Top Gear Philippines Philippine Car News - Mazda to debut, run high-performance MX-5 GT Concept at Goodwood

Mazda will debut at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed its road-legal yet race-ready MX-5 GT Concept, which was inspired by the Japanese carmaker's podium-winning MX-5 GT4 race program.

Built by Jota Sport, the MX-5 GT Concept produces 205hp from its normally aspirated 2.0-liter engine that is mated to the car's standard six-speed manual gearbox. Its suspension has been tweaked, making it adjustable for different track conditions to improve its handling, while its aerodynamic package has been upgraded with a carbon front splitter, a rear diffuser and a trunk-mounted spoiler. Its exhaust note has also been enhanced with a sports exhaust system that comes complete with a central tailpipe.

Inside, Recaro seats enhance driver stability, while a number of carbon fiber enhancements help reduce the car's total weight. For customers who want to acquire the car for track use, it comes equipped with road slicks and body-colored roll hoops behind the seats.

Mazda isn't too shy to admit that the MX-5 GT Concept's presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is "to test customer reaction to a high-performance version of the iconic sports car."

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