The MX-5 Mono-Posto concept made its debut at the SEMA aftermarket tuning show in Las Vegas in 2000. With a single seat and a custom 187bhp turbocharged engine built by tuning specialists HKS, it was seen as the ultimate expression of Mazda’s Jinba Ittai design philosophy, which translates as ‘rider and horse as one’. Not much use on the school run though.
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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