Speed and power are two things that put the Advertising Standards Authority in a tizzy whenever it has to judge complaints about car commercials.
This must give carmakers a headache when it comes to ensuring their sports cars grab the attention of the UK’s petrolhead community. Of course, a plethora of motoring magazines and websites do their best to give these halo models a good going over, but as sports cars need to be, well, sporty, we felt it was time to see how our long-term MX-5 RF compares with other new roadsters on paper.
The evidence shows our car is the third slowest to 62mph, and despite having the joint-largest engine (many rivals use smaller, turbocharged units) it has the third-lowest power output. But the MX-5 combines sportiness with value better than any of its peer group – buyers seeking stats for their pub banter will be delighted it delivers 6.16PS power output per £1,000 spent, which is better even than premium rivals. Even the more closely priced Fiat and Abarth 124, which share much of the MX-5’s underpinnings, cannot match it.
It’s easy to understand why the MX-5 remains the world’s best-selling sports car.
|Car||PS||Engine||0-62mph||List price||PS per £1,000|
|Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 Sport Nav||160||2.0||7.3 secs||£25,995||6.16|
|Abarth 124 Spider||170||1.4||6.8 secs||£29,620||5.74|
|Alfa Romeo 4C 1750 Spider||240||1.7||4.5 secs||£59,820||4.01|
|Audi TT 1.8TFSI Roadster Sport||180||1.8||7.2 secs||£30,250||5.95|
|Fiat 124 Spider||140||1.4||7.5 secs||£23,800||5.88|
|Jaguar F-Type Convertible||300||2.0||5.7 secs||£55,385||5.42|
|Mercedes-Benz SLC180 AMG Line||156||1.6||7.9 secs||£32,039||4.87|