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Inspired by the Mazda MX-5 GT racer, the GT concept is powered by a highly-tuned, naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine
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25 June 2012

Mazda will reveal the Mazda MX-5 GT concept - a potent 205bhp road-legal MX-5 - at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Inspired by the Mazda MX-5 GT racer, the GT concept is powered by a highly-tuned, naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine. Drive is sent to the road via a standard six-speed manual gearbox.

Features of the hot MX-5 include adjustable coilover suspension, carbonfibre front and rear splitters and a rear boot spoiler. The firm has also added a centrally mounted sports exhaust to improve air flow and to enhance the four-pot’s engine note.

Inside the concept’s cabin, the GT gets lightweight Recaro sports seats as well as extensive use of carbonfibre around the GT’s instrumentation.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed will be used by Mazda to gauge public reaction to the 205bhp concept. To showcase the concept’s performance potential, the GT will be driven up the legendary hill circuit. 

Mazda’s most recent hot MX-5 – the 244bhp supercharged Mazda MX-5 Yusho concept – was shown at the Leipzig motor show at the beginning of June. According to the marque, it was capable of 155mph. It remains a concept car only.

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Los Angeles 26 June 2012

M aybe, if, could be ...

All the sports cars you mention, Myk, are bigger than the MX5-Miata.

The MX5 has had almost no competitor since its inception, (bar one Fiat, one too late US roadster, and the Lotus Elise). The MX5's worldwide success inspired other manufacturers to produce a serious sports car in their model range but they can't really be described as roadsters - if you agree with the definition. They were bound to sell in decent quantities.

The anxiety for both Jaguar and Mazda is that their "roadsters" - Jaguar calls the F-Type exactly that - are similar in size, not in price ... if Mazda decides to offer a bigger engine version of the MX5 with a price lower than the Jaguar who knows which company will lose sales to the other. But I labour the point.

Don't know about you, personally if the Jaguar is a "good 'un" I'll choose it because I'm an incurable romantic at heart. Jaguar has always been associated with glamorous cars.

Driving 26 June 2012

Should

mazda should bring back the original miata idea with a larger engine and smaller car(lotus elite philosophy)...mk.1 sized 2,000cc one ton car that put out 220bhp yet be economical from its simplicity and light weight.

seems with the new cars which got bigger and bigger it strayed further away from the very reason why the miata was fun...

Peter Cavellini 26 June 2012

MX5??

A step to far, not in the true ethos,to much power,it's about driving not how fast it goes.

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