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If someone asked you what is the best selling sports car ever you would probably think of a Porsche or Ferrari, but open a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records and the name you will find under best selling sports car ever will be the Mazda MX-5 roadster. The Mazda MX5 has its own entry as the Japanese firm have officially built more than 850,000 since 1989. Mazda have given the MX5 a mid-life face lift. Exterior updates give the MX5 a sharper look and the mechanical updates have helped lower emissions and improve fuel economy. The Mazda MX5 updates may not be a big leap forward but why fix something thats not broken. The Mazdas improvements come in the form of a angular grille and leaf shaped headlights that give the front a more aggressive look. The rear lights, side skirts and bumper of the MX5 have also had a slight tweak. But the updates are not all for show as Mazdas technicians have improved efficiency by tinkering with the engine and aerodynamics increasing fuel economy by up to 8% while reducing emissions by up to 7%. The updated Mazda MX5 uses the same engines as before, with a choice of either a 1.8 litre 124bhp or 2.0 litre 159bhp, both love and need to be revved to get the best from the engine. Plant your foot and the MX5 accelerates quickly to a great raspy soundtrack and the six-speed manual models feature a new induction sound enhancer to heighten the noise. As always the Mazda MX5 is faultless when it comes to handling, as always. The double front wishbone and multi-link rear suspension work perfectly with the chassis as the driver gets excellent feedback from the road. The Mazda MX5 comes with the option of the new six-speed ‘Powershift semi-automatic transmission which is operated by wheel-mounted paddles. The MX5 is a great car and the manual gearbox should be the preferred option. Customers also have the option of two new paint schemes – metropolitan grey mica or aluminium metallic. The new Mazda MX5 is available on lease and contract hire. For all other Mazda deals visit www.leasecarsdirect.co.uk for all lease and contract hire deals with free delivery, car tax, and manufacturer warranty included.