23 November 2018
Ashburton Guardian, Canterbury
The world's favourite sports car has reaffirmed its prized reputation, nabbing the title of Best Convertible in the 2018 Drive Car of the Year awards.
Extensive testing by a team of motoring experts was undertaken to determine the winner, with the Mazda MX-5 GT variant claiming top spot after the comprehensive review.
The iconic MX-5 stays true to the very essence of what a sports car should deliver - a thrilling, top-down driving experience.
And while unfalteringly faithful to maintaining its authenticity, 2018 saw important upgrades across powertrain, dynamics and safety - further delighting the car's loyal fans and new-purchasers alike.
In September, the MX-5 saw advanced technologies applied to each of its engines, SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-G 1.5, to extract maximum power balanced with linear response.
To match the extra power under foot, manual and automatic transmissions were revised to deliver a sharper response and more direct driving feel.
Plus, shift timing at turn-in and torque control at turn-out were tuned for greater precision in sporty driving situations.