MAZDA MX-5: SYDNEY MOTOR SHOW 2012
The roadster has been given a makeover with styling and chassis tweaks for its mid-life refresh.
Taking on elements of the MX-5 Spyder concept, the new corporate five-point grille is deeper and has new housings for the foglights.
Mazda says that the philosophy of Jinba Ittai (horse and rider as one) has been refined by focusing on Toitsukan - a consistent and linear driving feel through the corners.
While the 2.0 litre 118kW four-cylinder remains unchanged, throttle response is improved for a sharper drive in cars equipped with manual transmission.
The braking system has also been recalibrated for smoother operation and performance.
“Lots of Fun is what sports car fans all over the world expect from the MX-5. The evolution and maturation of this concept was the mission of the development team," Mazda MX-5 Program Manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto said.
"I feel certain that we have succeeded in fulfilling our mission with the new MX-5," he said.
Mazda's obsessive 'gram strategy' for weight reduction continues apace, with the new front bumper having been shaved of 400g by using thinner plastics.
The new MX-5 goes on sale later this year. We'll let you know as soon as we have pricing information.
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