Mazda MX-5 Generations Review : We drive every generation, from NA to ND

I never had posters of the Mazda MX-5 on my bedroom walls as a kid. I had a Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Diablo, and McLaren F1, but no MX-5. Somehow, though, without supercar looks or performance, this humble little Japanese convertible has captured the hearts of many across the world.

So why are we talking about the Mazda MX-5 today, some 15 months after the latestfourth-generation ND MX-5 launched? Well, for the very first time, Mazda Australia has managed to dust off and gather up its own in-house ‘Heritage Collection’ of MX-5s, bringing them together for a brief on-track event. And we’ve been handed the keys… Reason enough, in our book.

All four generations are here, NA to ND, spanning 27 years of the two-seater sports car. As a bonus, apart from getting to sample road-going versions of the NA, NB, NC and ND Mazda MX-5, we also get a chance to lap the 1.6-kilometre flat track at Wodonga TAFE’s Logic Campus in a competition-spec Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car.

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