The Mazda MX-5 is a model of car manufactured by Japanese manufacturer Mazda. Various versions of the MX-5 have featured in every mainline version of Gran Turismo. The MX-5 is a 2-seater, roadster style sports coupe that has been produced by Mazda from 1989 to the present day and is among the most popular cars ever released, having sold in excess of 900,000 units to date.
The earlier models of MX-5 were referred to as First Generation (or NA). This was superseded in 1998 by the Second Generation (NB) and then in 2006 by the Third Generation (NC). Then it was superseded in 2015 by the Fourth Generation (ND).
- 1 First Generation (NA)
- 2 Second Generation (NB)
- 3 Third Generation (NC)
- 4 Fourth Generation (ND)
- 5 Acquisition in Gran Turismo
- 6 Mazda MX-5 in Events
- 7 Pictures
First Generation (NA)
*The Eunos Roadster was sold as the Mazda MX-5/Miata in the Europe/US.
The Eunos Roadster captured the imagination of the world as soon as it made its appearance in September 1989. We know it better as the Miata, and it revived the category of the lightweight convertible sports cars, bringing the classic genre back into the limelight. With a light and compact body, rear-wheel-drive and a simple-yet-straightforward 1.6-liter DOHC inline-4, the Roadster was as fun to drive as it was good looking. It came powered by the 1.6-liter Type B6-ZE that produced 118 HP and 101.2 lb-ft of torque. The suspension system consisted of double wishbones at all four corners, while the brakes were discs at both front and rear.
Mazda wanted to make sure that its new creation acted like part of the driver's body, going wherever the driver wanted in an effortless way. Thus, the phrase "rider, horse, one body" was adopted as its guiding principle.
In August 1993, a new engine, the 1.8L DOHC Type BP-ZE, was placed under the hood, with output increased to 128 HP and 115.7 ft-lb of torque. The next round of changes came in August 1995 when the final gear ratio and flywheel were modified, thus creating the 1800 Series II. Mazda produced 531,890 units through the end of 1997, setting a world record for production of a 2-passenger open vehicle, a fact recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Second Generation (NB)
*The Mazda Roadster was sold at the Mazda MX-5/Miata in Europe/US.
In January 1998, nine years after its debut and became an instant classic, the second generation arrived. In Japan, Mazda's Eunos brand had disappeared, so the car became known simply as the Mazda Roadster. Although the look has slightly changed from the original model, the car retained the qualities that made the first-gen Roadster so endearing. Like the original, it was developed under the "rider, horse, one body" philosophy.
Under the hood was the same engine as before, a 1.8L DOHC inline-4 , but output was bumped to 143 BHP and 120.0 lb-ft. Mazda also introduced a new 6-speed manual gearbox to the options list. The first minor change happened in July 2000, when the new 1.8L S-VT was introduced (S-VT stood for Sequential Valve Timing), allowing the 4-cylinder engine to produce 158 HP and 125.1 lb-ft of torque. In Japan, the 1.6-liter DOHC inline-4, rated at 123 HP and 104.8 lb-ft of torque, was revived to go along with a 5-speed manual transmission. In addition to the engine tweaks, Mazda reinforced the body to accommodate the extra power. Also, a new model, the RS-II that featured 16-in. wheels, was added to the lineup. At the end of 2003, a turbocharged version was introduced, boasting 170 HP and 154.0 lb-ft of torque, giving the fun little convertible a mean side.
Third Generation (NC)
In August 2005, the Mazda Roadster made its full model change to its third generation model, coded the NC. Though it is given increased collision safety features and environmental performance suited for the new era, serious efforts were made by the design team to maintain the greatest attraction of the roadster, of being able to control the car exactly to the will of the driver. Because of this, significant focus was placed in keeping the weight low, and resulted in a car that is only 10 kg heavier than the previous version (RS grade model)
The car is powered by a new LF-VE, a 2L, DOHC inline 4 engine, combined with a 6 speed or 5 speed MT, or a 6 speed AT. The body was enlarged by 1.5 inches in both length and width, and the wheelbase has been extended by 2.5 inches. With its length now at 67.7 inches, the car has now become a higher size class 3 in Japanese vehicle registrations. On the other hand, the engine itself is now 3.1 inches shorter, enabling a full front midship configuration, and maintaining a 50:50 weight balance front to rear. The suspension utilizes a new multilink in the rear to achieve a higher road holding performance. All this effort paid off, as in November 2005, it became Japan's car of the year.
The RS is the sports grade of the Roadster and is equipped with features like Bilstein dampers, 17 inch wheels, and a front suspension tower bar. In August 2006, a RHT model with a powered retractable hardtop was added, and in January 2007, the roadster achieved over 800,000 cars sold, cumulatively for the entire series.
Later in December 2008 a minor change was performed, and in addition to changes in the front grille and headlight shape, many detailed refinements have been made. The maximum output of the engine is now produced at a range 300rpm higher at 7000rpm, and the rev limit has ben increased by 500rpm, to 7500rpm.
Fourth Generation (ND)
The 4th generation Mazda Roadster, the code 'ND' model, was announced for the first time in physical form at the New York Auto Show in April 2014. Although this was only a display of the chassis, engine, drivetrain and suspension, it could immediately be seen that the heavy items were mounted low and towards the centre of the chassis, that major efforts were made to reduce weight and that the driver sat slightly behind the centre of the car. The display succeeded in raising expectations of fans worldwide.
The next major update was in September of the same year. The styling was revealed simultaneously in Japan, the US and Europe and its sale was announced to begin in 2015.
The car has a low nose and shoulder line and is wide and low overall. Its elegant lines are glamorous, but the size of the body is still smaller than the previous type NC model. The car was received well worldwide, both in terms of size and design.
In 2015 more details regarding the car began to surface. The size of the car is 3,915 mm x 1,735 mm x 1235 mm, with a wheelbase of 2,310 mm. The weight of the car is between 990 kg and 1,060 kg depending on the grade model. The engine is a 1,496 cc DOHC inline 4 producing 129 BHP / 15.3 kgfm. The transmission is offered in a 6-speed MT and a torque converter AT.
Pre-orders began in March 2015 and the available grade models were also introduced: the basic S model, the S special package with upgraded driving perfomrance and the luxurious S leather package. The S model is not equipped with an LSD or rear stabiliser and the standard equipment is fairly simple. However, at the same time this grade model weighs less than a ton at 990 kg, giving you a taste of the true nature of the new 'ND' Roadster.
Acquisition in Gran Turismo
Several models of the MX-5 appear across the Gran Turismo Series. The following will summarize how to acquire each specific model in each game.
|Car||Price New (Cr.)||Price Used (Cr.)||Prize From|
|Mazda Eunos Roadster '89 Normal||???||6,000||None|
|Mazda Eunos Roadster '90 V-Special||???||6,200||None|
|Mazda Eunos Roadster '92 S-Special||???||7,900||None|
|Mazda Eunos Roadster Normal||17,400||???||Lightweight Car Race|
|Mazda Eunos Roadster V-Special||24,400||???||None|
|Mazda Eunos Roadster S-Special||22,250||???||None|
|Mazda Roadster '98 RS (Arcade Mode only)||None||None||None|
Gran Turismo 2
|Car||Price New (Cr.)||Price Used (Cr.)||Prize From|
|Eunos Roadster (NA) '89||???||5,900||None|
|Eunos Roadster V Special (NA) '90||??||6,600||None|
|Eunos Roadster S Special (NA) '92||??||8,300||None|
|Eunos Roadster (NA) '93||??||8,100||None|
|Eunos Roadster V Special (NA) '93||??||9,800||None|
|Eunos Roadster S Special (NA) '93||??||9,000||None|
|Roadster 1.8 RS (NB) '98||22,950||??||None|
|Roadster 1.8 VS (NB) '98||23,950||??||None|
|Roadster 1.6 S Package (NB) '98||19,600||??||None|
|Roadster A-Spec||??||??||World Open Car Cup|
|Roadster B-Spec||??||??||Tuned NA Car No. 1 Cup|
|Roadster C-Spec||??||??||Tuned NA Car No. 1 Cup|
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
|Car||Price New (Cr.)||Prize From|
|Miata MX-5||16,900||Spider and Roadster|
Gran Turismo World Championship (Beginner)
Roadster Apricot Hill Endurance
|Miata MX-5 '93||17,000||???|
|Miata MX-5 1.8 RS||22,950||Roadster Apricot Hill Endurance|
B License Gold Award
|Miata MX-5 LS||23,280||???|
Gran Turismo 4
|Car||Price New (Cr.)||Price Used (Cr.)||Prize From|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata (NA) '89||N/A||5,949||None|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.8 RS (NB, J) '98||N/A||11,475||None|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata 1600 NR-A (NB, J) '04||20,500||???||None|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata 1800 RS (NB, J) '00||N/A||11,640||None|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata 1800 RS (NB, J) '04||23,500||???||None|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata J-Limited (NA, J) '91||N/A||9,500||None|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata J-Limited II (NA, J) '93||N/A||7,104||None|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata SR-Limited (NA, J) '97||N/A||12,336||None|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata S-Special Type I (NA, J) '95||N/A||9,975||None|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata VR-Limited (NA, J) '95||N/A||10,400||None|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata V-Special Type II (NA, J) '93||N/A||8,399||None|
Gran Turismo 5
|Car||Level||Price New (Cr.)||Price Used (approx) (Cr.)||Prize From|
|Eunos Roadster (NA Special Package) '89||0||17,000||N/A||???|
|Eunos Roadster J-Limited (NA) '91||0||19,000||N/A||iB License Bronze Prize|
|Roadster RS (NC) '07||0||25,000||N/A||???|
|Roadster Touring Car||0||167,000||N/A||DLC: Racing Car Pack|
|Eunos Roadster J-Limited II (NA) '93||0||N/A||16,377||???|
|Eunos Roadster S-Special I (NA) '91||0||N/A||14,080||???|
|Eunos Roadster SR-Limited (NA) '97||0||N/A||15,665||???|
|Eunos Roadster V-Special II (NA) '93||0||N/A||15,700||???|
|Eunos Roadster VR-Limited (NA) '95||0||N/A||13,630||???|
|MX-5 (NA) '89||0||N/A||15,329||???|
|MX-5 1.8 RS (NB, J) '98||0||N/A||18,790||???|
|MX-5 1600 NR-A (NB, J) '04||0||N/A||16,980||???|
|MX-5 1800 RS (NB, J) '04||0||N/A||19,480||???|
|MX-5 J-Limited (NA, J) '91||0||N/A||14,000||???|
|MX-5 J-Limited II (NA, J) '93||0||N/A||14,930||???|
|MX-5 Miata (NA) '89||0||N/A||12,555||???|
|MX-5 Miata 1.8 RS (NB, J) '98||0||N/A||18,040||???|
|MX-5 Miata 1600 NR-A (NB, J) '04||0||N/A||16,985||???|
|MX-5 Miata 1800 RS (NB, J) '00||0||N/A||19,530||???|
|MX-5 Miata 1800 RS (NB, J) '04||0||N/A||19,480||???|
|MX-5 Miata J-Limited (NA, J) '91||0||N/A||14,000||???|
|MX-5 Miata J-Limited II (NA, J) '93||0||N/A||15,000||???|
|MX-5 Miata S-Special I (NA, J) '95||0||N/A||12,260||???|
|MX-5 Miata SR-Limited (NA, J) '97||0||N/A||14,450||???|
|MX-5 Miata V-Special II (NA, J) '93||0||N/A||15,670||???|
|MX-5 Miata VR-Limited (NA, J) '95||0||N/A||15,590||???|
|MX-5 S-Special I (NA, J) '95||0||N/A||12,250||???|
|MX-5 SR-Limited (NA, J) '97||0||N/A||14,430||???|
|MX-5 V-Special II (NA, J) '93||0||N/A||15,630||???|
|MX-5 VR-Limited (NA, J) '95||0||N/A||13,560||???|
|Roadster 1.8 RS (NB) '98||0||N/A||21,000||???|
|Roadster 1600 NR-A (NB) '04||0||N/A||17,000||???|
|Roadster 1800 NR-A (NB) '04||0||N/A||21,350||???|
|Roadster 1800 RS (NB) '04||0||N/A||19,500||???|
Mazda MX-5 in Events
- The Mazda Roadsters Cup and Mazda Roadsters Cup +, housed respectively in the Beginner and Amateur League of the GT League mode.
- The NR-A Roadster Cup, an Amateur Series event available at Level 6, is open to any variant of Mazda MX-5/(Eunos) Roadster/Miata in the game, and consists of one race - 5 laps of Tsukuba Circuit.
A-6: Tackling a Set of Undulating Corners:
- Trial Mountain Circuit (Turns 1, 2, 3)
- Mazda Eunos Roadster (NA Special Package) '89
- The NR-A Roadster Cup, a championship race available with a B License, is open to any variant of Mazda MX-5/(Eunos) Roadster/Miata in the game, and consists of five races (in order) - 2 laps of Twin Ring Motegi East, 1 lap of Tokyo R246, 2 laps of Clubman Stage R5 (reversed), 3 laps of Tsukuba Circuit, and 2 laps of Trial Mountain.
- The Roadster 4-Hour Endurance, an endurance race open to any variant of Mazda MX-5/(Eunos) Roadster/Miata in the game, and consists of one race - 4 hours and one lap of Tsukuba Circuit.