The new look Mazda MX-5, which is probably the last new version of the current generation, goes on sale in the UK from 1 December, priced from £18,495 to £23,595. Between the Soft-top and Roadster Coupe models, you have seven different models to choose from. Available engines include a 1.8 and a 2.0 liter.
The thoroughly upgraded Mazda MX-5 not only gets a fresh new face that is a bit manlier than before, it also comes with lots of new features including active pedestrian-friendly bonnet, satellite navigation system (with integrated 5.8-inch touch screen monitor, 4GB SD card based map, and…), side airbags, and climate control air-conditioning.
The amazing driving experience, which is the main reason to buy the MX-5, is also enhanced in this version. Updating the ‘Jinba Ittai’ handling finesse, Mazda has given the new roadster a modified throttle that matches the six-speed manual ‘box better to improve responsiveness and give more linear, nimble acceleration. The brakes are tweaked as well.
The engines are unchanged though. You still get the 126ps 1.8i MZR with a five-speed gearbox, and the 160ps 2.0i MZR with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission or ‘PowerShift‘ six-speed sequential paddle-shift.
There is an all-new Mazda MX-5 in the works which will arrive in 2014. That car will also spawn an Alfa Romeo sports car.