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The second MX-5 stuck very closely to the successful formula of the '89 original

29 Mar 2001

MAZDA'S MX-5 has not lost sight of its original guidelines at any stage during the past decade. The latest version, carefully revised in 1998, retains the charm of the '89 original. So the neat handling, cute looks and basic sports car attributes are still there, even if the engine has grown over the years from its original 1.6-litres to 1.8-litres, and even if the original pop-up headlights have been scrapped in favour of more trendy, lightweight fixed units.
Model release date: 1 March 1998 to 1 September 2000

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About 40 per cent of the previous MX-5 has been carried across to the new model, which arrived here in March 1998.

Previous model

Mazda MX-5

Released: Oct 1989
Ended: Sept 1997
Family Tree: MX-5

The MX-5 gained a bigger 1.8-litre engine (up from 1.6-litres) and power steering in 1993 but generally remained true to its original sports car principles. Timeless styling and true character have endeared the front-engined, rear-drive MX-5 to car enthusiasts.

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