Despite endowing the car with a chassis that could clearly handle it, Mazda has always shied away from giving the MX-5 big headline-grabbing power outputs. The MX-5 Super20 changed all that.
Built for the SEMA car show in the US, the fixed-roof MX-5 Super20 harboured a 240bhp Cosworth tuned engine, Mazdaspeed suspension with coilover springs and a Racing Beat exhaust. The matte grey paint with orange details unterlined its potency.
The Mazda MX-5 is a modern motoring icon, a two-seater, open-topped sports car with an overriding focus on fun.
Through three generations and 25 years, the MX-5 has wormed its way into the hearts of millions, whether as an inexpensive route to rear-wheel-drive handling purity or as a simple, pretty roadster in the classic vein.
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