Mazda’s entry into the GT4 race championships with the MX-5 also spawned the MX-5 GT concept that took Goodwood Festival of Speed by storm in 2012. The car got adjustable suspension and a turbocharged power boost to 202bhp.
The reaction to the GT was such that Mazda built the visually similar MX-5 GT Jota production version, a limited number of which sold for £30k each. Jota Motorsport tweaked the normally aspirated 2.0-litre engine (no turbo here) up to 203bhp, sharpened the steering and fitted Ohlins suspension.
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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