新型MX-5 エクステリアの概要

Mazda designers at the company’s four centres shared a singular purpose: Create a lightweight sports car and, above all, create the MX¬5. Remarkably, they arrived at the same design statement – the MX-5, pure and simple.

This was to be no cosmetic updating of the popular theme. Because the entire MX-5 development group cherished the MX-5’s Soul and Spirit, rather than a “concept,” the word “exterior” does not express the design team’s objective. It is the car’s “Physique” they forged and built.



オリジナルデザイナー トム俣野氏より

Tsutomu “Tom” Matano, chief designer of Mazda’s R&D studio in Irvine, California, U. S. A., expresses the entire design team’s idea of the new MX-5. “When you see a roadster approaching from 100 metres away, you think it may be an MX-5. At 50 metres, you are glad to see it is an MX-5. When it stops in front of you, yes, it’s an MX-5, and it’s THE new MX-5! That’s the kind of car the new MX-5 is.”

The original MX-5’s youthfully contoured and smoothly rounded shape and cheerful countenance – often described as “cute” – won the heart of many a sports car aficionado around the world. The new MX-5 still has that adolescent charm, yet it is thoroughly disciplined and trained to be more muscular and tauter, conveying strength within.



プログラムマネージャー 貴島氏より

Programme Manager Takao Kijima’s dictum specified wider tracks for superior vehicle dynamics. However, he did not want the design to express excess “visual” mass. With this in mind, chief designer Koichi Hayashi and his designers sketched a car with strong shoulders flowing down to a taut waist, which then merged onto the sculptured, sporty rocker panels. Hayashi wanted to achieve an optimum balance among these design elements by extending the fender flares slightly. Kijima allowed him 1.5 mm on each fender. Although this increase might seem insignificant, the effect is truly dramatic.





The parting line in the rear of the door flows into the sculptured sides of the new MX-5. With this design, the larger area in front of the rear wheel arch helps increase body rigidity.

The door handle is a new, flush-mounted and colour-keyed design with functionality as its primary objective. It has a larger and deeper recess for easier operation.




Eyes and Mouth
The face of the MX-5 is eyes and mouth. In the original car, the eyes were the auxiliary lamp clusters. Now the eyes are open with clear purposes; illuminate the road effectively, and be lighter in mass in the dynamically critical front overhang. The lens and reflector are designed to create a jewel-like impression.

The mouth is friendly as ever, yet more functional, the larger air-intake with perhaps a hint of seriousness about it, providing better cooling. The sculptured facia/bumper face flows into the car’s lower flanks and bonnet. A separate, small spoiler behind the facia/airdam is standard on all models. It improves under-floor airflow, and contributes to straight-line stability and steering response.

The bonnet is exquisitely shaped toward twin peaks that are formed by it and the top of the fenders. It has a subtle central bulge, a functional necessity to leave, literally, plenty of breathing space for the engine.





The rear end is readily recognisable as the MX-5 with its characteristic oblong tail-lamp clusters, which wrap around more prominently. Each cluster houses the tail/brake lamp, directional signal lamp, reversing lamp and a rear fog lamp. The rear fog lamp is an important safety feature, especially in Europe, and at the very onset of design development, it was decided to integrate it in the lamp cluster.

The rear deck repeats the front end’s twin peak theme from which it rises onto a gentle central hump integrating a high-mount tail lamp. A raised rear deck contributes to aerodynamics improvements, reducing lift. The sculptured facia/bumper blends into the luggage lid, creating an integrated rear-end design, which strengthens the new MX-5’s sporting personality.