Introduced in 1989, the Mazda MX5 NA was the first generation of the MX series. The iconic sleek body design combined with the popup headlights meant it was easily recognizable. Its flexible undercarriage and short wheelbase gave the car its sporty feeling. Supporting this sentiment is the light weight (only 950 kg) and agile 1.6 liter engine, which produced some 116 bhp and 135 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm. Later versions of this first generation vehicle were outfitted with a stronger 1.8 liter engine, which made up to 130 bhp.
But the real distinguishing factor for the MX5 was in its behaviour on the road. Because of the MX5’s handling the car has enjoyed a lot of renown. This is due to the fact that the suspension is rather stiff, which in turn means that the car will retain traction, even in the toughest of corners that you can imagine.
Lastly, the MX5 is of excellent quality for a low price. Drivers of this vehicle see the lowrunning costs as a definite bonus over competitors. With normal service intervals and thorough inspections one can expect to run well over 200.000 kilometers with this
convertible. And so the MX5 series continue being a staple among sporty drivers. The latest generation, dating from 2005 to 2015, comes with options such as power steering, GPS and modern safety options.