Mazda brought the company's ever-sexy MX-5 Miata GT Concept to this past weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed for a little sprint up the hill. With 205 horsepower on tap thanks to new cams and a revised throttle body, the concept is exactly what Miata buyers have been clamoring for all these years: more power. Mazda handed the keys over to Jade Pavely, an endurance driver with the company for the run, and the driver had no trouble keeping the convertible right side up and between the hay bales on her way toward the finish line.

We could certainly think of less entertaining ways to get around the course. Mazda didn't mention how long it takes the machine to get from start to finish, but we doubt the company was out to set any records. Chances are this little exercise had more to do with putting eyeballs on that blaze-orange paint and testing the waters for a possible production version. Check out the brief video below to have a look.



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      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is exactly how the Miata should be.
      dezoris00
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good to see the rev-limiter working properly.
      Lester
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would make for a great final production version for the US market before the next gen comes out...no soft top, just a removeable hard top and a bikini top and I love the fact it is NA
      James C
      • 2 Years Ago
      "revised throttle body" bit of an understatement its got ITB's. I was also lucky to see it at goodwood on Thursday and was a bit sneaky and sat inside. it felt awesome just annoying it didn't have the same space as my old 97 MX5 but safety regulations will do that to a car
      supreme.pizza
      • 2 Years Ago
      When are car companies going to completely phase out manual transitions, they're slow. Time to move on from the disorder technology.
        prince_david
        • 2 Years Ago
        @supreme.pizza
        They've already started phasing out manuals. Unfortunately for us enthusiasts that means also phasing out the fun and interactivity. Another layer between us and the machines we are trying to connect with.
      Get Squirly
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh hello there future wife! :D
      JoeC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, she murdered that clutch.
      P
      • 2 Years Ago
      A 200 hp Miata really has to be the baseline for the next one. Times have changed and, judging by Miata sales (near non-existent) Mazda has got to step up if they hope to keep it in production. As an owner of a modified/lightened '01, I fully get the focus on chassis and light weight. But marketing to a sizeable enough target to make a profit means Miata has to be more than that now, like it or not. A 200 hp figure is really the only way they'll get people to come back to the showrooms and have a look again. Otherwise, fair thee well Miata.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @P
        I had a 2002 with an untouched engine all suspension modifications / handling modifications. They are great cars to learn on because you have to keep your momentum up, but I agree with you. If they offered an optional version of this car with ~300bhp and a wet weight of around 2450-2500lbs. The funny thing is I don't feel that most people can even take a stock NB series Miata to it's full capacity. It's kind of a Catch-22 in a lot of ways, but on the whole I do agree...200hp base...optional 300bhp turbo model. Weight no more than 2500lbs soaking wet.
      m
      • 2 Years Ago
      Call me ignorant but Why is it called a Hill Climb??? when there aren't any hills to climb?? If it's not mine, then What is she climbing there ??? A concept car that looks just like the current car... ... but i have to admit, the exhaust sounds is giggles worthy!
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m
        You have a lot to learn about concept cars. Most are re-presentations of cars already in production. Of course the most dramatic are the ones that have no chance of production but rather are designed to highlight new technologies and design concepts.
      Zee Frunch Canadiun
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh. Not a professional driver for sure. She kept hitting the rev limiter. I'll stick with my MINI JCW
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zee Frunch Canadiun
        Did you not hear the guy giving her instructions at the beginning telling her to use all the revs so that the people can hear it? Mazda wasn't going to try and set some sorta new record going up the hill, it's just a giant PR stunt to gauge people's reactions to see if they should build it or not.
          Brodz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
          Yeah, so change gears before you hit the limiter. She must have done it four times. Hitting the limiter doesn't sound good.
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zee Frunch Canadiun
        She is a professional driver, for sure, and she was instructed to use all the revs before her run.
          the sliding dog
          • 2 Years Ago
          @turbomonkey2k
          "using all the revs" doesn't mean bounce off the rev limiter for half the run....
      HunterB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Speed 3 vs GTI = Mazda win That Concept vs BRZ = Mazda win??
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HunterB
        I already have the current Miata beating the BRZ. For all the hype around the BRZ and it having a low COG and a stiff chassis yet it just barely out performs a 7 year old car that hasn't really had any major changes over the years and has less power and on top of it is a convertible, I say that is a win for the Miata.
      John Switzer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Goodwood should be on every car enthusiast's 'bucket list', along with Pebble Beach and LeMans. Great events, well orgainzed and exciting; go in June for the Festival or in September for the Revival. If you aren't familiar with Goodwood, just do a search and see the history of the estate and it's past glories.
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