Like the 1.5-litre version we drove in Scotland earlier this year, this more powerful version represents sports car design in its purest form. But now armed with 118kW and 200Nm (up from 96 and 150) this scalpel sharp MX-5 is an enthusiast’s dream, with noticeably more go whenever you need it, especially when scooting out of corners.
And what better way to experience this naturally-aspirated, open-top treat than here at the famous Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca in Northern California. 3.6km, 11 turns (1 esse, 4 right and 6 left), including the spectacular corkscrew.
After all, the largest road-racing class in the US is the Sports Car Club of America’s Spec MX-5 class, with nearly 1500 lining up on grids around the country, making it the most raced car on the planet.
With the MX-5, its all about minimising weight - from the SkyActive engine - to the lightweight body, but this 2.0-litre version gains another 23kg on the manual 1.5-litre car – but you wouldn’t know it from behind the wheel.