Mazda entered the world of motorsport in May 1964 when nine Mazda Carols raced in the second Japanese Grand Prix. All ran faultlessly throughout the race, with the two leading cars finishing fourth in their class. Mazda's extensive motorsport activities culminated in its historic win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991. In 2010 Mazda UK commissioned Jota Sport to take the brand back to the track to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the legendary MX-5 sports car. Today, Jota has officially revealed the Mazda MX-5 GT.
The Mazda MX-5 GT has been previewed by a concept which was presented at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It draws inspiration from the MX-5 Roadster Coupe Sport Tech. The vehicle is powered by an upgraded 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 203 bhp (151 kW). This configuration allows the model to sprint the 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds and to reach a limited maximum speed of 140 mph (225 km/h). With an uprated Bilstein dampened suspension and a rear carbon fibre diffuser, Jota improves the car’s aerodynamics.
Jota also placed some other fancy elements on the Mazda MX-5 GT. The vehicle features a brilliant black roof and anthracite alloy wheels. It is also equipped with Recaro seats. The Jota Mazda MX-5 GT has been designed to offer a power and handling package that improves the driving experience. Smooth linear acceleration from the normally aspirated engine combines with the handling that has won the MX-5 awards over the last 23 years and remains true to the original MX-5 concept. The vehicle will be available only from Lodge Garage Mazda in Aylesbury, UK and pricing begins at £29,995 ($48,430 / €35,430).
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