MX-5 Auto Express

Meet the Mazda roadster we created – and you could win it!

Overall Auto Express Rating

5.0 out of 5

We’ve always admired the MX-5 for delivering genuine sports car thrills on a shoestring. The Auto Express Edition is based on the 2.0 Sport – our pick of the bunch – but improves the looks by lowering the suspension and adding 17-inch rims. Inside, subtle branding, plus neat upgrades such as leather seats and a premium stereo, make this model unique and surprisingly luxurious

It’s the car every Auto Express fan will want on their driveway! We’ve teamed up with Mazda to produce a one-off MX-5 – the last special edition before the facelifted model arrives in September. And we’ll be giving it away to one lucky reader!

In July last year, we visited Mazda’s design headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. The aim was to create a car exclusively for Auto Express. And although it has taken six months of hard work, the finished product has finally arrived.

It’s based on the top-of-the-range 2.0-litre Sport, although a number of unique features set this car apart. The black and vibrant red colour scheme was chosen as a nod towards our logo, and continues on the inside, where perforated black Alcantara is stretched over red leather on the seats. The Auto Express logo is embossed on the black leather headrests, and stitched into the mats, while a top-of-the-line Bose stereo has been added too.

Pull a simple catch and the manual roof can be lowered in seconds, offering traditional wind-in-the-hair thrills. In an attempt to beef up the MX-5’s appearance, the car has had its suspension lowered for a more aggressive stance and improved handling. Also included are 17-inch alloys normally offered only in Europe.

On the road, it delivers nimble handling and surprising refinement at speed, although the engine lacks torque and has to be revved hard to get the most out of it. But turn the traction control off, and there’s still enough power being sent to the rear wheels to provoke a slide. The MX-5 has always been one of our favourite models, as it offers the full-on sports car experience in a practical and affordable package. But with the Auto Express makeover it adds exclusivity, too. A great car just got even better!

Want to win our car? We’ll have details over the next few issues and on www.autoexpress.co.uk in the coming weeks of how to get your hands on it!

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