Mazda recpc Saturday, March 24th, 2018 19:07:57 PM.
What makes a person like a car? It could be because sophisticated, because the shape is cool, because once had a poster or toy and there are many other reasons that can be mentioned. The next stage if someone likes a car is to learn how to drive a car, and when we have a smooth driving we will get a feeling that makes us think that, “Driving the car is cool.
Continue to believe in the belief that driving is cool, that’s what makes Mazda MX-5 was born. This car is a real fruit of the vision of an automotive journalist when Mazda asked him, “What other car should we make?” MX-5 itself is short for Mazda Xperimental no. 5, and the first generation trying to give the excess of the UK roadster style like MG B and Lotus Elan, but with the reliability of Japanese-style car use more durable.
Mazda MX-5 has never used a complicated concept. Front engine, rear wheel drive and 50:50 weight distribution. For the first MX-5 only, they deliberately move the battery to the trunk in order to pursue the last point. After 3 generations passed and managed to sell 1 million units of MX-5 worldwide.
Unfortunately, when comparing the two, canvas roof version looks more beautiful, classic, clean and traditional. If the reason Mazda does not sell the soft top for safety reasons and afraid the roof is easily torn thieves, what is reportedly Porsche 718 Boxster who also wear canvas roof?
We’ve done a first impression review of the Mazda MX-5, so now we’ll cover the outline only. The look of this car is pretty, this car is cute but there is a bit of spice on the face through the lights and big mouth. LED lights that can change the lights in the direction of the steering wheel, and the MX-5 is already wearing 17-inch rims.
But MX-5 is very small, because the length is not more than 4 meters. Do not be fooled by the wide hood, short overhangs, cabin that is close to the rear axle and short butt, because this car is very compact size. At first we wondered why in this expensive car there is no camera back, but parking this car seems easy. Parking sensors still exist, but the secret why is easily parked.
Mazda MX-5 is smartly designed. Mazda deliberately pulled the rear lights somewhat to the middle so that the body of this car looks wide and plump from the back. The LED back lights are pretty when viewed at night, and the antennas may look old, but we like them. The reason, he makes this little MX-5 is increasingly seen as a radio control toy car.
Canvas roof MX-5 does not use any electronic mechanism for roof-top procession. Open-lid must be manual hand-held. Although easy, I’m sure many will ask, “How much price has not used the electronic mechanism anyway?” The most powerful reason is to keep the weight lightly. Mazda MX-5 weight is only 1 ton, exactly 1.057 kg, lighter than Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris though.
The next thing, the roof that can be opened and closed manually means it can be operated quickly and do not have to worry there is damage to the electric motor roof. Yeah, the roof that can be opened and closed electronically is luxurious, elegant and cool, but the mechanism is very slow. This one? Ha! Want to open and close the roof can be completed in less than 6 seconds, and that’s what I like from this traditional system: Fast, easy and anti ribet. FYI, Porsche Boxster Spyder also use manual roof, just put it very very complicated.
Before buying this car, make sure you fit in the cabin and there is no plan to enlarge the body posture in the near future. The interior is exactly Mazda now, impressed Europe with an adequate built quality despite a bit of luxury material here. At least the seams are genuine.
Comfort features such as climate control, GPS, MID, i-stop, lane departure warning, auto headlamp, auto wipers, cruise control, bluetooth, USB connection, steering switch control for audio and heating seats have entered into standard completeness. If you expect this car to have a rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring, Sorry, Mazda MX-5 does not have that one. Specially the MX-5 RF, then he has blind spot monitoring. Why MX-5 soft top is not there huh? e heard quite clearly. Indeed this is one of the drawbacks of using a canvas roof, and the RF version should be better than this.
When passing the highway with speeds above 100 km / h, the sound of wind and a bit of tire voice has begun to burst into the cabin. The sound of the wind can “race” with sound from the standard BOSE audio speakers. The suspension feels solid with a rather stiff damping character, but he is very friendly for the day. Ground clearance was not too flat, we never bumped with this car. MX-5 is also easy to invite everyone’s attention. Everyone is always looking at this car, especially when the roof is opened.
Another convenience that feels when carrying the MX-5 is a rotary radius that is not up to 5 meters thanks to its small body. Pedal feel is steady, we can measure how deep must step on the gas or brake to get a boost or braking with certain strength. The MX-5 steering wheel is not heavy, and blind spots on pillar A are not intrusive. What is annoying is the blind spot on the B pillar when we look back, let alone the small rear glass.
Bored with city traffic? Look for the empty and moxy drives out of this MX-5. The thing I like about non-turbo engines is the spontaneous response. Instantly there is instant boost without pause whenever we do kickdown. The Mazda MX-5’s torque and torque kick feels good in the mid-round, and the engine looks like it’s really made for pol-gassed. The higher the turn, the more melodious the sound.
If referring to the standard sports car now, the actual MX-5 is not tight. Acceleration 0-100 complete in 8 seconds and top speed this car is in the range of 210 km / hour. Not fast, but the sensation offered by MX-5 was inspiring. Although only 2,000 cc engine and powered 160 PS, this car never feels slow. This car ran without symptoms oversize , feels lighter and feels firmer than the data on paper.
Hardly notice the understeer symptoms of this car. Mazda MX-5 movement was so natural, cheerful and deft. Indeed there is a little body roll when turning abruptly, but a little body roll it even gives a sense to us about the movement of the weight of this car, not a body roll that swings like a ship that would reverse. The chassis’s character is incredibly steady and balanced, and the 50:50 weight distribution really makes this car feel like a go-kart.
When we play and dance with the Mazda MX-5, we instantly remember what is important when driving, namely: Driving the car must be fun for the driver. This car feels like an extension of our body to tread on the asphalt, drove and turned. All movements are legible, minimal unnecessary resistance and not trying to kill the rider. This car lives to be the driver’s driving partner.
This car can give a sense like being speeding even though we are not speeding. The transmission is responsive, steering is accurate and communicative, the balance is stunning and it is beautiful on the outside and inside. We admit his imperfection. Practicality is lacking, the soundproofing is still leaking, the cabin is narrow, the run is not tight and it does not feel luxurious.
But back to the essence of the Mazda MX-5, we were stunned by the fun and character offered. This car is more fun than VW Scirocco I’ve ever tried. The reason, although both are equally fun, the traditional roadster character FR format aka front engine-rear-wheel drive will not be equaled by the front-wheel drive car. It feels different. I’ve tried Boxster, Golf GTI and Subaru WRX STI, and this MX-5 can offer a distinctive preoccupation, where I do not feel it in those cars.
If you claim to like cars and like to drive, do not miss the chance if there is a MX-5 that can be tried, especially the first and fourth generation this. This car will teach you about the preoccupation of driving at a reasonable speed range. We can learn to master this car before jumping into another faster car, because again, this car is like a pet dog that is cute, cute, obedient and loyal to the master.
Driving the MX-5 makes me look at new cars now. A lot of sophisticated cars, lots of kece cars, lots of fast cars and lots of frugal cars, but how much does a cool new car brought alone? I think cars like that are already rare, and one of them the MX-5 is. MX-5 will not teach us about the future of the car world, but it reminds us of the reasons we love cars, why we like to drive and why cars are always interesting for us.
Again, this car is not for everyone. That’s true, but everyone who has not or has not decided yet to have it will still see this MX-5 on the road, and they’ll love the pretty and cute figure. Not only those who are happy, who have also will love to ride it in various conditions, because the fun and control as if it could make us forget the lack of this car.
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