A choice of six body colours is available - including two new mica colours (Stormy Blue and Copper Red), plus one mica (Galaxy Grey), one metallic (Sunlight Silver) and two solids (Brilliant Black and True Red).
Appropriate to its premium positioning, the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe will not be available in the UK with steel wheels. The six-model range starts with the 1.8i Option Pack and every model will feature stylish alloy wheels as standard – 16-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels (on 1.8i and 2.0i Option Pack models) and 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels (on 2.0i Sport models) - to give the new model a truly premium appearance.
A first in the Mazda range, every model in the MX-5 Roadster Coupe line-up will have iPod connectivity. The connection is located in the glovebox and the iPod can be operated using the steering-wheel mounted audio controls. Owners can play their favourite tunes from their iPod playlist through the car’s audio system, though the audio display will not show the artist or track name. The system is compatible with Apple iPods only, not with other MP3 players.
Every MX-5 Roadster Coupe buyer will also be able to order a BOSE ‘SoundDock’ home iPod docking station at a 20% discount on the normal BOSE retail price.
The new Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe is just 10 mm taller than the soft top version and has lost none of its sister car’s beautifully balanced driving dynamics which so accurately reflect the Japanese ideal of Jinba Ittai, the symbiosis between rider and horse. Although the MX-5 Roadster Coupe weighs an extra 37kg, it still achieves an ideal 50:50 weight distribution because the roof retracts into a space behind the seats - just like the soft-top MX-5. This perfect balance between the front and rear axles ensures maximum agility and fun-to-drive motoring pleasure.
When retracted the roof leaves the boot space untouched, does not compromise luggage capacity and ensures that the driver or passenger in an MX-5 Roadster Coupe can open or close the roof quickly and easily without needing to step out of the car.
Thanks to the excellent levels of security, including a Thatcham 1 alarm and immobiliser, together with the modest overall costs of crash repair, the insurance groups for the all-new MX-5 Roadster Coupe remain equally competitive. Improved residual values are also anticipated, making the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe an unbeatable proposition for fleet operators.Published 14 September 2006