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The Mazda MX-5 is a model of car manufactured by Japanese manufacturer Mazda. Various versions of the MX-5 have featured in every mainline version of Gran Turismo. The MX-5 is a 2-seater, roadster style sports coupe that has been produced by Mazda from 1989 to the present day and is among the most popular cars ever released, having sold in excess of 900,000 units to date.

The earlier models of MX-5 were referred to as First Generation (or NA). This was superseded in 1998 by the Second Generation (NB) and then in 2006 by the Third Generation (NC). Then it was superseded in 2015 by the Fourth Generation (ND).

First Generation (NA)Edit

First Generation (NA)
Mazda Eunos Roadster (NA) '89
1989 Eunos Roadster (NA)
Associated vehicles MX-5/Eunos Roadster/Miata Normal/Special Package
MX-5/Eunos Roadster/Miata J/S/SR/V/VR
Appears in Gran Turismo
Gran Turismo 2
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Manufacturer Mazda
Year 1989 - 1997
Engine B6-ZE, later upgraded to BP-ZE
Power 118 BHP (1600cc versions)
128 BHP (1800cc versions)
Top speed 130 miles per hour (210 km/h)
0-60mph 7.9 seconds
  • The Eunos Roadster was sold as the Mazda MX-5/Miata in the Europe/US.

The Eunos Roadster captured the imagination of the world as soon as it made its appearance in September 1989. We know it better as the Miata, and it revived the category of the lightweight convertible sports cars, bringing the classic genre back into limelight. With a light and compact body, rear-wheel-drive and a simple-yet-straightforward 1.6-liter DOHC inline-4, the Roadster was as fun to drive as it was good looking. It came powered by the 1.6-liter Type B6-ZE that produced 118 HP and 101.2 ft-lb of torque. The suspension system consisted of double wishbones at all four corners, while the brakes were discs at both front and rear.

Mazda wanted to make sure that its new creation acted like part of the driver's body, going wherever the driver wanted in an effortless way. Thus, the phrase "rider, horse, one body" was adopted as its guiding principle.

In August 1993, a new engine, the 1.8L DOHC Type BP-ZE, was placed under the hood, with output increased to 128 HP and 115.7 ft-lb of torque. The next round of changes came in August 1995 when the final gear ratio and flywheel were modified, thus creating the 1800 Series II. Mazda produced 531,890 units through the end of 1997, setting a world record for production of a 2-passenger open vehicle, a fact recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Second Generation (NB)Edit

Second Generation (NB)
Mazda Roadster 1800 RS (NB) '00
2000 MX-5 1800 RS (NB)
Associated vehicles MX-5/Roadster/Miata 1600 NR-A '04
MX-5/Roadster/Miata 1.6/1.8/1800 S/RS/VS
Appears in Gran Turismo 2
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Manufacturer Mazda
Year 1998 - 2005
Engine BP-ZE (RS), B6-ZE (NR-A), 1800cc versions later received a BP-4W
Power 123 BHp (1600cc versions)
143BHP (1800cc versions)
158BHP (1.8L RS-II)
170BHP (turbo edition)
Top speed 130mph
210km/h
0-60mph 7.5 seconds


The Mazda Roadster was sold at the Mazda MX-5/Miata in Europe/US.

In January 1998, nine years after its debut and became an instant classic, the second generation arrived. In Japan, Mazda's Eunos brand had disappeared, so the car became known simply as the Mazda Roadster. Although the look has slightly changed from the original model, the car retained the qualities that made the first-gen Roadster so endearing. Like the original, it was developed under the "rider, horse, one body" philosophy.

Under the hood was the same engine as before, a 1.8L DOHC inline-4 , but output was bumped to 143 BHP and 120.0 ft-lb. Mazda also introduced a new 6-speed manual gearbox to the options list. The first minor change happened in July 2000, when the new 1.8L S-VT was introduced (S-VT stood for Sequential Valve Timing), allowing the 4-cylinder engine to produce 158 HP and 125.1 ft-lb of torque. In Japan, the 1.6-liter DOHC inline-4, rated at 123 HP and 104.8 ft-lb of torque, was revived to go along with a 5-speed manual transmission. In addition to the engine tweaks, Mazda reinforced the body to accommodate the extra power. Also, a new model, the RS-II that featured 16-in. wheels, was added to the lineup. At the end of 2003, a turbocharged version was introduced, boasting 170 HP and 154.0 ft-lb of torque, giving the fun little convertible a mean side.

Third Generation (NC)Edit

Third Generation (NC)
Mazda Roadster RS (NC) '07
2007 Mazda Roadster RS (NC)
Associated vehicles Mazda Roadster RS '07
Appears in Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Manufacturer Mazda
Year 2005 - 2015
Engine LF-VE
Power 170BHP
Top speed 135mph
215km/h
0-60mph 6.5 seconds

In August 2005, the Mazda Roadster made its full model change to its third generation model, coded the NC. Though it is given increased collision safety features and environmental performance suited for the new era, serious efforts were made by the design team to maintain the greatest attraction of the roadster, of being able to control the car exactly to the will of the driver. Because of this, significant focus was placed in keeping the weight low, and resulted in a car that is only 10 kg heavier than the previous version (RS grade model)

The car is powered by a new LF-VE, a 2L, DOHC inline 4 engine, combined with a 6 speed or 5 speed MT, or a 6 speed AT. The body was enlarged by 1.5 inches in both length and width, and the wheelbase has been extended by 2.5 inches. With its length now at 67.7 inches, the car has now become a higher size class 3 in Japanese vehicle registrations. On the other hand, the engine itself is now 3.1 inches shorter, enabling a full front midship configuration, and maintaining a 50:50 weight balance front to rear. The suspension utilizes a new multilink in the rear to achieve a higher road holding performance. All this effort paid off, as in November 2005, it became Japan's car of the year.

The RS is the sports grade of the Roadster and is equipped with features like Bilstein dampers, 17 inch wheels, and a front suspension tower bar. In August 2006, a RHT model with a powered retractable hardtop was added, and in January 2007, the roadster achieved over 800,000 cars sold, cumulatively for the entire series.

Later in December 2008 a minor change was performed, and in addition to changes in the front grille and headlight shape, many detailed refinements have been made. The maximum output of the engine is now produced at a range 300rpm higher at 7000rpm, and the rev limit has ben increased by 500rpm, to 7500rpm.

Acquisition in Gran TurismoEdit

Several models of the MX-5 appear across the Gran Turismo Series. The following will summarize how to acquire each specific model in each game.

Gran TurismoEdit

Car Price New (Cr.) Price Used (Cr.) Prize From
Mazda Eunos Roadster '89 Normal???6,000None
Mazda Eunos Roadster '90 V-Special???6,200None
Mazda Eunos Roadster '92 S-Special???7,900None
Mazda Eunos Roadster Normal17,400???Lightweight Car Race
Mazda Eunos Roadster V-Special24,400???None
Mazda Eunos Roadster S-Special22,250???None
Mazda Roadster '98 RS (Arcade Mode only)NoneNoneNone

Gran Turismo 2Edit

Car Price New (Cr.) Price Used (Cr.) Prize From
Eunos Roadster (NA) '89???5,900None
Eunos Roadster V Special (NA) '90??6,600None
Eunos Roadster S Special (NA) '92??8,300None
Eunos Roadster (NA) '93??8,100None
Eunos Roadster V Special (NA) '93??9,800None
Eunos Roadster S Special (NA) '93??9,000None
Roadster 1.8 RS (NB) '9822,950??None
Roadster 1.8 VS (NB) '9823,950??None
Roadster 1.6 S Package (NB) '9819,600??None
Roadster A-Spec????World Open Car Cup
Roadster B-Spec????Tuned NA Car No. 1 Cup
Roadster C-Spec????Tuned NA Car No. 1 Cup

Gran Turismo 3: A-SpecEdit

Car Price New (Cr.) Prize From
Miata MX-516,900Spider and Roadster
Gran Turismo World Championship (Beginner)
Roadster Apricot Hill Endurance
Miata MX-5 '9317,000???
Miata MX-5 1.8 RS22,950FR Challenge
Roadster Apricot Hill Endurance
B License Gold Award
Miata MX-5 LS23,280???

Gran Turismo 4Edit

Car Price New (Cr.) Price Used (Cr.) Prize From
Mazda MX-5 Miata (NA) '89N/A5,949None
Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.8 RS (NB, J) '98N/A11,475None
Mazda MX-5 Miata 1600 NR-A (NB, J) '0420,500???None
Mazda MX-5 Miata 1800 RS (NB, J) '00N/A11,640None
Mazda MX-5 Miata 1800 RS (NB, J) '0423,500???None
Mazda MX-5 Miata J-Limited (NA, J) '91N/A9,500None
Mazda MX-5 Miata J-Limited II (NA, J) '93N/A7,104None
Mazda MX-5 Miata SR-Limited (NA, J) '97N/A12,336None
Mazda MX-5 Miata S-Special Type I (NA, J) '95N/A9,975None
Mazda MX-5 Miata VR-Limited (NA, J) '95N/A10,400None
Mazda MX-5 Miata V-Special Type II (NA, J) '93N/A8,399None

Gran Turismo 5Edit

Car Level Price New (Cr.) Price Used (approx) (Cr.) Prize From
Eunos Roadster (NA Special Package) '89017,000N/A???
Eunos Roadster J-Limited (NA) '91019,000N/AiB License Bronze Prize
Roadster RS (NC) '07025,000N/A???
Roadster Touring Car0167,000N/ADLC: Racing Car Pack
Eunos Roadster J-Limited II (NA) '930N/A16,377???
Eunos Roadster S-Special I (NA) '910N/A14,080???
Eunos Roadster SR-Limited (NA) '970N/A15,665???
Eunos Roadster V-Special II (NA) '930N/A15,700???
Eunos Roadster VR-Limited (NA) '950N/A13,630???
MX-5 (NA) '890N/A15,329???
MX-5 1.8 RS (NB, J) '980N/A18,790???
MX-5 1600 NR-A (NB, J) '040N/A16,980???
MX-5 1800 RS (NB, J) '040N/A19,480???
MX-5 J-Limited (NA, J) '910N/A14,000???
MX-5 J-Limited II (NA, J) '930N/A14,930???
MX-5 Miata (NA) '890N/A12,555???
MX-5 Miata 1.8 RS (NB, J) '980N/A18,040???
MX-5 Miata 1600 NR-A (NB, J) '040N/A16,985???
MX-5 Miata 1800 RS (NB, J) '000N/A19,530???
MX-5 Miata 1800 RS (NB, J) '040N/A19,480???
MX-5 Miata J-Limited (NA, J) '910N/A14,000???
MX-5 Miata J-Limited II (NA, J) '930N/A15,000???
MX-5 Miata S-Special I (NA, J) '950N/A12,260???
MX-5 Miata SR-Limited (NA, J) '970N/A14,450???
MX-5 Miata V-Special II (NA, J) '930N/A15,670???
MX-5 Miata VR-Limited (NA, J) '950N/A15,590???
MX-5 S-Special I (NA, J) '950N/A12,250???
MX-5 SR-Limited (NA, J) '970N/A14,430???
MX-5 V-Special II (NA, J) '930N/A15,630???
MX-5 VR-Limited (NA, J) '950N/A13,560???
Roadster 1.8 RS (NB) '980N/A21,000???
Roadster 1600 NR-A (NB) '040N/A17,000???
Roadster 1800 NR-A (NB) '040N/A21,350???
Roadster 1800 RS (NB) '040N/A19,500???

Mazda MX-5 in EventsEdit

GT5Edit

EventsEdit

  • The NR-A Roadster Cup, an Amateur Series event available at Level 6, is open to any variant of Mazda MX-5/(Eunos) Roadster/Miata in the game, and consists of one race - 5 laps of Tsukuba Circuit.

LicensesEdit

A-6: Tackling a Set of Undulating Corners:

GT4Edit

EventsEdit

  • The NR-A Roadster Cup, a championship race available with a B License, is open to any variant of Mazda MX-5/(Eunos) Roadster/Miata in the game, and consists of five races (in order) - 2 laps of Twin Ring Motegi East, 1 lap of Tokyo R246, 2 laps of Clubman Stage R5 (reversed), 3 laps of Tsukuba Circuit, and 2 laps of Trial Mountain.
  • The Roadster 4-Hour Endurance, an endurance race open to any variant of Mazda MX-5/(Eunos) Roadster/Miata in the game, and consists of one race - 4 hours and one lap of Tsukuba Circuit.

PicturesEdit

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