A mid-cycle facelift for the third generation of the ever-green Mazda MX-5 two-seater has seen the addition of an automatic gearbox option in the UK for the first time. Complete with wheel-mounted paddles, the six-speed transmission allows auto-drivers to sample the MX-5's much-vaunted 'drivers' car' appeal. Having always been lauded as a 'drivers' car', it is a brave step for Mazda to offer the MX-5 roadster with an automatic gearbox in the UK.
Traditionally a market for manuals, even some super-car manufacturers have struggled to convince the sports car purchasing public that there is a place for automatic gearboxes in genuine sports road cars. Although some markets have been able to purchase Mazda's iconic two-seater roadster with an automatic gearbox for some time, Mazda waited until it had a set-up the company believed was able to do the model justice before making it available in the UK. The six-speed 'Powershift' sequential automatic is able to operate as a fully automatic unit or as a sequential manual using either the central gear selector or the four paddles - up and down are present on each side to suit all tastes - incorporated into and behind the steering wheel.
Available only with the 2. Firstly it is not available with either the limited-slip differential or the up-rated Bilstein suspension present on the six-speed manual 2. Secondly, there are marginal fuel efficiency and performance penalties to pay. Equipment levels remain impressive however, with the Powershift equipped model benefitting from the same trim and equipment as the Sport level manual versions in both soft-top and Roadster form.
Lighter and therefore faster and more fuel efficient, the soft-top features a manually operated canvas roof so is a little less refined than the hard-top. It is an improvement over the pre-facelift model however, with improved sound-proofing and better isolation of road noise. Although the automatic gearbox cannot live up to the extremely high standards set by the manual transmission, the 'Powershift' equipped MX-5 remains a massively entertaining car to drive.
It allows auto drivers to sample the model's precision handling and fun nature for the first time and the easy to operate paddle-shift system makes it a little more involving. The soft-top model is less refined than the Roadster Coupe, but a well built and highly entertaining model none-the-less.
All generations of MX-5 have boasted excellent reliability and the simplicity and lightness of the folding roof mechanism should mean there are few problems. Running costs for the soft-top are reasonable but the automatic gearbox is marginally thirstier than the manual options. Insurance ratings are middling and no higher for the soft-top than the Roadster Coupe and, of course, the soft-top is cheaper to buy.
The fold-flat canvas roof fails to take up any boot-space because, meaning it is limited but still decent for a car of this nature. A small 'parcel shelf' behind the seats will do for a jacket or with the roof up and there's a compact glovebox and two cup holders. Door pockets are restricted to small nets, however, so trinkets will need to go in the small cubby holes behind the seats. The simple but attractive instrument binnacle has been revised, now offering easier to read graphics spaced further apart.
There's also a wider red band on the rev counter for the two-litre model and the single LCD display features red backlighting. The changes work well, and the displays communicate information quickly to the driver with minimal fuss. The small trip computer screen can be obscured by the steering wheel hub, depending on the chosen driving position. Tall drivers fare better than they do in some rivals, largely thanks to the low seating position, but the MX-5 is still very cramped meaning it won't be a car for everyone.
Noise levels are naturally higher than in the Roadster Coupe but still well suppressed compared with previous soft-tops. The ride very comfortable for a sports car, largely because the harsher Bilstein dampers are not available with the automatic gearbox.
With the roof down, the small deflector does an excellent job of reducing buffeting and the redesigned Recaro seats are exceptionally supportive. Central locking, alarm and immobiliser are all standard features but the soft-top can be penetrated by little more than a sharp knife. There's additional covered storage behind the seats for smaller items.
The MX-5 benefits from two-chamber side airbags as well as front driver and passenger airbags. Traction control and stability control are also standard equipment.
A tyre pressure monitoring system is available, and an external temperature gauge warns drivers of potentially icy conditions outside. The model's responsive and predictable nature also helps make it a safe car on the road. The soft-top version is lighter than the Roadster Coupe variant, making it marginally quicker away from the lights.
Pin sharp handling and near perfect balance and poise, despite not feeding through the limited-slip differential available on the manual, make it a delight to drive. The steering offers precision and plenty of feedback while requiring minimal input and the car feels light and responsive on the road.
The 2. Gear changes are sharp and jerk-free in fully auto mode, while the paddle-shift option proves simple to operate once familiar and will suit most tastes.Nb 98 - genuine mazda mx5 guards Dont buy fake non genuine guards of ebay made in china that are weak and dont line up correctly on your car etc. When contacting our friendly sales staff please quote the following internal reference number: To.
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Search alert. Price Minimum Price.Mazda themselves have issued many revisions due to failures, and even using the very latest revision the gearbox is certainly not robust enough for extended track work or greatly improved torque levels.
We commissioned a leading European gearbox specialist to assess the standard gearbox and the feasibility of strengthening the unit for sustained track use or higher torque applications. The conclusion was far from good, requiring replacement gear sets, a new strengthened housing with additional shaft support, even then they were uncomfortable with the standard low diff ratio placing unnecessarily high stress directly on the gearbox.
From this it was clear that strengthening the existing gearbox was far from economically viable and an alternative gearbox being a far better solution.
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Ships for free. We're big fans of sequential shift lights or LED tachs. They allow you to monitor your engine speed without having to take your eyes away from the road by lighting up a series of LEDs with engine speed. The main LEDs are the primary attraction, lighting up in sequence as you approach the redline. It'll dim itself at cruise so you're not blinded by high-intensity LEDs when you're not working the car hard.
There's also a small display screen that can give you extra information such as battery voltage or programmable alerts. All the programming can be done via the keys on the tach.
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Bolt Checkout. Warning: Cancer and reproductive harm.Aug 21st at PM. It is a member of the Mazda's L-series. The Red line is the old 2. I think we have a solution for him. Find out how much engine oil does your car need. Shortcuts for most operations. Automatic transmissions have gotten a lot better since then, in The Quaife QBE46Z is a high performance motorsport grade 5 speed sequential gearbox for high power and track day use.
Specs datasheet with technical data and performance data plus an analysis of the direct market competition of Mazda MX-5 1. It does make the gearbox a little notchy and also Customers have reported that 1st gear hard to find on their NC MX5. A high strength 80mm shaft centre design with all alloy casings enables QBE60G to handle up to bhp. It was first introduced in model year of the Mazda3. Quick shift with easy-fit straight on your original gearbox. Chris Tutor. The new Mazda MX-5 Cup car is priced atWaterproofed aluminium case with shock absorbers.
We know Miata manual transmissions and their shifters pretty well from our experience in building super high quality aluminum and bronze racing bushings. Suitable for all Mazda MX-5 NC 5 speed gearboxes with a standard H shifting pattern, ensuring that the coupling system and everything else remains completely Combine the ease of an automatic with the driver control of a manual, and what you've got is a sequential manual transmission.
Equally useful on a warm track day as stylish on the street. Short shifter is essential to any dedicated track car, or even your daily driver that could use crisper, more precise shifts. The fuel pump is driven directly by exhaust camshaft.
This wet-clutch DCT was designed with gearbox specialist Getrag under the Getrag Ford Transmissions joint venture, founded inand is expected to feature in other Ford and Volvo models. But yet the Miata maintains it's reputation has a dead-reliable, low cost to own, easy to maintain roadster. Specifications listing with the performance factory data There is the system calls Dual S-VT Dual Sequential Valve Timing which provided variable intake and exhaust valve timing.
At the base of the gearstick is the nylon baseplate that locates and holds the gearstick in the gearbox. This works very well without wearing out the actual selector. With 90mm shaft centres the unit is capable of transmitting up to bhp and incorporates an integral in-line transfer assembly.A little history about the MX5 gearbox.
It actually started life as quite an agricultural unit, for the Mazda B series pick up truck and has its roots in the s. Vehicles with considerably higher torque output than our little roadster, hence why they can typically take nearly 3x the stock power output. The lightweight shockproof takes up the extra load and protects the gears when slamming them into each other, it coats and almost bonds to the material — covering everything blue internally. It acts like a weight oil, with the properties of a The best oil for your Mx5 differential is, in our opinion and testing.
Redline Lightweight Shockproof, one quart of it will see you sorted. One of the reasons that 5 and 6-speed gearboxes fail, or at least one of the theories, is the entire case of the gearbox getting overheated and the oil, in turn, being overwhelmed by the heat. A good way to combat this is by wrapping your downpipe or using other forms of heat barriers on the gearbox itself.
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Non cup spec MX-5 cars are slightly higher. Orders are now being accepted. Although not currently legal in all race classes, the sequential gearbox option continues to place the GMX-5 Cup car further ahead as the perfect choice for track day enthusiasts and endurance racers. The SADev unit was selected for its elegance in engineering, reliability, speed and usability. Mazda pro racers Chad McCumbee and Tom Long developed the gearbox, and regularly set lap times two seconds faster than those with the conventional gearbox.
I appreciate LRR allowing me to assist in the development process. The thrill of no-lift shifting mated to quick precise gear changes takes the driving experience to the next level. A must for any driver looking to add that next step component to their GMX-5 racecar.
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