I'm here with some sad and happy news.
I don't have any pictures to show yet as I have to wait until September for a very special someone.
But today I put a deposit down on a 30th anniversary edition MX-5, I couldn't be happier about that.
But getting this has to mean making space, and by making space BOTH of my beloved RX-8's have to go, I'm heart broken but this will be much better for me in the long run.
No more will I have to worry about the engine conking out mid drive, the rust creeping up on me or something totally unexpected and expensive.
Now, I'm gonna stick around because I love you guys and the RX-8 is still one of my favourite cars, I'll be like Nigel V2 toting a non-rotary car but still around for the fun.
As soon as I have her I'll be updating with pictures and a review of the drive. I can't wait to show off that orange paint!
A huge thank you to everyone who has made these three years amazing, it's not just about the car's but also the wonderful friendships I have formed. No doubt I will return to the RX-8 so keep some clean for me!
Here she is... Her name is Katsumi. sorry about the delay in getting pictures up! These are from her first outing, the Viaduct at Chappel
RX and Katsumi together, I really miss him...
when old meets new. They're both so lovely!(My NA is named Luna)
The ND drives very much like the NA, handles extremely well and grips the road just like an RX-8. The ride obviously isn't the smoothest being so close to the ground but the suspension hides a fair about of lumps and the occasional pot hole that jumps out at you last second. Mazda were kind enough to give me a full tank of petrol. I've only gone around 90 miles in her so far (weekend car) but it's only started to drop of the FULL bar.
with a 2.0L skyactive engine coughing up 180bhp the car holds it's own off the mark. It also sounds aggressive but not obnoxious, if I had neighbours they wouldn't be complaining.
Let's talk about that orange paint, because it's that and a few extra touches that brings this ND up by £8,000...
It's striking and even though the car is low you can't miss or lose her in a car park! The Orange colour comes from the fact the first anniversary edition NA was Yellow and the 25th anniversary Edition NC was Red, a nice touch on Mazda's behalf. The orange theme continues inside with Orange stitching, Piping on the Recaro seats (I now understand why R3 owners are proud of their seats, they're lush!) and other smaller trim pieces like the vent surrounds. Going back out the car you also get a badge with your cars production number, mine being 1423/3000. You also get 17" Rays forged aluminium wheels that boast 30th anniversary engraved into them, Mazda want you to know that this isn't any old MX5. Oh yeah, and that orange theme carries onto the Brembo brake calipers too!
The car is solid, even when driving with the roof down the car holds well and doesn't shake at high speeds like the NA does. The panel gaps are all even and everything works as it should! The roof mechanism is so simple, I couldn't believe how easy it is to operate... no more unzipping the rear window and getting in and out of the car (the NA is a chore if you didn't already know!) My only complaint so far is that there's a few plastic trims that move slightly. One being next to the passenger seat that hold the carpet down, pushes in which is okay if, guess what, you don't push it. There's also some plastic by the wipers that push down. Not really an issue but I expected them to be stuck down better.
For what you pay for the car (£28,095 for the soft top) you get a lot of kit in terms of performance and extras compared to the normal ND. Is it worth it? Yes, to me at least, to have one of 3000 is a truly special feeling. She's a real head turner, that with the gorgeous MX5 design and striking paint, will be turning heads for years to come. Although I've lost the spirit of the RX-8 and that amazing engine, the ND still feels inviting and ready for fun.