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The Mazda MX-5 (NC) (also known as Mazda Miata (NC), and the Mazda Roadster RHT in Japan) is the third generation model of the Mazda MX-5, which replaced the previous NB series in 2005. In 2009, the NC series MX-5 was redesigned.

Larger fenders and an increased wheelbase differentiate the car from its predecessors. It has either a 1.8L or 2.0L MZR inline-four engine, which has replaced the 1.8L BP inline-four engine series used by the NA and NB generation.

Games

Need for Speed: Shift

The MX-5 appears in Need for Speed: Shift as a tier 1 car, costing $21,000. It possesses a car rating of 2.15 and is incapable of a Works conversion.

The low weight is beneficial to its handling, which can be useful for tight and difficult corners. Unlike other rear-wheel drive cars, it rarely oversteers and is therefore a good choice for a starter car.

However, due to a less powerful engine than other cars, it may be outperformed by its rivals in terms of acceleration. Because of that, it is best used in race courses with a high number of difficult corners.

Need for Speed: World

The MX-5 was made available in Need for Speed: World on August 9, 2011 as a tier 1 car. Since August 22, 2012, it has been featured as a D class car.

It is a decent class D car, as it is capable of high-speed cornering, because of its light weight. Players can exit corners at a higher speed than with similar cars such as the Lexus IS 350.

It shows weaknesses in terms of acceleration and nitrous boost, but these traits make it suitable for difficult race courses instead of tracks with many long straight roads, although its power and handling can be noticeably improved with Race series performance parts or better.

Stock: 264 (D class) Maximum: 563 (B class)

Blue

The Blue style is an Amerikon Speedsystems performance tuned speedboost car that costs SpeedBoost1400. It was initially made available on August 9, 2011 as a top-up gift, and was made available in the car dealer on December 13, 2011.

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Performance Parts
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Aftermarket Parts
Standard Body
Stock Spoiler
Stock Hood
Stock Wheels
No Neon
Stock Window Tint
Default Ride Height
Default Licence Plate
Skill Mods
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
Class D Car 397
TopSpeedIcon2.png 420
AccelIcon2.png 467
HandlingIcon2.png 305
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Standard
SpeedBoost1400

Red

The Red style is a rotationally available stock cash car that costs Dollar icon.png169,000. It was initially released on February 29, 2012.

On June 28, 2015, its price was lowered from Dollar icon.png300,000 as part of the End of the World event.

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Performance Parts
Stock Engine
Stock Forced Induction
Stock Transmission
Stock Suspension
Stock Brakes
Stock Tyres
Aftermarket Parts
Standard Body
Stock Spoiler
Stock Hood
Stock Wheels
No Neon
Stock Window Tint
Default Ride Height
Default Licence Plate
Skill Mods
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
Class D Car 264
TopSpeedIcon2.png 227
AccelIcon2.png 298
HandlingIcon2.png 269
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Standard
Dollar icon.png169,000

Shift 2: Unleashed

The MX-5 appears in Shift 2: Unleashed as a Modern Road car with a price tag of $19,250. It is featured with a D 280 performance rating and 2.29 handling rating.

To eliminate its lack of power, players can swap the its engine with the rotary engine of the Mazda RX-7. It gets a significant increase in acceleration with no negative impact on handling, although it is recommended to install weight reduction upgrades to improve its braking capabilities.

Need for Speed: The Run

The MX-5 appears in Need for Speed: The Run as a Sports class car.

Its inclusion was revealed by the official Need for Speed website on July 15, 2011.

Stock

The stock MX-5 is unlocked from the beginning of the game.

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Top Speed: 146 mph (235 km/h)
0 to 60 Time: 6.3s
BHP: 205 @ 7,000 rpm
Performance: Tier 1
Handling: Easy
Class: Sports
Drivetrain: RWD
Value: $30,000.00
Manufacture Year: 2009

Need for Speed

The Need for Speed Edition MX-5 is unlocked upon the player beating 20 Solo Objectives in the "Underground" Playlist.

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Top Speed: 190 mph (306 km/h)
0 to 60 Time: 4.4s
BHP: 432 @ 7,000 rpm
Performance: Tier 4
Handling: Normal
Class: Sports
Drivetrain: RWD
Value: $30,000.00
Manufacture Year: 2009

"T Prime"

The "T Prime" Signature Edition MX-5 was added as part of update 1.1 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 releases of Need for Speed: The Run. It is unlocked upon the player reaching Driver Level 35.

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Top Speed: 218 mph (351 km/h)
0 to 60 Time: 4.0s
BHP: 807 @ 7,000 rpm
Performance: Tier 5
Handling: Easy
Class: Sports
Drivetrain: RWD
Value: $30,000.00
Manufacture Year: 2009

Need for Speed: Edge

The MX-5 2008 appears in Need for Speed: Edge.

Trivia

  • In Need for Speed: Carbon, several billboards and bus stops advertising the MX-5 NC can be found, although the car does not appear in the game.

Gallery

References

  1. Article: twisting-roads.com (2017) The 2.0l Engine of the Mazda MX-5 NC Generation NC2/NC3 Facelift Available at: http://twisting-roads.com/2017/07/the-2-0l-engine-of-the-mazda-mx-5-nc-generation-nc2nc3-facelift/


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