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From the Editor…
Mazda’s MX-5 roadster has always divided opinion with petrolheads. Where some revere the lightweight roadster as the ultimate affordable sports car, others dismiss it as a soft option that lacks the visceral thrills and outright performance to make it a contender. However, the sales figures suggest otherwise, and with the number of MX-5s having now topped the one-million mark – and still climbing – it’s obvious that there are more fans out there than haters. Maybe three decades on from its original launch, modifying fans are also starting to see the light, too, finally being able drop the hairdresser stigma in favour of one of a hair-rasier instead. And this is why we have decided to dedicate this issue to celebrating the MX-5’s 30 years as the definitive drop top.
“Kicking off the section is Tommy Barbiarz’s mental turbocharged monster”
Packing 318bhp and the first Pandem kit to debut on an ND MX-5 at SEMA, it’s truly a testament to how far the model has come. We’ve also got a look back over the history of the MX-5, with everything from how the initial concept for the model was formed to the development of each of the four generations explained. To top off the section, we’ve also given you all the tips you’ll need to bag an original Mk1 model and tune it for best performance. If you buy well, you’ll have one of the best performance bargains available.
But as much as we love the MX-5 we’ve not forgotten about the rest of the scene, as we’ve also got plenty of other cool features including a Liberty Walk kitted GT86, a 500bhp supercharged 350Z and an air-slammed VIPstyle Lexus GS450h. And that’s before you’ve found out how you can get into hillclimbing, and the three top options to buy and tune for this thrilling discipline.