Fans of Mazda’s RX-8 sports coupe are in mourning, as the only sports car from that brand with more than 200 horsepower has gone the way of the dodo. However, Mazda fans can take heart, as the brand is weighing whether to put the 205-horsepower MX-5 Miata GT into production.
Miata GT among long line of sporty one-offs
The RX-8 is no more. Fans of Mazda’s sports cars only have the MX-5 Miata to console themselves. Not that it’s such a bad thing; it’s the best-selling convertible of all time for good reason. It’s light, rear wheel drive, relatively cheap and easy to tune into an unhinged, snarling beast.
Mazda is well aware of that and have created a number of one-off editions of the Miata, usually for show purposes. For instance, there was the Miata Super 20 in 2010, according to InsideLine, the MX-5 Miata Yusho that was recently shown off at the Leipzig Motor Show, according to AutoBlog. Currently, the MX-5 Miata GT, according to Car and Driver, is on the show circuit and Mazda is mulling whether or not to put the tuner special into production.
All tuned up and nowhere to go but Goodwood
The car was created partially for demonstration purposes, as it was taken to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex, England. Goodwood is part car show, part race, as it also involves a hill climb race. The Miata GT, according to AutoBlog, is participating, as it isn’t just for show.
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The car was turned over to Jota Sport, a race-tuning company in Britain that creates track-spec Miatas for Mazda. Jota tuned the engine to deliver an additional 38 horsepower, boosting output to 205 horsepower from the stock model’s 167. It also gets a track-tuned adjustable suspension, carbon fiber body kit, lighter carbon fiber Recaro racing seats. There’s also a sport-tuned exhaust.
Mazda is also looking for any potential customer reactions, so the sportier model may hit the production line in the future. There are also roll hoops and road slick tires for anyone looking to pick up a track toy.
Some time since last tuned version
There have been a few special MX-5 Miata editions, among the more notable being the MazdaSpeed Miata. That model was released in 2004, according to Car and Driver. The car was fitted with a turbocharger that gave it a 36 horsepower boost up to 178 horsepower. It was also a bargain, as opting for the faster turbo edition only cost an extra $827 over the base price of the next model down.
Whether or not the GT-5 makes it to production remains to be seen, but a tuned up special edition could be a lot of fun.
Car and Driver: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/mazdaspeed-mx-5-miata-road-test