Mazda MX-5 (2005–2015)

Model History

May 2005

Production started

UK deliveries from October 2005. Prices, from a very reasonable £15,600 to £19,995 (less than expected). Entry level £15,600 car has a 126PS 1.8 engine. 2.0 litre models with 160PS start at £16,600. The top model 160PS Sport is £18,900, £900 more than list for the old model Sport. Also collector's 2.0 Special Edition Launch Model priced £19,995, originally only available to MX5 Owners Club members from 1st August 2005 (but sold out by November 2005)

May 2007

875 MX-5 1.8i Icon and 375 MX-5 2.0i Icon available in the UK, based on the MX-5 1.8i and 2.0i Option Pack models in red white or blue with up to £1,500 worth of additional features 1.8i Icon £16,825 on-the-road. 2.0i Icon £17,825. Special features of the Icon include climate control air-conditioning, Icon-branded black Medici leather seats and unique Icon-branded luxury interior mats.

December 2007

‘Niseko’ edition announced

Named after Japan’s most prestigious skiing resort. Available from £17,995 on-the-road, the Niseko offers up to £2,000 worth of additional or exclusive extras over and above the equivalent standard models. On sale from 1 January 2008, both the ‘entry-level’ 1.8i Niseko soft-top (126ps, five-speed) and the £19,995 2.0i Niseko roadster coupe (160ps, six-speed) are available in an exclusive new bespoke colour ‘Icy Blue’ metallic, as well as Sunlight Silver metallic – for no additional charge.

October 2008

Mazda’s roadster gets updates that will make it even more popular with European sportscar fans. Remaking certain powertrain components allowed engineers to raise the rev limit and to optimise how the engine sounds when accelerating, which makes driving even more fun than before, and a new six-speed transmission is introduced for the first time. The roadster’s front roll centre has been lowered as well, which makes MX-5’s acclaimed one-with-the-car Jinba Ittai handlingeven stronger than before. And the Roadster Coupe cabin is now quieter and there are new equipment features for the whole line-up.

February 2010

20th Anniversary Limited Edition Mazda MX-5

Limited production run of just 2,000 units, only be available in Europe. Based on 1.8-litre SE soft-top roadster, has a special exterior styling package with chrome grille, door handles and headlight fascia; along with silver-look fog lamp surrounds, unique 17-inch alloy wheels and 20th Anniversary logos. Three colours: True Red, Crystal White Pearl and, specific for this Anniversary, a new Aurora Blue – with matching body-colour painted decorative elements in the interior. A front suspension bracing bar is also added to ensure an even more sporty and exhilarating drive.

June 2010

Continuing to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the world’s best-selling roadster, Mazda has introduced a new ‘summer special edition’ version of its iconic sportscar, named the Mazda MX-5 Miyako.

The new model, which is on sale from 1 July, is available in two versions – the 1.8i Miyako soft-top priced at £18,385 (on-the-road) and the more powerful 2.0i Miyako roadster coupe with the world’s fastest folding powered roof (up or down in 12 seconds), priced at £20,885 (on-the-road). The name ‘Miyako’ is taken from the idyllic Japanese holiday island of Miyako-jima, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful spots in Japan and the perfect location for open-top motoring.

The new Miyako is generously equipped with the interior benefitting from unique Medici premium perforated black leather trim with a red underlay and stitching, special badging, floor mats and climate control air-conditioning. The exterior includes front fog lamps, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a front suspension strut brace (for improved steering response), and free metallic paint.

The 1.8i 126ps Miyako soft-top accelerates to 62mph in a brisk 9.9 seconds, while the 2.0i Miyako roadster coupe with its 160ps engine undercuts that time by two seconds. Combined mpg and CO2 ratings are 40.4/38.2mpg and 167/177g/km, respectively.

Both Miyako models carry generous equipment levels with many features as standard including: remote central locking, a leather steering wheel with audio controls, an MP3 compatible audio system with six speakers and auxiliary (AUX) jack input, as well as heated electric mirrors and electric front windows, a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. In addition, Limited Slip Differential (LSD), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS) are included on the 2.0i.

Both versions of the MX-5 Miyako are available in Aluminium Silver Metallic, while the soft-top will also be available in Velocity Red Mica – free of charge. Just 500 examples of each version will be manufactured for the UK market.

New Mazda MX-5 Miyako / Performance & Economy



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1.8 Miyako Soft Top 9.9 121 40.4 29.7 51.4
2.0 Miyako Roadster Coupe 7.9 132 38.2 28.0 48.7

New Mazda MX-5 Miyako / Price List – July 2010



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1.8 Miyako Soft Top 126 £18,385 167 H 21E
2.0 Miyako Roadster Coupe 160 £20,885 177 I 27E

February 2011

To celebrate global production of the Mazda MX-5 passing 900,000 units, UK sales of the world’s most popular roadster reaching more than 100,000 cars and the approach of spring – Mazda introduced a new special edition.

The MX-5 ‘Kendo Special Edition’, is named after “The way of the Sword” – a modern Japanese martial art renowned for its fighting spirit, eye-catching dynamic movement and refinement. Two versions will be available from 1 March 2011. The Mazda MX-5 1.8i Kendo soft-top costs £19,255 (OTR) and the more powerful Mazda MX-5 2.0i Kendo roadster coupe has a £22,320 (OTR) price tag.

The Kendo models are designed to appeal to both the traditional soft-top roadster customer and those is in search of a more premium product with the Roadster Coupe. Based on the ‘SE’ derivatives, both Kendo models feature a unique Stone Leather interior (with Stone coloured stitching on the steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake), unique 17-inch alloy wheels, exterior badging and floor mats, plus front fog lamps, heated seats, brushed aluminium style-bar trim and aluminium pedals.

The Kendo Roadster Coupe boasts three additional items of equipment – a premium BOSE audio system, Bluetooth hands-free and cruise control. Both versions offer a choice of Sparkling Black or Dolphin Grey mica paint finish – free of charge.

Mechanically the Kendo twins are identical with their regular siblings, delivering the same unique driving pleasure. The Kendo soft-top is powered by a 126ps 1.8-litre engine, the Roadster Coupe by a 160ps 2.0-litre unit.

February 2012

Mazda MX-5 Venture Edition announced

Available in Soft-top or Roadster Coupe with upgraded luxurious specification, advanced technology, premium interior trim and exclusive exterior colours.

Based on the Mazda MX-5 SE and Sport Tech models, the Venture is available as a 1.8 MZR Soft‑top (SE) and a 2.0 MZR Roadster Coupe (Sport Tech) - with the world's fastest powered retractable hard top, up or down in just 12 seconds - with a dozen items of additional equipment over the donor car and priced at £18,995 and £22,285 (OTR).

Specification features light gun metal 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, chrome front grille, piano black fashion bars and special ‘Venture Edition' badging. Inside, stylish Havana Brown heated leather seats, leather steering wheel and hand brake with contrasting grey stitching, matching door trim, climate control air-conditioning, piano black dashboard accents, alloy pedals, cruise control (a first on 1.8 models) and, for the first time on MX-5, a satellite navigation system. Supplied by Sanyo TomTom, the sat-nav features a fully integrated 5.8-inch touch screen monitor, 4GB SD card based map (45 countries), live services, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity and complete multi-media functionality.

The Mazda MX-5 Venture will be available in three colours, the popular Metropolitan Grey Mica and two exclusive colours to this MX-5 special edition - Radiant Ebony Mica and Crystal White Pearlescent - free of charge. A genuine special edition, only 250 examples of the Venture Edition Soft-top and 550 of the Venture Edition Roadster Coupe will be available in the UK.

Mazda MX-5 Venture Edition customers have a choice of two powertrains - the 126ps 1.8 MZR with a five-speed gearbox (Soft-top) and the 160ps 2.0 MZR with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission (Roadster Coupe). Like other MX-5 models, the Venture Edition combines razor sharp handling with lively performance - sprinting to 60mph in 9.9sec (1.8 Soft-top) and 7.9sec (2.0 Roadster Coupe), and capable of going on to reach top speeds of 121mph and 136mph respectively.

For optimum handling stability, the MX-5 Venture Edition features Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and a Traction Control System (TCS) on both Soft-top and Roadster Coupe models. While the two-litre Roadster Coupe model is also equipped with a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) for enhanced handling precision and side airbags for added protection.

June 2012

After its successful race programme with its MX-5 GT, Mazda showed a 205PS street legal version of tne MX-5 GT at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 27th-30th June 2012.

Suspension of the Mazda MX-5 GT has been uprated to improve handling and is adjustable for different track conditions. Aerodynamics are courtesy of a carbon front splitter, a rear diffuser and boot spoiler. The exhaust note has been enhanced with a central tailpipe sports exhaust system. Recaro seats keep the driver iand passenger in place and some parts of the interior trim are carbon fibre to help reduce weight. For drivers who want to acquire the car for track-day use, it comes equipped with street legal semi 'slick' tyres and body-coloured roll hoops behind the seats.

July 2012

Mazda MX-5 Kuro Special Editions announced

The name Kuro, means Black in Japanese, appearing in a Brilliant Black roof, Brilliant Black door mirrors and dark gunmetal 17-inch alloy wheels, that contrast dramatically with the exterior colours of Velocity Red Mica, Crystal White Pearlescent or Brilliant Black.

Based on the MX-5 SE and Sport Tech models, the Kuro came as a 1.8i Soft-top or a 2.0i Roadster Coupe with additional spec that include: a diffuser-style rear sports bumper, larger diameter sports exhaust, unique race car inspired exterior graphics, Black detailing around the front grille and front fog lights, plus unique ‘Kuro Edition' badging.

Inside, MX-5 Kuro has unique Stone and Black heated leather seats, Stone leather door inserts, with contrasting red stitching, a silver interior deco panel with red accents, alloy pedals, premium floor mats with race inspired logo and climate control air-conditioning.

Prices were MX-5 1.8i Kuro Soft-top £18,495 and MX-5 2.0i Kuro Roadster Coupe £21,995. Only 200 examples of the Kuro (Soft-top) and 400 of the Kuro (Roadster Coupe) available in the UK.

Choice of two powertrains - the 126ps 1.8i with a five-speed gearbox (Soft-top) and the 160ps 2.0i with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission (Roadster Coupe). Like other MX-5 models, the Kuro duo combines beautifully balanced handling with lively performance - sprinting to 60mph in 9.9sec (Soft-top) and 7.9sec (Roadster Coupe), and capable of going on to reach top speeds of 121mph and 136mph respectively.

For optimum handling stability, all MX-5 models feature Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and a Traction Control System (TCS). Two-litre models are also equipped with a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) for enhanced handling precision and side airbags for added protection.

July 2012

A new, upgraded version of the world’s best-selling open-top sportscar, the Mazda MX-5, is now rolling off the assembly line in Hiroshima, Japan, on sale in the UK later in 2012. The upgraded MX-5 has enhanced safety features and refined driving attributes, together with exterior and interior improvements to make the Roadster Coupe and the classic Soft-top models even more attractive.

Exterior changes include a new, more aggressive front bumper design that also improves aerodynamic performance, and the availability of a striking new Dolphin Grey Mica paint finish. Inside, the panel décor and matching steering wheel spokes have been upgraded for an improved cabin ambience.

The MX-5 has always delivered one of the world’s most enjoyable drives, and the upgraded version was now even more responsive to driver inputs. Throttle pedal actuation has been modified on manual transmission models, increasing the feeling of linear acceleration and giving the driver even more control when accelerating from lower speeds, on winding country roads, for example.

The characteristics of the vacuum brake-booster have been revised to optimise brake return control, which is especially beneficial when the driver brakes while entering a curve. The new acceleration control then kicks-in when the driver backs off the brake and steps on the accelerator again.

Taken together, these two new upgrades make braking more controllable and acceleration after braking both smoother and faster. Consequently, the upgraded MX-5 takes Mazda’s legendary Jinba Ittai ‘horse and rider as one’ driving experience to a whole new level – and make the new model even more fun to drive.

Not only is the upgraded MX-5 more aggressive-looking, aerodynamically more efficient and better handling around corners, pedestrian safety is also greatly improved. This model introduces Mazda’s new ‘active bonnet’ pedestrian protection system which automatically raises the trailing edge of the bonnet if a pedestrian impact is detected. This action provides immediate space under the bonnet to absorb impact energy and soften the blow. Complementing the new bonnet, the new front bumper design also enhances pedestrian leg protection.

November 2012

Facelifted Mazda MX-5 announced with more responsive acceleration and braking, but also an aggressive front-end design as well as enhanced pedestrian safety. Mazda’s technology specialists fine-tuned the acceleration management program (on manual shift models) to improve acceleration control and with it the linear response to throttle input, especially at lower speeds. By optimising the vacuum brake booster, meanwhile, they also enhanced brake return control.

The upshot is better handling thanks to superior front-rear load distribution. The facelifted MX-5 is ahead of the curve in other ways, too. The new active bonnet system automatically raises the hood during an impact with a pedestrian, enlarging the crumple zone to prevent or at least diminish the severity of injuries, particularly to the head. The lower section of the front bumper has also been reinforced to better protect people’s legs.

The MX-5 was thus ready for stricter EU pedestrian safety standards. When adding these safety features, designers also reworked the front-end of Mazda’s legendary two-seater. The deeper grille and new bumper design express a lower, wider stance and a more assertive face, while the new fog lamp bezels and chin spoiler improve aerodynamics.

Available as a retractable hardtop coupe or classic soft-top convertible, the 2013 MX-5 came in a choice of eight body colours including one stunning new option: Dolphin Grey. Inside, the glossy dark grey steering wheel spokes and panel décor provide a refined sporty optic. Powered either by a 126 PS MZR 1.8-litre coupled to a five-speed manual or the 160 PS MZR 2.0-litre with a choice of automatic or manual six-speed transmissions .

November 2012

Upgraded for 2013

Mazda revised the line-up for the MX-5 by introducing upgraded models with a fresh face, new pedestrian-friendly bonnet, satellite navigation system, side airbags, climate control air-conditioning and an even more rewarding driving experience.

The new seven-strong range of upgraded Mazda MX-5 sportscars included the 2.0-litre MX-5 Sport Tech Nav models, with integrated satellite navigation as standard - a Mazda first on the MX-5 range, is on sale from 1 December priced from £18,495 to £23,595 on-the road (OTR).

As well as giving upgraded Mazda MX-5 a fresh appearance, the new front-end design simultaneously improved pedestrian safety. Keeping ahead of tougher EU regulations, the MX-5 was the first Mazda to be equipped with the company's newly-developed active bonnet system. If a collision with a pedestrian is detected, the trailing edge of the bonnet instantly ‘pops-up' to increase the crumple zone between the bonnet and engine, reducing the severity of pedestrian injuries.

Every upgraded Mazda MX-5 continued to offer the Japanese marque's unique ‘Jinba Ittai' handling finesse with a rear-wheel drive chassis that delivers perfectly balanced handling and pure driving exhilaration. Now, the six manual transmission models feature a modifiedthrottle to improve responsiveness and give more linear, nimble acceleration, especially when manoeuvring out of corners. At the same time, Mazda engineers optimised the vacuum brake booster to improve brake return control and thus front-rear load distribution, particularly when braking into bends.

The upgraded Mazda MX-5 benefited from enhanced equipment with climate control air-conditioning and glossy dark grey dashboard panel and steering wheel inserts on every model. Upgraded Mazda MX-5 Sport Tech and PowerShift models also gain an auto-dimming interior mirror, while Sport Tech models also boast an alloy pedal set.

New to the Mazda MX-5 line-up, the Sport Tech Nav model featured a TomTom satellite-navigation system with a fully integrated 5.8-inch touch screen monitor, 4GB SD card based map (45 countries), Live Services, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, and complete multi-media functionality.

The upgraded Mazda MX-5 range also benefited from a refreshed palette of colours and new to the Mazda MX-5 range, Sparkling Black Mica, Dolphin Grey Mica and Crystal White Pearlescent. Also available is the popular True Red Solid, Aluminium Silver Metallic, Copper Red Mica and Stormy Blue Mica.

Choice of three powertrains, all fine-tuned to maximise thrills and minimise fuel consumption - the 126ps 1.8i MZR with a five-speed gearbox, and the 160ps 2.0i MZR with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission or ‘PowerShift‘ six-speed sequential paddle-shift transmission that allows manual control or a fully automatic mode.

February 2013

Mazda MX-5 Venture Editions announced

Mazda MX-5 Venture Edition upgrades include: new design 17-inch Bright Finish alloy wheels, heated tan leather sports seats, tan leather door inserts and (on the soft-top model) a tan fabric roof. A choice of four exterior colours was offered - Brilliant Black, Copper Red Mica, Meteor Grey Mica and Stormy Blue Mica - plus Venture Edition badges. Prices started at £18,895 (OTR) for the 126ps, 1.8-litre Venture Edition soft-top with five-speed manual transmission and peak at £22,295 for the 160ps, 2.0-litre Venture Edition Roadster Coupe with powered folding roof. The 1.8-litre Roadster Coupe sits in the middle of the range.

February 2014

MX-5 Sport Venture models introduced

The Mazda MX-5 Sport Venture was available as a ‘Special Edition’ in three versions, the 1.8-litre 126PS soft-top or Roadster Coupe with 1.8-litre 126PS or 2.0-litre 160PS engines. They were offered with two new exterior colours and feature stone leather sports heated seats. Prices start at £18,995, with free of charge Mica paint. All come with a new 6.1-inch Mazda Navigation System with integrated Bluetooth.

What does a Mazda MX-5 (2005 – 2015) cost?

List Price from £24,125
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