2016 Mazda MX-5 Track Day Review – Sandown Raceway

it's Ten Years Since The Third-generation Mazda Mx-5 First Went On Sale In Australia And More Than 25 Years Since The Nameplate Debuted Back In 1989. I Was Six And Now The Iconic Japanese Drop Top Is Back Powered By Its Smallest Capacity Engine Ever, But Is It Still Fun Time For Another Car Advise Weekend Warrior Track Test Last Time We Were At Sandown Race Way In An Mx-5 It Was In The Previous Generation Car And It Was 2014 Tony Abbot Was The Prime Minister Anyway We Had An Absolute Blast, But While That Kinda Had A 118 Kilowatt 188 Newton Meter 2 Litre 4-cylinder Engine The New 1.5 Liter Entry-level Mx-5 Has 96 Kilowatts And 150 Newton Meters With A Kerb Weight Of Almost Paying On A Thousand Kilograms Though The All-new Fourth-generation Nd Mx-5 Is Only Half A Second Off The 7.8 Second Nought To 100 Times Of The Previous Car The Other Kicker Is, If You're Happy With The 1.5 Liter Under The Bonnet You Can Get In One Of These For 31 Thousand Nine Ninety That's Almost $18,000 Cheaper Then The Mx-5 We Were Here With Last Time Standard Kit On The Entry-level Model Isn't Bad Either You Get LED Headlights LED Tail Lights 16-inch Alloy Wheels A Six-speed Manual Transmission And A Limited Slip Rear Differential There's Also Cruise Control A 6 Speaker Stereo A Leather Handbrake Gear Shifter And Steering Wheel And A Push, Button Start The Mx-5 Has Always Been About Corners And While Sandown Is Famous For Its To High-speed Straights There's Plenty Of Twisty Bits There Between To See How This Thing Stacks Up Before We Get To Have The Mx-5 Handles A Track-day Though There's A Couple Of Negatives We Need To Call Out Firstly The Pedal Placement It's Not Great With The Throttle Pedal Sitting A Bit Lower Than The Brake Pedal That Means That He'll Towing Takes A Little Bit Of Getting Used To The Other One Is While We Have The Roof Off Now And Headroom Isn't A Problem With The Roof Up Clearance Is A Little Bit Of Time Particularly With The Helmet And.

I'm Not Mega At All At Only Six Foot The Big Killer Though Is The Steering Wheel While Mazda Did Make It Brake Adjustable It's Not Reach Adjustable It's Not Telescopic And All You Want To Do Is Pull The Steering Wheel Closer Towards You And Your Cars They Claimed It Was Based On Weight Saving, But It Is Something We Can't Help, But Be Frustrated By Now Underneath Us We've Got 195 Millimeter Wide Yokohama Tires On All Four Corners We've Got A Multi-link Rear And Double Wishbones Up Front And The Setup On The Road Is Exceptional It's A Nice Balance Between Comfort And Sportiness On The Racetrack Though It Does Feel A Little Too Soft Compared To Something Like A Toyota 86 For Example, If That's A Scalpel The Mx-5 Is More Of A Bread Knife It Just Doesn't Quite Have The Same Level Of Precision Now The Steering Is Accurate And Precise It Is Light Though It Doesn't Quite Give You The Feedback That Some People Might Like The Brakes Are Holding Up Well Though Few Laps In Especially Some Harder Laps And You Can Start To Feel A Little Bit Of Fade The Dyes Which You Can Just Hear Squealing A Little Bit On The Other Hand A Grouping Really Well And. I Have Been All Day A Big Part Of What Made The Old Mx-5 Some Previous Generations. So, Great Was The Gearbox The Manual Transmission Has Always Been A Standout Of The Car And The New Car Is No Different It's A Nice Short Throw Very Nagi And It's Great Fun Two Years.

So, The Big Question Is Is 96 Kilowatts And 115 Newton Meters Enough To Keep You Smiling And You Could Probably Tell By My Face The Answer Is Yes The All New Mx-5 May Not Be The Ultimate Track Weapon, But It's Fun And It's Playful And Honestly Like A Bite Like It With Only 11 Kilowatts And 20 Newton Meters More Than The Original 1.6 Liter Mx-5 It's Easy To See Why Some Buyers Might Opt For The More Powerful 2-liter Engine When It Comes To The New Car, But That Comes At A Two And A Half Thousand Dollar Premium And Do You Really Need It Well, If You Want An Mx-5 To Get You To And From Work The Answers Probably Not And As We Found Out Today, If You Want An Mx-5 For An Occasional Track Day The Answer Again Is Not Really For The Price And The Fun It's Pretty Hard To Top The All-new Entry-level Mazda Mx-5.

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