The Mazda MX-5 offers roadster driving at its best. Its original concept has been so successful that Mazda has never changed it: affordable to buy and use, lightweight, Jinba Ittai 'one-with- the-car' handling, and classic roadster looks. This year Mazda introduces a facelift of the current third-generation MX-5 with enhancements that will attract even more people to this unique, pure roadster.
Both the Mazda MX-5 soft top and Roadster Coupe deliver an evolution of Jinba Ittai driving fun and have more equipment. With these updates the Mazda MX-5 soft top version will continue to appeal to customers looking for a pure roadster experience. The retractable hard top has always appealed to customers looking for a more coupe-like and premium roadster experience.
The Mazda MX-5 facelift expresses Mazda's next-generation design DNA, while retaining the friendly appeal the roadster is known for. A single front fascia bumper is introduced that is more aggressive and aerodynamically efficient. It adopts the typical Mazda five point grille, now framed by newly designed headlamps that slant inward towards the top points of the grille. The inner lenses of the turn indicator lamps at the outer corners of the each headlamp are now white for a quality look.
The transversal decorative panel on the dashboard has been changed from piano black to dark silver. The meter graphics are now placed further apart for better readability, a wider red zone is introduced to the 2.0-litre with manual transmission to reflect its higher rev-limit and the trip meter/odometer in the lower centre of the cluster is now a red-backlit LCD.
The MZR 2.0-litre petrol with either five or six-speed manual transmission still produces 118 kW / 160 PS and maximum torque of 188 Nm. While maximum torque is still produced at 5,000 rpm, maximum power is now reached at 7,000 rpm (300 rpm higher than before), and the rev-limit is now at 7,500 rpm (500 rpm higher than before) making sporty driving even more exciting.
This is particularly true when this engine is combined with the revised six-speed manual transmission. Its optimised synchronisation allows shifting gears even more quickly and smoothly than before.
All Mazda MX-5 facelift versions offer a sportier engine sound. Mazda engineers restructured the sound-creating elements of the facelift model - like the surge tank, the intake ducts and the exhaust system - to give an even sportier and more distinct engine sound that varies noticeably according to driving situations and pedal input.Published 10 February 2009