Mazda MX-5 Black Edition vs GT

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Credits: Nathan Morgan. Thanks to Anglesey Circuit
10 Aug, 2011 1:13pm

Mazda’s latest MX-5 takes cues from its track star brother. But how do the two compare?

Win on Sunday, sell on Monday – that’s the mantra for makers who spend millions striving for motorsport success. By notching up on-track victories, they aim to enjoy success in the showroom.

Mazda is a firm follower of this philosophy, having secured silverware in the World Rally Championship and Le Mans over the past two decades. However, the Japanese giant’s latest on-track adventure is closer to home, with bosses entering the legendary MX-5 into the tough Britcar British Endurance Championship.

Despite having less power than big-hitting rivals from BMW and Lotus, the lightweight two-seater has clinched a brace of podium finishes in the hands of Auto Express’s senior road tester Owen Mildenhall and fellow racer Mark Ticehurst. To celebrate, Mazda has launched a special roadgoing version of its hardcore MX-5 racer.

With eye-catching paint, a luxurious cabin and a limited production run, the newcomer should be every bit as desirable as its hardcore cousin. To find out, we’ve brought the two together for a special head-to-head. Which one will pass the chequered flag first?

Verdict

It’s been around for more than 20 years now, but the MX-5 shows no signs of slowing down. The Sport Black edition is a prime example of the characterful roadster’s enduring appeal, as it features no mechanical revisions at all. In fact, bosses are so confident of the two-seater’s sublime driving dynamics that they decided the newcomer needed nothing more than a lick of paint and specially trimmed cabin. For the ultimate in driver thrills, there’s no beating the GT. With its tuned engine, bespoke chassis and sticky, slick rubber, this MX-5 serves up breathtaking on-track ability. To get the best out of it, you need to be a highly skilled racer, but even a novice will climb out from behind the wheel wearing a huge grin. The really good news is that the Sport Black special serves up nearly as much 
fun – but for a fraction of the cost.

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Never did like the front grill on these versions, so yet another reason not to purchase, who in their right mind comes up with such dreadful colours? Grief! and to think someone actually gets paid for this! I'm out!

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