2016 Mazda MX-5: $31,990 Australian Price Confirmed For All-New Roadster Photo:
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Mike Stevens | May, 19 2015 | 36 Comments
  • 2016 ND MX-5 priced from $31,990
  • 96kW and 150Nm numbers confirmed for 1.5 engine

Three years ago, Toyota shocked Australian motoring enthusiasts with the news that its new 86 Coupe would kick off at a very sharp $29,990. Nearly 7000 units were sold here in the following year.

Today, Mazda has pulled off a surprise of its own, confirming a $31,990 starting price (plus on-roads) for the all-new ‘ND’ MX-5 due here in August.

Taken against the NC model’s nearly $50,000 entry price - not to mention the 86 that has taken over so many drive-ways across Australia - today’s news represents a significant leap in value for buyers.

Likewise, the first-generation MX-5 was priced from $29,990 in 1989, equivalent to nearly $60,000 in today’s money.

Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders had previously hinted that a price point below $40,000 was the goal, but today’s announcement has outdone all expectations.

“We believe that the sharp entry pricing for the new ND MX-5 will inspire a new generation of younger MX-5 buyers to experience the freedom and enjoyment of open-top motoring,” Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders said today.

MORE: Mazda Australia Details 1.5 Litre MX-5

Mazda’s latest reveal follows confirmation last month that the 1.5 litre version of the new MX-5 will be the first to hit Australia, with the more powerful 2.0 litre engine to follow later in the year.

Pricing for that model, of course, is still to be revealed. But, if today’s announcement is any indication, we might expect the 2.0 litre MX-5 to land close to $40,000.

Mazda has also confirmed at last that the local MX-5’s 1.5 litre engine will match the 96kW of power and 150Nm of torque listed with the overseas version.

Although that will come as little surprise to enthusiasts, it likely also means that we can expect the local 2.0 litre version to turn out the same 115kW/200Nm numbers offered with the international model.

As for the 1.5, which way would you go: $29,990 147kW 2.0 litre Toyota 86, or $31,990 96kW MX-5?

MORE: Mazda Australia Details 1.5 Litre MX-5

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