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Powerful Mazda MX-5 GT Wows Goodwood

July 2nd, 2012

How does a Mazda MX-5 Miata with 205 horsepower, an upgraded suspension, a carbon fiber front splitter, and a rear diffuser and spoiler sound to you? It sounded pretty good to the attendees of the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend, zooming out of the dreams of car-lovers everywhere and on to the pavement.

Mazda just debuted its road-legal MX-5 GT Concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Mazda MX-5 GT Concept was shown off throughout the festival on Mazda’s stand. It also conquered a hillclimb in the ‘First Glance’ category.

The Mazda MX-5 GT Concept has been inspired by Mazda’s podium winning MX-5 GT race program and its debut at Goodwood tested customer reactions to a high performance version of the iconic sportscar. Built by race specialists Jota Sport, the MX-5 GT Concept produces 205 HP from a normally aspirated 2.0-liter Mazda petrol engine which is mated to the car’s standard manual gearbox.

Suspension has been uprated to improve handling and is adjustable for different track conditions, aerodynamic assistance comes from a carbon front splitter, a rear diffuser and boot spoiler. The exhaust note has been enhanced with a sports exhaust system with a central tailpipe. Recaro seats enhance the driver stability and the interior features a number of carbon enhancements that help reduce weight. For customers who want to acquire the car for track use, it comes equipped with road slicks and body-coloured roll hoops behind the seats.


 

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