Which MX5 / Porsche do I own?


Which MX5 do I own?


It's a question that our simple guide will hopefully answer quickly and clearly.


Since it was first introduced in 1989, the Mazda MX5 has been revised multiple times with a variety of face-lifts, limited editions and over a million vehicles sold worldwide.
Mazda MX5 / Eunos Roadster - Mk1 (NA) - 1989-1998




Main feature: pop up headlights.


Limited editions: LTD Edition, SE, California, Gleneagles, Monaco, Merlot, Dakar, Monza, Harvard, Classic, Berkeley.
Mazda MX5 / Mazda Roadster - Mk2 (NB) - 1998-2000




Main feature: fixed headlights.


Limited editions: Sport, 10th Anniversary, SE, Jasper Conran, California, Isola, Icon.
Mazda MX5 / Mazda Roadster - Mk2.5 (NBFL) - 2001-2005




Main features: fixed headlights and fog lights/blanks in the front bumper.

Limited editions: Phoenix, Arizona, Trilogy, Montana, Nevada, Angels, Indiana, Euphonic, Arctic, Icon.
Mazda MX5 / Mazda Roadster - Mk3 (NC) - 2005-2008




Main features: completely new design with large round arches and clear rear lights.

Limited editions: Launch Edition, Z-Sport, Icon, Niseko.
Mazda MX5 / Mazda Roadster - Mk3.5 (NC2) - 2009-2012




Main features: front fog lamps are now leaf shaped, rear lights are clear and red.


Limited editions: Sport Black, 20th Anniversary, Kuro, Miyako, Venture.
Mazda MX5 / Mazda Roadster - Mk3.75 (NC3) - 2013-2015




Main feature: front fog lamps are squarer with a 'brow'.


Limited editions: 25th Anniversary, Jota GT, Sport Venture, Sport Graphite.
Mazda MX5 / Mazda Roadster - Mk4 (ND) - 2015 and onwards




Main features: completely new design again, this time with aggressive front lights and round rear lights that come to a point.


Limited editions: Arctic, Icon, RF Launch Edition, Sport Recaro, Z-Sport.


Which Porsche do I own?


With multiple updates and revisions we hope our simple guide will help you pin point which Porsche you own.


Both the Boxster (986) and 911 (996) helped save Porsche in the mid nineties by utilising headlights, body panels, running gear and engine architecture across both platforms.


Porsche Boxster (986) - 1996-2002




Main features: released ahead of the 911, the Boxster 986 shares the same bonnet, wings, headlights and interior as the 996.


Engine options: 2.5, 2.7 and 3.2S.


Porsche 911 (996) - 1998-2001


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Main features: the first water cooled 911, the 996 featured the same front end as the 986 Boxster which included the orange 'fried egg' headlights. 


Engine options: 3.4


Porsche 911 (996.2) - 2002-2004


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Main features: the 996 was updated in 2002 with the intention of differentiating the look from the cheaper Boxster. The headlight were updated along with clear lights all around. The engine was also updated to 3.6 litres.


Engine options: 3.6


Porsche Boxster (986.2) - 2002-2004  




Main features: a minor facelift, the 986.2 featured clear lights all round, a glass heated rear screen in the hood, a glove box in the dashboard and updated front and rear bumpers


Engine options: 2.7 and 3.2S


Porsche 911 (997) - 2004-2008


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Main features: The 997 reverted back to the classic 'bug eye' 911 headlights plus a complete exterior and interior redesign from the 996


Engine options: 3.6 and 3.8


Porsche Boxster (987) and Cayman (987C) - 2005-2008


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Main features: the 987 Boxster and Cayman were a complete redesign released in 2005 which featured round headlights, larger side intakes and larger wheel arches to accommodate 19" wheels


Engine options: 2.7, 3.2S and 3.4S


Porsche Boxster (987.2) and Cayman (987.2C) - 2008-2012


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Main features: the 987 was revised in 2008 and featured different headlights, rear lights, larger front air intakes and daytime running lights. The 2.7 engine was also increased to 2.9 litres


Engine options: 2.9 and 3.4S


Porsche 911 (997.2) - 2009-2012


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Main features: Revised front and rear bumpers, headlight with daytime running lights and LED rear lights


Engine options: 3.6 and 3.8