This coming Friday, Australia's only International Motor Show for 2009 kicks off in Melbourne and Mazda (in addition to the all-new 3 MPS) is bringing its updated horse MX-5 to town.
Mazda has been guided by the principle of Jinba-Ittai, â€œoneness between horse and riderâ€ since the third generation of the MX-5 was launched in 2005. In essence, Jinba-Ittai expresses the intimate driving relationship between the MX-5 and its driver.
According to Mazda, this update of its MX-5 roadster features, "an expressive and aerodynamic new Mazda five-point fascia" along with a number of cosmetic, mechanical and ergonomic upgrades.
"The feisty little Mazda MX-5 Roadster is the Zoom-Zoom heart and soul of Mazda. It embodies our Stylish, Insightful and Spirited brand values more than any other car we make. And that means its significance to Mazda stretches well beyond its performance on a sales chart. No other two-seat roadster can match the MX-5 for driving fun, excitement and value," said Mazda Australia Managing Director Doug Dickson.
All Mazda MX-5 models continue to feature the perky 118kW MZR 2.0-litre petrol engine, now with a 7,500rpm rev limit (on manual models), driving the rear wheels as the fashion of 'real' sports cars, via a six-speed manual or optional six-speed Activematic transmission with paddle shifters.
Sitting at the top of the refreshed 2009 MX-5 range, is a Roadster Coupe with an optional Sports Pack.
The pack adds Recaro sports seats and exclusive BBS alloy wheels to the standard equipment list that includes a six-disc, 200W, premium Bose audio system with auxiliary audio jack for MP3 connectivity, cruise control, air-conditioning, height-adjustable driver's seat and more.
The 2009 facelift of the MX-5 coincides with the little sports car's 20th birthday. My how time flys.
The 2009 Mazda MX-5 will be offered in soft-top and folding hard-top configurations an is due to arrive in showrooms mid-March.
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