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

its a nice idea for a more powerful MX5 however such a car is too late to introduce in a car that is overdue a new version.

26 June 2012

Agree with above.  Needs a new chassis to show the Toyobaru who's daddy.

26 June 2012

The MX5's sublime chassis has always been capable of handling more power than that emanating from their conservative four pot.

I prefer anything normally aspirated, and this 205 bhp is a long delayed innovation. I suspect it is here as a spoiler in order to combat interest in Jaguar's new small roadster ... but it is rather late in the day. Many an MX5 has seen V6 and even V8 power dropped under the hood as an antidote to the rather breathless ability of Mazda's offering, wonderfully reliable as it is.

Myk

26 June 2012

The Jag's in a different league - it seems more likely that this has been put together to ruin the Toyobaru's party.  Still small and RWD, and with just a little more bhp than the Toyobaru, it's the perfect answer to those saying that the new car is rather more underpowered than they were expecting.  It's not that the chassis can't handle it, it's just that the MX-5 as a package has been around for quite a while now.  It's going to lose out to those who want to be fashionable and have the newest thing, regardless of whether the new thing is really any better.

26 June 2012

Myk wrote:

The Jag's in a different league -

Yes and no.

Seen as a premium brand, yes, but the F-Type is almost the same size as the MX5, the first model offering a supercharged V6. Mazda are punting not one but two boosted MX5's around the auto show circuit as a means of telling us they can offer better horsepower if the market wants it - it always has, fans the biggest proposers - but they always got rebuffed.

One MX5 is naturally aspirated, (two fingers to Jag) and one boosted by a Turbo, (lag, lag lag) ... but almost certainly both in a lighter vehicle. It remains to be seen if Jaguar can keep the weight down, something they've never managed to do in their past mass produced GTs. If the can do that, Mazda will be understandably apprehensive.

Myk

26 June 2012

Los Angeles wrote:

Myk wrote:

The Jag's in a different league -

Yes and no.

Although I would agree that the size and even possible power-to-weight of this MX-5 and the bottom rung Jag are likely to be similar, they're not competitors in any way.  What will Mazda be able to charge for this MX-5 GT?  Probably no more than about £26k, unless they pull a Mugen Honda Civic and build a very limited number for silly money.  At £26k-ish it's a competitor to the similarly powered Toyobaru - it's really not going to be on the same shopping list for people willing to pay £40k for the new Jag. 

26 June 2012

Myk wrote:

At £26k-ish it's a competitor to the similarly powered Toyobaru - it's really not going to be on the same shopping list for people willing to pay £40k for the new Jag. 

One significant reason the MX5 has survived so well and prospered is, sports cars, especially open-topped sports cars, are considered second cars for a majority of motorists. The young buy them second-hand when their insurance cover allows.

If you can buy a sports car for half the price of it nearest competitor and gain over 80% of the fun using it plus serious reliability and lower running costs, why pay more? 

A Jaguar sports car, same size as an MX5, carries a better badge ... at a premium. Sales will suffer - we are in the middle of a world recession! - especially if Mazda counter with a boosted engine.

Myk

26 June 2012

Los Angeles wrote:

Myk wrote:

At £26k-ish it's a competitor to the similarly powered Toyobaru - it's really not going to be on the same shopping list for people willing to pay £40k for the new Jag. 

If you can buy a sports car for half the price of it nearest competitor and gain over 80% of the fun using it plus serious reliability and lower running costs, why pay more? 

By that measure no one would be buying Boxters, SLK's and Z4's when the MX-5 is already available for substantially less.  But it's not that simplistic, thankfully, otherwise there'd be no Range Rovers when you can buy a Kia Sportage etc.

I take your point about second cars etc, but that sort of market is fickle and fashion-conscious, and the lure of a new Jag' is just the sort of trinket some people want.  Just look at the success of the Evoque.

At the right price this MX-5 GT could steal sales from the Toyobaru, but I think it might be too little too late until the next MX-5 comes along (at which point Mazda should really think about a version with a bit more poke).

26 June 2012

Age of the car and fashion aside, I think it's a long overdue hike in power to keep the car relevant in a expanding market.

Although the cars getting on a bit, it's still one of the top dogs and only lost out to the Toyobaru because of the power..this could be just what is needed to re-invigorate the car until the new one arrives.

Can't wait to drive it...if they make it.

26 June 2012

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

Peter Cavellini.

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