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Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86 – track battle of the RWD handling kings

Published: 02 October 2015 Updated: 02 October 2015

 New Mk4 MX-5 and Toyota GT86 Aero
 On track at Rockingham Motor Speedway
 Which offers the purest driving thrills?

Mazda’s 2015 Mk4 MX-5 is a triumphant return to sports car first principles. Light, affordable and lively of chassis, it’s an all-new yet refreshingly old-school sports car. And, sad to say, one with few direct rivals these days. But there is one other defender of the mainstream sports car faith that treads a similar accessible-price, accessible-handling, naturally aspirated path: Toyota’s GT86.

CAR magazine’s associate editor CJ Hubbard is your guide as we let both cars loose at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire to see which offers the purest rear-driven thrills.

Read CAR’s first drive of the 2015 Mazda MX-5 here, and Toyota GT86 Aero review here.

And both Mazda and Toyota battle Audi’s TT Roadster (below) in a special sports car triple test in the October issue of the magazine, on sale now – or read the feature online, via our new CAR+ service.

Toyota GT86 and 2015 Mazda MX-5 battle Audi TT Roadster in CAR magazine October 2015

By James Taylor

Former features editor for CAR, occasional racer