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Mazda blesses MX-5 with turbo power in its final year of production

10 Dec 2004

NO, the Mazda MX-5 SE isn’t a snorting, WRX-eating beast like its Australian-developed predecessor, the SP. Rather, it’s an MX-5 enhanced, with improved engine response, even more finely-tuned handling and the intrinsic sense of balance that has made the MX-5 the much-loved almost-minimalist sports car it is today. Importantly, the essence of the MX-5 remains intact with the SE. You’d need to look a long way – and probably spend a lot more money – to find a better way of maximising your driving experience. It’s about as much fun as can be crammed into two seats.
Model release date: 1 March 2004 to 1 August 2005

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Mazda MX-5 SP

Released: January 02
Ended: December 03
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Mazda Motor Corporation's MX-5 SE is the successor to the first official turbocharged MX-5, the SP, which came courtesy of Mazda Australia in January 2002. Just 100 examples of the 150kW/280Nm convertible were built, at a price of $55,540, before it was discontinued in December 2003.

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