 5,000 rpm for automatic. Engine redline was raised by 500 rpm to 7,200 rpm in manual model. The suspension and gearbox have been fine-tuned; latter offers smoother shifts and automatic transmission will be introduced in Europe for the first time.
MX-5 Superlight version (2009)
MX-5 Superlight is a concept car commemorating the 20th anniversary of MX-5, designed at Mazda's studio in Frankfurt, Germany. It is made of lightweight materials to improve performance, handling, fuel economy, and CO2 emissions and does not include a windshield. It was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The vehicle included a MZR 1.8-litre petrol engine rated 126 PS (93 kW; 124 hp) at 6,500 rpm and 167 N·m (123 lb·ft) at 4,500 rpm, 5-speed manual transmission, double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, Bilstein monotube damper, 205/45R17 tires, 300 mm (11.8 in) ventilated front brake discs and 280 mm (11.0 in) solid rear brake discs. The "Superlight" weighs in at 2,200 lb (1,000 kg), making it 100 lb (45 kg) lighter than the original NA series MX-5 .
Mazda Roadster 20th Anniversary (2009)
The Roadster 20th Anniversary models are based on the Roadster RS soft-top model with a six-speed manual transmission, and the VS Power Retractable Hard Top (RHT) hard-top model with a six-speed automatic transmission, for Japanese market, commemorating 20 years of Mazda Roadster. Special equipment included Special equipment RECARO bucket sport seats (Black Alcantara and red leather), exclusive '20th Anniversary' badges on each side fender, clear front fog lights and bezels (black and silver on soft-top and RHT models respectively), 205/45R17 84W tires with 17-inch aluminum wheels (standard equipment on the soft-top base model), cowl connecting type front strut tower bar (standard equipment on the soft-top base model), fabric soft top with glass rear window (soft-top model only), heated seats with five temperature settings (standard equipment on the RHT base model), soft padding with synthetic leather door armrests and center console lid (standard equipment on the RHT base model).
MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition (2010)
The 20th Anniversary Model is a limited (2000 units) version of MX-5 soft top with MZR 1.8L engine for European market, commemorating 20 years of MX-5. It includes a special exterior styling package with chrome grille, door handles and headlight fascia; silver-look fog lamp frames, specific 17-inch alloy wheels and 20th Anniversary logos, a strut tower bar. Available body colours include True Red, Crystal White Pearl and, specific for this edition, a new Aurora Blue (with matching painted decorative elements in the interior).
The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
UK model covered 32 percent of the Anniversary model production (around 600 units), which was based on soft-top 1.8 SE. It included 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with a unique silver finish, front fog lights, chrome trims (around the grille, headlamps and fog lights), body-coloured roll bars and a supporting strut brace. Inside, the stainless steel scuff plate features a unique '20th Anniversary' logo and limited edition number, premium '20th Anniversary' branded floor mats, a body-coloured front dashboard, aluminium pedal set, and manual air-conditioning, leather steering wheel, gear knob and hand-brake; MP3-compatible Radio/CD audio system with six speakers, steering wheel controls and an auxiliary (AUX) input jack for MP3 and iPod connection. Available body colours include red, white and blue. True Red, Crystal White Pearlescent, Aurora Blue Mica body colours were £395 options.
MX-5 Miyako (2010)
MX-5 1.8i Miyako and 2.0i Miyako are limited (500 units each) versions of MX-5 soft-top convertible with MZR 1.8L engine and powered retractable hard top with MZR 2.0L engine respectively for UK market, commemorating 20 years of MX-5. The Miyako package included Medici premium perforated black leather trim with a red underlay and stitching, special badging, floor mats and climate control air-conditioning. The exterior includes front fog lamps, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a front suspension strut brace, and free metallic paint with Aluminium Silver Metallic option (and Velocity Red Mica on 1.8i Miyako). Both Miyako models also included remote central locking, a leather steering wheel with audio controls, an MP3 compatible audio system with six speakers and auxiliary (AUX) jack input, heated electric mirrors and electric front windows, a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. 2.0i Miyako also included Limited Slip Differential, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System.
MX-5 Matte and Black Special Edition (2010)
It is a version of MX-5 with MZR 2.0L engine, commemorating 20 years of MX-5 in France. The vehicle was unveiled in 21st annual Salon du Cabriolet, Coupé & SUV in Paris.
2010 SEMA concept (2010)
MX-5 Super20 included DPTune-reflashed ECU with a supercharged Cosworth motor, ACT clutch, MAZDASPEED coilover shocks and shock tower brace, and Racing Beat hollow anti-roll bars. StopTech brakes, SpeedSource brake disks, 16-inch Enkei wheels.
The vehicles was unveiled in 2010 SEMA show.
MX-5 GT (2011-)
It is a race car built for the MSA British Endurance Championship 2011, built by Jota Sport. It included engine rated 275 bhp, six speed sequential paddle shift gearbox, carbon doors and Polycarbonate windows, Spirited Green metallic body colour.
MX-5 Sport Black (2011)
It is a limited (500 units) model of MX-5 powered retractable hard-top with 160PS MZR-2.0L engine and Sport Tech equipment package, inspired by the Mazda MX-5 GT race car, for UK market. It included Brilliant Black powered retractable hard-top, black leather interior with contrasting 'sand' colour stitching, Piano Black steering wheel and deco panel, and unique 'Black Limited Edition' exterior badging, uniquely numbered interior plaque and Limited Edition floor mats, dark 'gun metal' 17-inch alloy wheels. Available body colour included Spirited Green metallic, Crystal White Pearlescent and Velocity Red mica.
The vehicle went on sale in mid-July 2011.
Mazda Roadster BLACK TUNED (2011-)
The Mazda Roadster BLACK TUNED models are based on Mazda Roadster RS Power Retractable Hard Top with 2.0-liter DOHC engine and six-speed manual transmission, and Mazda Roadster VS Power Retractable Hard Top with 2.0-liter DOHC engine and six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission, for Japanese market. They included following:
- Power Retractable Hard Top (Brilliant Black)
- 17-inch alloy wheels (Gun Metallic)
- Front grille garnish (Brilliant Black)
- Door mirrors (Brilliant Black)
- Seat back bar garnish (Brilliant Black)
- Black leather seats (with sand-colored stitching)
- Black door trim (with sand-colored stitching)
- Decoration panel (piano black)
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel (with sand-colored stitching and piano black switch bezels)
- Leather-wrapped parking brake lever (with sand-colored stitching)
- Front fog lights (clear) and fog light bezels (black)
- Outer door handles (body-colored)
- Bose AUDIOPILOT2 sound system and seven speakers (no head unit)
- Leather-wrapped shift knob (with chrome ring) RS RHT model only
- Soft pads on the side door trim arm rests (synthetic leather) (standard equipment on the base VS RHT model)
- Soft pad on the center console lid (synthetic leather) (standard equipment on the base VS RHT model)
- Seat heaters (with five temperature settings) (standard equipment on the base VS RHT model)
- Front suspension tower bar (built into the cowl) (standard equipment on the base RS RHT model)
Factory-installed option included 6-disc CD changer with AM/FM radio/MP3/WMA player and AUX jack. Available exterior body colors included Spirited Green Metallic (exclusive), Velocity Red Mica (exclusive) and Crystal Pearl White Mica (special body color).
The vehicles went on sale in 2011/10/03 at Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers.
2011 SEMA concepts (2011)
MX-5 Spyder is a MX-5 soft top designed by Mazda North American Operations and Magna Car Top Systems. It included a single-panel grenadine-red soft-top made by Haartz Corporation, lower car body, Stratosphere White body colour, Yokohama AO48 225/45R17 performance with 17-inch 10-spoke ADVAN RS wheels in Gun Metal Metallic, turbocharged MZR 2.0-liter engine fueled by BP's isobutanol, lithium-ion racing battery made by Braille Battery, Racing Beat header, intake and exhaust muffler, MAZDASPEED coil over kit, Brembo brakes, tanned Saddle black-leather seats with Aqua leather accents and Coal Ash suede inserts, Spider Silk Gray Metallic-colored trim pieces on the doors and dash, black interior, customized floor mats by Star West, MAZDASPEED short-throw shifter.
MX-5 Super20 included Hyper Orange Mica-coloured body, stationary glossy black hardtop with matching orange stripes, color-matched roll bar, black leather seats with suede seat inserts and orange contrast channel stitching, DPTune reflashed ECU, Racing Beat 304-stainless steel header and exhaust, Racing Beat hollow front and rear anti-roll bars, ACT organic street clutch, MAZDASPEED coil overs and a shock tower brace, Power Slot slotted brake rotors, StopTech stainless steel brake lines and street performance brake pads, SpeedSource front brake ducts, black 16-inch Enkei RPF1 twin-spoke racing wheels, Toyo Proxes RA-1 245/45ZR16 high-performance tires and 20mm H&R Track+ bolt-on wheel spacers in the rear with 15mm Sparco wheel spacers in the front.
The vehicles were unveiled in 2011 SEMA show.
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012 concepts (2012)
Mazda Roadster BLACK TUNED-2012 is based on Mazda Roadster BLACK TUNED, but with BBS lightweight alloy wheels, Bilstein height adjustable dampers, brembo brake system (painted in gold for the front) and RECARO seats.
Mazda Roadster NR-A 'Jimba-Ittai' (マツダ ロードスター NR-A “人馬一体号”) is a race car with ENKEI 16-inch alloy wheels, Blidgestone 16-inch tires, Bilstein dampers for the 20-milimeter lower vehicle height, Endless brake pads, TAKATA four-point seatbelts.
The vehicles were unveiled in Tokyo Auto Salon 2012
MX-5 Miata Special Edition (2012)
It is a limited (450 units) version of 2012 MX-5 Miata with black-only Power Retractable Hard Top, two new body (non-roof) colours, new 17-inch black gunmetal alloy wheels, black exterior accents, black heated leather seats and piano black interior finishes, six-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter or six-speed Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Premium and Suspension packages.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
MX-5 Venture Edition (2012)
MX-5 Venture Edition are limited (250 Soft-top, 550 Roadster Coupe) versions of Mazda MX-5 1.8 MZR Soft-top (SE) and 2.0 MZR Roadster Coupe (Sport Tech) for the UK market. It included Havana Brown heated leather seats, leather steering wheel and hand brake with contrasting grey stitching, matching door trim, climate control air-conditioning, piano black dashboard accents, alloy pedals, cruise control, satellite navigation system by Sanyo TomTom, choice of 3 body colours (Metropolitan Grey Mica, Ebony Mica, Crystal White Pearlescent), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a Traction Control System (TCS), Limited Slip Differential (Roadster Coupe only).
MX-5 "Yusho" (2012)
It is a version of MX-5 with supercharged 2.0-liter MZR petrol engine with supercharger kit by Flyin 'Miata and Cosworth pistons and connecting rods rated 241 PS (177 kW; 238 hp) and 274 N·m (202 lb·ft) at 5450rpm, top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph), individually designed muffler with large cross sections and centrally positioned double tailpipes, six-speed manual transmission with special sports clutch and shorter final drive ratio of 4.1, suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, sport, larger stabilizer bars and lowering springs from Eibach; 8Jx17 anthracite gray alloy wheels with Toyo semi-slick tires, matt-white film wrapping and white foiled rear spoiler, rear diffuser in carbon fiber-optics and the dark wheels, suede-trimmed steering wheel, Recaro sport seats with leather and Alcantara.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Leipzig Motor Show.
Senshu MX-5 Roadster Coupe (2012)
It is a limited (200 unit) version of MX-5 with Retractable Hard Top with 2.0-liter MZR petrol engine, six-speed manual transmission, sport-line equipment, for German market. It included dark alloy wheels with 205/45R17 tires, a "racing stripe" Seitenfolierung, a black rear diffuser, sport exhaust tailpipes and a black bezel of the front grille, light gray leather interior with embossed five-stage seat heating for driver and front passenger, accessory option include an iPod and USB adapter and lowering vehicle by 30 millimeters. Available body colors included Brilliant Black Metallic Arachneweiß Tornadoraot and metallic.
The model name was chosen by 9,600 Facebook users who had voted at the TV station DMAX. Other candidate names included "Arashi" and "Migoto".
MX-5 GT Concept (2012)
It is a concept car inspired by the MX-5 GT race programme, built by Jota Sport. It included a normally aspirated 2.0-litre Mazda petrol engine rated 205 bhp, manual transmission, adjustable suspension, carbon front splitter, a rear diffuser and boot spoiler, sports exhaust system with a central tailpipe, Recaro seats, road slicks tires, body-coloured roll hoops behind the seats.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
MX-5 Kuro Edition (2012)
MX-5 Kuro are limited (200 soft-top, 400 Roadster Coupe) versions of MX-5 126PS 1.8i SE Soft-top and 160PS 2.0i Sport Tech Roadster Coupe, for the UK market. The Soft-top and Roadster Coupe included 5 and 6-speed manual transmissions respectively. Common features included a diffuser-style rear sports bumper, larger diameter sports exhaust, unique race car inspired exterior graphics, Black detailing around the front grille and front fog lights, plus unique 'Kuro Edition' badging, Stone and Black heated leather seats, Stone leather door inserts with contrasting red stitching, a silver interior deco panel with red accents, alloy pedals, premium floor mats with race inspired logo and climate control air-conditioning.
The vehicles went on sale in July 2012.
As part of Mazda's 20th anniversary of Mazda Roadster in Japan, Motor Corporation held a special commemorative event on September 20, 2009, at its Miyoshi Proving Ground in western Japan.
As part of Mazda's 20th anniversary of Mazda MX-5, 200 MX-5's from Europe were gathered at 24 Hours of Le Mans. A "Best of Show" competition was held during the event with a special award going to the most beautiful MX-5
2013 model year update
New features included using coordinated black and silver features to the respective soft top and power retractable hard top cars, more aggressive looking front face, a new luxury tan color interior option, improved control of the accelerator in the manual transmission models and brakes in all models, implementing Active Bonnet for pedestrian protection, weight reduction via re-designed front bumper, new 17-inch aluminum wheels and the internal wiring.
Japanese model went on sale in Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers.
On May 23, 2012 Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. and Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled co-operation program for next generation roadster. A new roadster will be made for Mazda and Alfa Romeo marques based on Mazda’s next-generation MX-5 rear-wheel-drive architecture. Both variants will be powered by specific proprietary engines unique to each brand. Both cars will be manufactured in Mazda’s Hiroshima plant.
Production numbers and details
In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records declared the MX-5 the best-selling two-seat sports car in history, with total production of 531,890 units.The 250,000th MX-5 rolled out of the factory on November 9, 1992; the 500,000th, on February 8, 1999; the 750,000th, in March 2004; the 800,000th in January 2007, and 900,000th in February 2011.
As of February 4, 2011, Total production of MX-5 reached 900,000 units. Mazda also reapplied to Guinness World Records to have the record updated to 900,000 units