A Quarter Century Of MX-5 Goodness



Guiness World’s Record for Best Selling 2 Seater Sports Car.

Any car enthusiast would have at some point in his / her life wanted the MX-5.

Launched in May 1989, the first-generation MX-5 Miata featured a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with 116hp with a choice of a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The engineering team created a three-fold, easy-to-operate soft top with one-hand operation that was lightweight and offered superior weather protection, and is still the model of simplicity in today’s roadsters.

The second generation debuted in 1998, offering a more powerful 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine with 140hp. Features such as a straight intake port, a variable-inertia exhaust system and a dual exhaust manifold were incorporated to aid the sporty feel. In 2005, the third generation was introduced with a new 16-valve, 2.0-litre MZR in-line 4, producing 170hp, coupled to either a 5 or 6-speed manual transmission, with the option of a 166hp 6-speed automatic.

To this very day, the MX-5 is the holy grail of lightweight, balanced and economical roadsters that money can buy. The fourth generation MX-5 is due next year.

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About Jack Lee

Jack Lee is an unqualified petrol head (some say, to be one, you have to own an Alfa Romeo) who is disappointed with cars which are getting more and more electronics and the lack of interest in cars shown by today's youths in general. He owns an almost 20 year car from Germany, which has almost 50:50 weight distribution, 3 pedals (manual, FTW!) and believes that everyone should spin at the last corner of Sepang circuit at least once in their life. He also holds the distinction in TCG as the person with the lightest right foot, of course, when compared with his colleagues' mutated cast iron right foot.

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