The refreshed 2009 Mazda MX-5 soft top and Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe arrives in showrooms, armed with exciting new styling, a cleaner and greener line-up of powerplants, higher levels of standard equipment, a raft of enhancements to the cabin architecture and the option of the new PowerShift six-speed sequential paddle-shift transmission.
The 2009 Mazda MX-5 effectively updates Moray Callum's original design with an added dash of visual brio, and is instantly identified by its striking new five-point lower air intake that visually aligns the Mazda MX-5 with the Mazda6, Mazda2, all-new Mazda3 and Mazda RX-8 R3. Other design highlights include stylish new head- and tail-lights, rakish new front foglamp housings, restyled front and rear bumpers and more prominent side sills.
The flagship 2009 Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe enjoys a number of additional features to further differentiate it from its soft-top sibling. The new mesh-type front grille is surrounded by a chrome-look edge trim, the headlamps feature chrome bezels and the exterior door handles have a chrome finish. The front fog lamps have silver inner bezels and there is a clear lens for the high-mounted rear brake light.
Inside, the changes focus on greater versatility and refinement, with a larger storage tray in front of the gear lever, the centre console's two cupholders now have a new removable partition that allows the use of either two cupholders or one large storage space, while the map pockets are set into the door and no longer feature protruding water bottle holders. The enhancements are complemented by the new faces for the instruments, silvered climate control dials and the sporty brushed aluminium panel that runs the length of the dashboard.
For 2009, Mazda MX-5 customers will now have a choice of four powertrains - the 126ps 1.8i; the higher-revving 160ps 2.0i with five-speed gearbox; the 160ps 2.0i with a revised six-speed manual gearbox; and the new 160ps 2.0i 'PowerShift' six-speed sequential paddle-shift transmission with full-auto mode.
The sportscar thrills of driving the 160ps Mazda MX-5 2.0i with a manual transmission are further enhanced by the introduction of a new forged crankshaft, fully floating pistons and revised valve springing that together raise the revs at which peak power are developed to 7000rpm (up 300rpm) and push the red line from 7,000rpm to 7,500rpm.
The Mazda MX-5's six-speed manual transmission has also been revised for an even shorter and more precise throw, while the final drive ratio for the five-speed manual transmission of the 1.8i engine was changed from 4.100 to 3.909 to improve fuel efficiency. And finally, the engine's acoustics have also been further tuned for roof-down motoring - the MZR 2.0-litre petrol with six-speed manual transmission on the Sport Tech model is fitted with a newly developed Induction Sound Enhancer (ISE) for a heightened driving experience.Published 30 June 2009