The world's best-selling two-seat sports car has been around for a quarter of a century now. Hard to believe, right? But its easy to see why. The Mazda MX-5 Miata has kept driving real for fans the world over since its debut in 1989, by virtue of its addictive simplicity and affordability.
The MX-5 has always been a car that didn't necessarily give you too many bragging rights, but its classic open-top, front-engine, rear-drive layout ensured your soul was stirred around every time you worked the stubby manual shifter on a countryside drive.
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There's an all new one just revealed in official pictures, and it's one hell of a looker. Mazda's KODO design language has rendered the car with beautifully compact and flowing proportions. The squinty headlamps and their ‘eyelids' and the large central breather dominate the front features, while a modern take on the tail lamps of old looks stunning. You will turn heads in a Miata now, that's for sure...
Mazda tells us that the car has shed 100 kilograms of lard, and is even more compact than not just its predecessor, but any of its three previous generations. We're expecting this to translate into an equally if not even more involving driving experience that should be as pure as it is exciting.
Not much else is known about the new Miata at the moment, with Mazda hushing up specification details as the car is still in development and won't be ready for launch before next year. This non-leaky-style reveal is creating a huge buzz around the new MX-5 - it's got fans and hacks alike eagerly lapping up each detail revealed - such is the evergreen appeal of the cult car.
So that's about all we can tell you about the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata for now, since we're waiting in line with everyone else to learn more about the sweet-handling, lightweight sports car that is going to set the sales charts rolling for one of our favourite international car makers. Almost a million have been produced already, here's to the next million. Watch this space.