The Mazda MX-5 is a timeless sports car that combines classic design, enjoyable performance, and open-top driving pleasure. The four generation of MX-5 (ND) features a sleek and modern design with a nod to the classic roadsters of the past. It has a compact and lightweight body, emphasizing a low center of gravity and agile handling. The MX-5 ND showcases Mazda’s “Kodo” design language, characterized by flowing lines, a prominent grille, and a sporty stance.
Featured here is a 2016 Mazda MX5 Roadster (ND), finished in Jet Black Mica with a Black interior – originally sold for the Japanese market. The previous owner personally imported it to Hong Kong directly from an auction in Japan – being that it is Japan market spec and has been well looked after since new. According to the original Japan auction sheet, this car was given a ‘5’ overall grade, with the interior graded as ‘A’. In other words, this car in general is slightly used but in excellent condition. This MX5 also came with a few modifications as is from the auction – including a K&N air filter, a Kakimoto Regu 06&R cat back exhaust, and a TEIN suspension kit. The current owner previously purchased this car used at Car Farm in 2022. Shortly after that, an aftermarket “AutoExe” underbody chassis brace and strut bar were installed by Vintage Vehicle Mechanic to reduce body or chassis flex and sharpen steering response. This MX5 has a current mileage of 45,448 km and only 1 previous owner. Its road license is valid until 15th August 2024.
Upon visual inspection, we were pleased to find that the exterior of this MX5 was meticulously looked after during its life in Japan and Hong Kong – the Jet Black Mica paint finish is just like new with no scratches, dents, or imperfections to report of, thanks to an exterior protection coat applied by NTI Express Auto Care in HK. The front grille is fully intact with no damage on its trim pieces. All the badges – from the Mazda emblem to the ‘Roadster’ badge on the rear are in excellent condition. Both front and rear lights are fully operational without any issues. Both doors, the front hood and rear trunk lid open and close without any faults. All four original alloy wheels have no kerb rash or patina visible on their grey finish. The manually operated soft top roof opens and closes without any resistance and locks into place on the windshield without issues – the roof itself is fully intact on all its surfaces. The exhaust tip is in excellent condition with no surface patina on its tricolour outlines.
Interior and Trim
A look inside and a compact, minimalist interior greets the occupants. Kept to the basic, essential functions, it’s clear that this MX5 is focused on the driving experience as previous generations have done. Both black cloth seats hug the occupants tightly and have no wear or tear on any of their bolstering. The dashboard and trim are all fully intact with no scratches or imperfections on their surfaces. The side door panels are free of any damage – as are the plastic side door sills and rubber trim. The leather steering wheel has no wear on its surface and all its buttons work normally. The 6-speed leather gear knob and shift boot are in excellent condition with no wear on any of them. All the switchgear and controls – from the audio system knobs to the side stalks feel solid to touch and none have been worn down significantly. All the interior electrics function as they should.
Engine and Running Gear
Press the keyless engine start button and the 1.5L inline-four cylinder engine starts up with a clear and energetic exhaust note – thanks to the addition of the Kakimoto Regu 06&R cat-back exhaust. The engine bay itself is in excellent condition with no visible patina on any of the components. The gearbox is very accurate, as expected of a MX5, making each change of the gear a fun and engaging experience. The steering has plenty of feedback and thanks to this roadster’s low centre of gravity and curb weight, this MX5 feels confident to push hard and remains planted to the ground through the corners – aided especially by the AutoExe chassis reinforcement and TEIN suspension installed on this example. The brakes are responsive to use and provide plenty of feedback for the driver. The Mazda MX5, now in its fourth generation, remains the recommended choice for those seeking a lightweight, agile, reliable sports car. This clean, Japan market-spec example with a few functional modifications to improve its already perfect driving dynamics will satisfy anyone looking for those criteria – available here exclusively at the Car Farm.
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