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players continue to benefit from an increased choice in cars as Playground Games will release the brand new "Mazda MX-5 Car Pack" next Tuesday, March 17th, for the grand price of FREE.
The pack contains four cars that cover the 20 year legacy of the MX-5: the 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the 2005 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5, the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Super20, and the soon-to-be-released 2016 Mazda MX-5. Here are more details on each of those cars:
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
"After 25 years in production, the Miata is still doing things right. So right, in fact, that the driving experience of the latest Miata is nearly identical to the original, and that is a good thing. Sure there is more power – 155 horses vs. 116 in the original Miata – and the new model is a bit heavier, but the intuitive steering, danceable rear end, and impeccable transmission are all still there. It’s no wonder the Mazda Miata is one of the most popular and affordable paths to racing; it’s built for the role. The 2016 Miata combines the best of the modern with what’s made the MX-5 such a reliable favorite for more than two decades - a credit its identity as an instant classic from day one."
2010 Mazda MX-5 Super20
"When the first MX-5 Miata hit dealer showrooms in 1989, it sold like hotcakes and early buyers endured waiting lists and over-sticker pricing for a chance to own the “Mazda-Experiment Project Number Five. The cars official name “Miata” was coined by product planning head Rod Bymaster. It was based on the German translation of “reward” and it’s fitting since the Miata is certainly a rewarding drive. After 20 years of market success, Mazda put together the Super20 to show off at SEMA. The Super20 was shown in 2010 in medium gray and repainted a muted yellow for 2011. Taller tires on Enkei rims, coil-overs, and front and rear anti-roll bars give the Super20 an improved ride and smart stance. The real treat is under the hood, where 200 horsepower are ready to excite, compliments of a Cosworth supercharger, ECU tune, and Racing Beat header and exhaust."
2005 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5
"When you have something as tried and true as the roadster formula that makes up the Mazda MX-5, it has been worthwhile to tread lightly with updates. However, add a factory-built turbo to the mix, and things can only get better. And it does, the Mazdaspeed MX-5 sprints to 60 mph in under seven seconds and turbo-lag is nearly non-existent. All around, the Mazdaspeed treatment stiffens the ride and accentuates the stability that the Miata has built a reputation for. MX-5 plus turbo equals fun factor multiplied. It’s a formula for success that any car enthusiast can figure out once you get behind the wheel of this pocket-rocket."
1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata
"When first introduced, the Miata brought back the memories of the roadsters of the past, particularly the Lotus Elan; small and nimble and full of fun, but now with Mazda reliability thrown in the mix. You could drive this little roadster to work and back all week then spend all weekend working out the kinks of the curviest roads you could find. Sure the Miata was cute, but any driving enthusiast who got behind the seat immediately became a fan. It didn’t take a ton of horsepower to provide excitement, it’s the whole package that make it a nimble joy to drive. These desirable traits are courtesy of precise steering and a supremely shift-able transmission. Thanks to Mazda’s rebirth of the affordable roadster, letting the sun shine in never felt so good."
As well as the four new cars, Playground Games and Microsoft will be launching a Rivals competition for Xbox One players. The winner will win a real 2016 Mazda MX-5. Beginning on Tuesday, March 17th, players must set a time in the “Mazda MX-5 Challenge” Rivals event, which will be found under the Monthly Rivals option in the Pause menu. The competition runs until Thursday, April 30th. However, while anybody can play the in-game event, only players who have registered for the competition will be eligible for the prize. To register, players must click on the Mazda MX-5 advert on the Xbox One dashboard before following the prompts found on the contest page. The full terms and conditions of the competition can be found here
Will you be trying to win yourself a new car, or will you be settling for the in-game version that is much easier to obtain?