• Saturday, July 20, 2024
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Fun and aggression put together

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In this week’s edition of your cherished executive style, we are delighted to bring to you, the Mazda MX-5 ultimate roadster. This is a convertible sports car awarded ‘Most Popular Roadster’ at the Honest John Awards 2013 is capable of keeping the heart of discerning car freaks racing.

The Mazda MX-5 is the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car with good reason. This multi-award winning MX-5 delivers the true roadster elements outstanding agility and driving dynamics, optimal power-to-weight ratio and thrilling rear-wheel drive. And of course that power-folding hard-top roof that retracts in just 12 seconds.

Available at £20,995 (about $32,000 at the current exchange rates), It remains one of the coolest alternatives for those customers looking for a cheap sports roadster for these hot summer days. And with the new Sport Graphite Limited Edition, it got even more interesting. Typifying our unconventional approach this sports car is inspired by the Japanese notion of Jinba Ittai – ‘horse and rider as one’.

Perceived as one piece of metal that if produced in limited numbers, but offering with unlimited fun, it is this special bond between car and driver that makes the Mazda MX-5 feel so responsive, sprightly and fun to drive. This winning combination of sporty design, low stance and sculpted rear end give the Roadster Coupe the perfect blend of fun and aggression.

The sleek, aerodynamic profile of this Coupe with retractable hard-top cuts through the air with precision, further enhancing its renowned road handling and ability to stick to the road through twisting corners.

And if any reason, you have not heard anything about the MX-5 in the past few months it is only because Mazda was before now quietly preparing to unleash the new generation soon.

In order to keep customers attention focused on the model, Mazda announced the MX-5 Sport Graphite. This release comes as no big surprise, as the the model remains the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car with almost 1,000,000 units sold around the globe.

The model was initially unveiled in 1989 and it is currently in its third generation. All the three generations were built with the “Jinba ittai” credo in mind, which can be translated as “rider and horse should be one body.”

What makes the MX-5 so cool is the fact that it managed to keep its origins during all the three generations, and each one was an evolution of the previous one.

The new MX-5 Sport Graphite was inspired by the urban design and is offered in four exterior colors: Aquatic Blue Mica, Zeal Red Mica or Aluminum Silver Metallic. Each color is combined with a contrasting “Meteor Gray” retractable hard top roof and glossy, dark-grey fashion bars. Each model is further distinguished by a series of “Sport Graphite” badges.

Standard features include 17-inch dark gunmetal alloy wheels, stainless-steel scuff plates and body-colored door handles. For the interior, the new Sport Graphite offers heated black leather seats with unique grey stitching, a leather steering wheel with glossy, dark-grey spokes and dashboard panel. It also gets alloy pedals and unique floor mats with grey piping for an additional cost.

It also comes with a 5.8-inch TomTom navigation system with integrated Bluetooth hands-free kit, CD radio with auxiliary jack and six speakers, electric windows, electric adjustable mirrors with heating function.

In terms of drivetrain, the new MX-5 Sport Graphite is offered on a choice of two engine options. The base model features a 1.8-liter engine with 126 horsepower and the optional setup is a 2.0-liter engine with 160 horsepower, while the the 1.8-liter engine nets the Sport Graphite Limited Edition a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 9.9 seconds and the 2.0-liter drops the time to 7.9 seconds.

The introduction of the Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ last summer embraces everything any immensely popular sportscar stands for, fun-to-drive with spirited performance and premium levels of specification, with the added benefit of distinct styling for those who dare to be different.

With just 500 models available in the UK, the ‘Sport Graphite’ is sure to be highly sought-after, offering exclusivity to owners of Mazda’s latest enhancement to the range of MX-5 sportscars and an excuse to escape the city.

MIKE OCHONMA