The Upgraded Mazda MX-5 And Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe

The Upgraded Mazda MX-5

The Upgraded Mazda MX-5

Upgraded for 2009, the 8-strong range of new Mazda MX-5 sportscars will go on sale in the UK during April. Both the soft-top and Roadster Coupe bodystyles have a fresh design that enhances dynamic appeal, is harmonised with Mazda's next-generation Mazda6, Mazda3 and Mazda2 line-up and lowers aerodynamic drag to Cd 0.38 (soft-top) and 0.36 (Roadster Coupe). Chassis modifications ensure that all models deliver an evolution of Mazda's unique Jinba Ittai - oneness between car and driver - by enhancing the Mazda MX-5's legendary agility and controllability even further. Fine-tuning of both the 1.8i and 2.0i engines has achieved significant reductions in CO2 and fuel consumption.

For 2009, Mazda MX-5 customers will now have a choice of four powertrains, all fine-tuned to use less fuel - the 126ps 1.8i or higher-revving 160ps 2.0i with five-speed gearbox, the 160ps 2.0i with a smoother-shifting six-speed manual gearbox and the new 160ps 2.0i 'PowerShift' six-speed sequential paddle-shift transmission with full-auto mode. The engine fine-tuning and aerodynamic drag reductions have resulted in significantly lower CO2 (from 167 g/km for the 1.8i, down from 174 g/km) and enhanced fuel consumption (from 40.4 mpg for the 1.8i, up from 38.7 mpg).

The new PowerShift transmission delivers an even more sporty drive for the Mazda MX-5, with gear changes achieved by operating the paddles behind the steering wheel - just like an F1 racecar - so the driver does not have to take his, or her, hand off the wheel. PowerShift makes B-road cross-country driving in the Mazda MX-5 even more thrilling and when road, traffic conditions or the driver's mood demands, the full-auto mode gives the option of fully automatic operation for easy city driving and motorway cruising.

Prices for the upgraded new Mazda MX-5 soft-top range will start from £16,345 for the 126ps, 1.8i with a five-speed manual gearbox, now equipped as standard with items that used to be part of the extra cost Option Pack. The 2009 upgrade means that every MX-5 comes with alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, gear knob and hand-brake, plus an MP3-compatible audio system with six speakers and a new auxiliary (AUX) input jack for MP3 and iPod connection. All 2.0i models (from £17,345), delivering 160ps, feature DSC (dynamic stability control), TCS (traction control system), a Limited Slip Differential and side airbags. Climate control air conditioning is a £550 option on these models.

Published 12 February 2009 Staff

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