2000 Mazda MX-5 – Today’s Budget Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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2000 Mazda MX-5 2000 Mazda MX-5

An icon, going cheap

The NB Mazda MX-5 is the second generation of the world’s bestselling two-seat convertible sports car.

Built between 1998 and 2005 and designed by Tom Matano, production of the NB MX-5 took place at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant.

Power came from a range of four 1.8lt four-cylinder motors, three of which were naturally aspirated, the other being turbocharged.

Drive from these donks was sent to the rear wheels via either a five or six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.

Although the power output from these naturally aspirated motors wasn’t exactly what you’d call mighty, because the NB only weighed approximately 1065 kilograms, the MX-5 could produce some pretty impressive performance figures.

The NB could complete the 0-100km/h sprint in just 7.8 seconds, and if you kept the loud pedal buried, it would keep on accelerating to a top speed of roughly 210km/h.

This particular MX-5 is a 2000 model and, according to the seller, the vehicle has travelled an original 128,051 kilometres from new.

Judging from the photos, the vehicle appears to be in good cosmetic condition and also looks to be mostly stock, which is quite the rarity for these sorts of vehicles.

The MX-5 is $10,990 and anyone interested in this ace convertible sports car can view the full listing here.

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