Mazda MX 5

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Mazda mx-5

Nobody knew what a huge success the Mazda MX5 will have when the car was launched in 1989.

The little 2-seats roadster was sold in over 400.000 units. And that was only for the first generation of the Mazda MX5 – Miata as it is known in the North-American Continent.

The Mazda MX5 NA, the code-name for the first generation of the Miata, was a simple roadster, built on the idea of a British roadster, but with the Japanese reliability. It was not a fast car, or quick or luxurious. It was a simple, reliable, nimble vehicle that could be driven daily, year after year.

The design was plain and simple, with the grille incorporated into the lower part of the bumper. It looked just like a smiling mouth and, with the pop-up headlights, the front of the car looked like a smiling face.

Inside the cabin, there was room for two passengers, but not so tall. The headroom with the soft top up was limited. The Miata won a lot of customers due to its driving position with the legs almost stretched under the dashboard and low seating position. The instrument cluster had the most important four dials for a sports car: fuel gauge, coolant temperature, tachometer, and speedometer. An interesting sound system for that era was offered as an option for Radio-Cassette-CD Player.

The front engine-rear wheel drive roadster was so pleasant to drive that soon it became an iconic car in the roadster segment. It was the car that re-launched the roadster segment, back in the ’90s.

Engine Technical Data


Engine type – Number of cylinders : V 12
Engine Code : F113 A000
Fuel type : Petrol
Fuel System : Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection
Lubrication :
Coolant :
Engine Alignment : Longitudinal
Engine Position : Mid-engine
Engine size – Displacement – Engine capacity : 4943 cm3 or 301.6 cu-in
Bore x Stroke : 82 x 78 mm
3.23 x 3.07 inches
Number of valves : 48 Valves
Aspiration : N/A
Compression Ratio : 9.2
Maximum power – Output – Horsepower : 390 PS or 385 bhp or 287 kW @ 6300 rpm
Maximum torque : 480 Nm or 354 lb.ft @ 4500 rpm
Drive wheels – Traction – Drivetrain : RWD
Transmission Gearbox – Number of speeds :
Body : Cabrio    
Num. of Doors : 2    
Wheelbase : 226 cm or 88.98 inches    
Length : 395 cm or 155.51 inches    
Width : 168 cm or 66.14 inches    
Height : 123 cm or 48.43 inches    
Front Axle : 141 cm or 55.51 inches    
Rear Axle : 142.7 cm or 56.18 inches    
Num. of Seats : 2    
Aerodynamic drag coefficient – Cx :    
Front Brakes – Disc dimensions : Vented Discs (235 mm)    
Rear Brakes – Dics dimensions : Discs (231 mm)    
Front Tyres – Rims dimensions : 185/60 R14    
Rear Tyres – Rims dimensions : 185/60 R14    
Curb Weight : 950 kg OR 2094 lbs    
Weight-Power Output Ratio : 8.3 kg/hp    
Trunk / Boot capacity : 160 L    
Steering : Rack and pinion.    
Front Suspension : Independent. Double Wishbones. coil springs. anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension : Independent. Double Wishbones. anti-roll bar
Fuel Consumption – Economy – Combined: 7.8 L/100km
36 mpg UK / 30 mpg US
Range : 576 Km or 358 miles
Fuel Tank Capacity : 45 L
9.9 UK gallons
11.9 US gallons
CO2 emissions : 186 g/Km (estimate)


Top Speed :195+ km/h or 121+ Mph
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) :8.8 s