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Mazda MX-5 goes topless at the Paris Motor Show

Mazda has formally unveiled the next chapter in the MX-5 story, which started way back at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. Believe it or not.

The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 roadster is 100kg lighter than its predecessor so it should, in theory, handle even better – and that’s a big claim for one of the best handling cars money can buy. It retains the usual front-midship engine, 50:50 weight ratio and rear-wheel drive.

The wheels are driven by a 1.5-litre Skyactive-G engine mated to a six-speed Skyactiv-MT gearbox. We were hoping the Paris Motor Show unveiling would bring with it details of the performance, but no such luck.

Inside is what Mazda calls a ‘state-of-the-art’ safety technology called ‘iActivesense’ and MZD Connect, the Japanese manufacturer’s in-car connectivity concept. Details of which are thin on the ground. By thin on the ground we mean non-existent.

Okay, so there’s not a lot to say. But the new pictures below have reminded us just how great the new MX-5 roadster looks. No unoriginal ‘hairdresser’ comments needed here. Stay tuned for more.

Mazda MX-5 pictures