The face-lifted Mazda MX-5 will be with us in the autumn of 2012 and it will introduce a number of interior and exterior nips and tucks to both the hardtop and the soft-top models.
There have also been a number of mechanical and electronic improvements including a new ‘active’ bonnet that automatically rises if a pedestrian impact is detected. This provides immediate space under the bonnet to absorb impact energy and soften the blow.
On the outside the face-lifted MX-5 has a new front bumper design to give it a more aggressive-look. There is a new grey exterior colour available, as the former Metropolitan Grey is replaced with Dolphin Grey. And on the inside, panel décor and matching steering wheel spokes have been upgraded.
On the mechanical side – the throttle movement, and the degree to which the accelerate pedal is pushed, are now controlled separately (on manual transmission models). This increases the feeling of linear acceleration, and gives the driver even more control when accelerating from low down the rev band. This combined with a revised vacuum brake-booster that optimizes brake return control, which is especially beneficial when the driver brakes upon entering a curve. The new acceleration control then kicks-in when the driver lets off the brake and steps on the accelerator again. Taken together, these two new upgrades make braking more controllable, acceleration after braking smoother and makes it easier for the driver to reach the desired vehicle speed after braking.
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