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Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring (Mk III facelift) specs

Car type Convertible
Curb weight 1165 kg (2568 lbs)
Power / weight 138 ps (136 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 161 Nm (119 lb-ft) / t
Introduced 2009
Origin country Japan
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Performance

Top speed 212 kph (132 mph)
0 - 100 kph 7.5 s
0 - 60 mph 6.3 s
1/4 mile 14.9 s @ 90.7 mph

Powertrain

Engine type DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing (VVT)
Displacement 2.0 l (122 ci)
Power 160 ps (158 bhp / 118 kw)
Torque 188 Nm (139 lb-ft)
Power / liter 80 ps (79 hp)
Transmission 6 manual
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive

Laptimes 8

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Dirtdickler  6y ago

Motor Trend / July issue:

0-60- 6.3 seconds

Quarter mile - 14.9@90.6mph

Curb weight: 2501 lbs.

Horse power is 167@7000rpm and 140 lb-ft@5000rpm.

Tried to update but wouldn't let me...


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Dirtdickler  6y ago

Curb weight is 2450-2511 depending on options. The automatic version is heavier but it's still under 2580lbs...

Why would the less powerful euro version be heavier?


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Dirtdickler  6y ago

@ Viking

Yeah it wouldn't surprise me. The site list the new GTI weighing in at 2900lbs BUT in the U.S. even a 2dr 6MT GTI weighs over 3100lbs...

A lot of the stats on this site seem to be inaccurate but no boby seems to want to address it. I've pointed out several highly questionable stats but they don't get addressed.

Oh and I just checked out the stats for the Audi TT S coupe. It's listed as weighing 3069lbs here BUT Audi has it at 3241lbs.

I can understand 10-20 lbs BUT 100+ lbs needs to be looked into.


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Viking  6y ago

@Dirtdickler yep, according to the October 2011 Car and Driver "Best Handling Car under $40k" test, the MX-5 does have 167 hp. I don't know why this page shows 158 hp, unless it is rated differently in Europe.


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Dirtdickler  6y ago

158bhp?

I'm pretty sure the correct power rating is 167hp / 140ft-lb tq.


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Viking  6y ago

@GW2xr actually I do greatly respect the Miata and the people who drive them. It is a superb drivers car. On tight autocross courses it can easily match the lap times of more powerful, but heavier cars. It was monkeypop who referred to a reputation the MX-5 has acquired in the U.S., but I doubt that he has any less respect for the Miata than I do. He was just making an amusing comment as a joke.


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GW2xr  6y ago

Viking:

That may very well be true but such a great car deserves more respect.

People who've driven them will concure.


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Viking  7y ago

Lol. I know what Monkeypop is referring to: in the U.S. MX-5/Miatas have a reputation as being extremely popular in the gay community. I spoke with some of my friends who are gay and they say the reputation is somewhat correct. So they have good taste in fun cars, nothing wrong with that. Miatas are very popular among the SCCA community as well, since they make great race cars. Entertaining and reliable. Not enough cargo space and/or room for most people, but as has been stated, an excellent drivers car.


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TheFrank  7y ago

@ monkeypop

I'm going to assume you posted: GAY because people are talking about the MX-5 I’m right? In which case I ask you if you’ve ever thought of seeking treatment for your apparent "small ***** syndrome"?

Or is that where the car comes in to compensate? Are you one of those tough guys who uses his car as a status symbol / to impress others and think it will help you pick up women at the local bar?

Or are you one of those ignorant dudes who aren’t smart enough to realize test track numbers alone tell almost nothing when it comes to evaluating how nice a car is to drive on a daily basis?

You know, the morons who think > The Nissan GT-R is just 85k and runs the in 7:24 so all other cars suck by comparison

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Which is it because calling an MX-5 > GAY

obviously alludes to your insecurities and puts you in at least 1 or more of the above mentioned categories?


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w0o0dy  7y ago

@monkepop: i was goint to say "ignoramus" but instead i'll just ask: Ever driven one at speed?


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monkeypop  7y ago

sorry.. cant help myself..

GAY!!!!!!


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TheFrank  7y ago

@w0o0dy

Yeah sort of like an oversized go-cart basically, a lot of fun. Anybody I know who's interested in buying a sporty and fun to drive car I recommend the Miata MX-5. It's just a shame that some people put mere numbers over just about everything when it comes to sporty cars.

I mean can understand if you race your daily driver for a living but otherwise it's not that big a deal IMO. Of course you don’t want a car that’s so slow it’s dangerous but even the MX-5 is plenty quick to get you out of most hairy situations.

You also don’t want a daily driver car that’s so powerful you can barely put your foot down without breaking the speed limit without knowing. With a car like the MX-5 you can have a blast running it through the gears without worrying about exceeding the speed limit 30+mph without realizing it.


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w0o0dy  7y ago

@TheFrank: 131hp and 990kg with some suspension tweaks yet still on quite moddest tyres.. let call it lively and TONS of fun, trust me i know!


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TheFrank  7y ago

Ha-ha I meant MX-5*

But yeah the car feels like its packing much more than 167hp. I've driven the new GTI and SI and the MX-5 actually feels quicker.

But in reality I believe the GTI/ SI and MX-5 are pretty close in a straight line. Mid-high 6's for 0-60 and high 14's low 15's for 1/4mile. But just driving around you'd think the MX-5 was faster.

It feels like it's got at least 200hp.


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TheFrank  7y ago

@WOoOdy

Perhaps if you could add the power without hurting the near perfect weight distribution. Maybe a little turbo / super charger +tune would be good for ~30hp. On another note, I just drove a new 2011' MX-5 - 6 speed manual, hardtop and upgraded suspension today. The car feels A LOT quicker than you would think and of course handles amazingly. Seriously, if you don’t need a lot of space or 4drs and want something fun to drive there isn’t much reason to spend more than around 30k for an MX-4 IMO. It only has 167hp but it seriously feels like most cars with over 200+hp due to its power to weight ratio.


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w0o0dy  7y ago

@TheFrank: yes very little cars put a smile on your face like a MX5 does and none at thespeeds where a MX5 is massive fun. Its a pleasure without risking your license, few cars do that. Still a high revving 200hp (NA of course)version would make it even better i think


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TheFrank  7y ago

Regardless U.S sources (Car and Driver, Road and Track, etc.) have recorded 0-60mph in the range of 6.5-6.9 0-60 and a 1/4 mile in 14.9. Not that it at all matters because the MX-5 is phenomenal car to drive regardless.


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TheFrank  7y ago

The Mazda MX-5 isn't about #'s it's for people you like to drive. The #'s are just the #'s and nothing more. The MX-5 is more enjoyable to drive than the vast majority of cars out there regardless of lap times.

Acceleration times / lap times tell almost nothing when it comes to evaluating how good a car is to drive. The MX-5 is a perfect example of this.

If your main thing is numbers for whatever reason (bragging rights, racing to earn a living, etc.) of course there are better choices. If you just love to drive the MX-5 is very hard to match. It’s right up there with the Porsche Boxster / Cayman in terms of being a great > driver’s car

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Basically the exact opposite of something like a Nissan GT-R for instance (numbers car with little driver involvment. Good for bragging rights and winning races but not much else.


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mahz da  7y ago

pretty good for \"not a sports car\"


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w0o0dy  8y ago

It's a pretty good time but boy does it need more horsepower....

At 137hp/ton there is no car with a worse power to weight ratio in the list, not even close. The Civic Si is not that far off but fwd and 2,7seconds slower. The S2000 is quite a bit more powerfull and rearwheeldrive but its only 1,5 seconds faster than the new facelift NC Mx-5.
Good job, but fgs finally make a 200hp version!!!


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Wads  9y ago

crni09 i had to change the laptime from 1.21.3 to 1:21.3

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