• Revised 2013 Mazda MX-5 combines enhanced equipment levels with greater dynamism
• Fresh new face and advanced TomTom satellite navigation headline the changes
• Five Soft-top and Roadster Coupe models priced from £18,495 to £23,695 (OTR)
• Voted ‘Best Roadster’ for six years running in the Auto Express New Car Awards
Mazda has revised the line-up for its iconic MX-5 sportscar for 2013 by introducing upgraded models with a stylish fresh face, new pedestrian-friendly bonnet, TomTom satellite navigation system, side airbags, climate control air-conditioning and an even more rewarding driving experience.
The five-strong range of upgraded Mazda MX-5 sportscars is priced from £18,495 to £23,695 on-the-road (OTR), delivering exceptional value backed up by Mazda’s superb reliability record and rock-solid residual values.
Little wonder then, that for six years in a row the Mazda MX-5 has won ‘Best Roadster’ by Auto Express magazine, accolades that reinforce the MX-5’s unequivocal status as the world’s most popular sports car.
“The Mazda MX-5 enjoys incredible popularity in Britain and the ‘Upgraded’ range offers an even more rewarding sportscar ownership experience, while remaining unrivalled as an exhilarating drive that can also be used everyday,” says Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK.
“Together with its affordability, low running costs, enviable reliability, as confirmed by the 2013 Which? magazine annual reliability survey, great residual values and our current low-rate finance offers, the Mazda MX-5 is a thoroughly modern sportscar that people can buy with their heart and their head.”
“When developing the upgraded Mazda MX-5, Mazda’s designers were determined to make the revised roadster even better looking and even more fun to drive. An aggressive new front grille and new bumper design with a bold chin spoiler creates a deeper and wider look that also improves aerodynamics by reducing drag around the fog lights and over the front tyres,” comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK.
As well as giving the upgraded Mazda MX-5 line-up a fresh appearance, the new front-end design simultaneously improves pedestrian safety. Keeping ahead of tougher EU regulations, the MX-5 is the first Mazda to be equipped with the company’s newly-developed active bonnet system. If a collision with a pedestrian is detected, the trailing edge of the bonnet instantly ‘pops-up’ to increase the crumple zone between the bonnet and engine, reducing the severity of pedestrian injuries.
Every upgraded Mazda MX-5 continues to offer the Japanese marque’s unique ‘Jinba Ittai’ handling finesse with a rear-wheel drive chassis that delivers perfectly balanced handling and pure driving exhilaration. Now, the six manual transmission models feature a modified throttle to improve responsiveness and give more linear, nimble acceleration, especially when manoeuvring out of corners. At the same time, Mazda engineers optimised the vacuum brake booster to improve brake return control and thus front-rear load distribution, particularly when braking into bends.
The upgraded MX-5 range offers buyers a choice of three powertrains, all fine-tuned to maximise thrills and minimise fuel consumption – 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 transmission that allows manual control or a fully automatic mode.
The upgraded Mazda MX-5 benefits from enhanced equipment with climate control air-conditioning and glossy dark grey dashboard panel and steering wheel inserts on every model. Upgraded Mazda MX-5 Sport Tech and PowerShift models also gain an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, while Sport Tech models also boast an alloy pedal set.
The line-up is topped by the Sport Tech Nav model, which features a TomTom satellite-navigation system with a fully integrated 5.8-inch touch screen, 4GB SD card based map (covering 45 countries), LIVE Services, iPod and Bluetooth® connectivity, and complete multi-media functionality.
The upgraded Mazda MX-5 range also benefits from a refreshed range of colours and new to the Mazda MX-5 range, Jet Black Mica, Zeal Red Mica and Meteor Grey Mica. Also available is the popular True Red Solid, Crystal White Pearlescent, Aluminium Silver Metallic, and Stormy Blue Mica.