March 24, 2005
New York auto show
2006 Mazda MX-5 debuts
New York, New York – Injecting a sense of fun into the roadster segment with the handling and performance that marked previous generations, Mazda introduced the third-generation 2006 MX-5 and a special edition MX-5 3rd General Limited.
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Dropping the Miata name in favour of its global moniker, the MX-5 3rd General Limited will be made in a special run of 3,500 available globally, each delineated by a numbered plate on the transmission tunnel.
“We improved the all-new MX-5 to meet the needs of modern motorists while maintaining the passionate spirit of the original,” said Kory Koreeda, vice president of product development for Mazda North American Operations. “As the range-topper, the MX-5 3rd Generation Limited’s eye-catching colour and unique features will surely turn heads and bring pure driving excitement to all who sit behind the wheel.”
The exclusive colour is Velocity Red Mica. Front and rear bumpers will feature the colour, while the front bumper grille, A-pillar, outer door handle, headlamp bezel and fog lamp cover carry unique silver trim. Other features include 17-inch alloy wheels with exclusive silver finish, Sirius satellite radio-compatible seven-speaker BOSE stereo system, stainless steel scuff plates, and exclusive red leather seats that can be exchanged for black if desired.
The 2006 MX-5 is larger than the previous generation and features a 2.0-litre, 170 hp engine, newly developed from the unit used in Mazda3 and Mazda6. It delivers 140 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. It will be mated to an all-new six-speed manual transmission with ultra-short throws. Despite the increase in size, the 2006 version is only 9.9 kg heavier than the previous generation.