Larger fenders and an increased wheelbase differentiate the car from its predecessors. The Mazda MX-5 (NC) utilises a 1.8L or 2.0L MZR inline-four engine, which has replaced the 1.8L BP inline-four engine series used by the NA and NB generation.
The Mazda MX-5 appears in Need for Speed: Shift as a Tier 1 car, costing $21,000. It possesses a Car Rating of 2.15 and is incapable of a Works conversion.
The Mazda MX-5 reappears in Shift 2: Unleashed as a Modern Road car with a price tag of $19,250. It is featured with a D 280 performance rating and 2.29 handling rating.
The low weight of the Mazda MX-5 is beneficial to its handling, which can be useful for tight and difficult corners. Unlike other rear-wheel drive cars, the Mazda MX-5 rarely oversteers and is therefore a good choice for a starter car.
However, due to a less powerful engine than other cars, the MX-5 may be outperformed by its rivals in terms of acceleration. Because of that, the Mazda MX-5 is best used in race courses with a high number of difficult corners.
To eliminate its lack of power, players can swap the MX-5's engine with the rotary engine of the Mazda RX-7 in Shift 2: Unleashed. It gets a significant increase in acceleration with no negative impact on handling, although it is recommended to install weight reduction upgrades to improve its braking capabilities.
Need for Speed: World
The Mazda MX-5 is a decent Class D car, as it is capable of high-speed cornering, because of its light weight. Players can exit corners at a higher speed with the MX-5 than with similar cars such as the Lexus IS 350. The top speed of the street tuned version is 157 mph (253 kmh). The standard variant hits 135 mph (217 kmh) as top speed.
The car shows weaknesses in terms of acceleration and nitrous boost. These traits make the Mazda MX-5 suitable for difficult race courses instead of tracks with many long straight roads, although its power and handling can be noticeably improved with Race series performance parts or better.
|Need for Speed: World - Performance Rating|
|The Blue style is an Amerikon Speedsystems performance tuned speedboost car that costs 1400. It was initially made available on August 9th, 2011 as a top-up gift, and was made available in the car dealer on December 13th, 2011.
|The Red style is a rotationally available stock cash car that costs 169,000. It was initially released on February 29th, 2012.
On June 28th, 2015, its price was lowered from 300,000 as part of the End of the World event.
Need for Speed: The Run
The Mazda MX-5 appears in Need for Speed: The Run as the stock variant in Tier 1 and as the "NFS Edition" in Tier 4. The Tier 1 Mazda MX-5 is unrestrictedly usable in Challenge Mode. Players will unlock the "NFS Edition" once they have completed twenty objectives in the Underground playlist.
With an "Easy" handling rating and decent top speed, the Mazda MX-5 is one of the fastest Tier 1 cars in Need for Speed: The Run. The "NFS Edition" has 432 bhp, reaches a 190 mph (306 kmh) top speed and goes from 0-100 in 4.4 seconds. It performs similarly to the BMW M3 GTS, but lacks the 7-speed transmission found in that car.
A "T Prime" signature edition is unlocked upon reaching Driver Level 35.
- In Need for Speed: Carbon, several billboards and bus stops advertising the Mazda MX-5 can be found, although the car does not appear in the game.
|Mazda MX-5 (Model Range)|
|NA (1996) • NB (1999) • NC (2005) • ND (2015)|