Mazda MX 5 Roadster 2012
After the Mazda Roadster RS made its debut in Japan we were beginning to wonder, when exactly will its "outside-if-Japan" counterpart hit the market as well? Fortunately we didn't have to wait for long in order to get an answer, and to make long story short, the Mazda MX-5 Roadster 2012 will be available for purchase in these parts starting with autumn.
Same as the Roadster RS, we expect the MX-5 to boast a MZR 2.0 liter DOHC engine under its hood, coupled with either a 5 speed manual, a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic transmission.
In terms of exterior design, the new model differs from the previous ones by offering a more aggressive look. The front bumper has been redesigned and it still offers the "happy-roadster" kind of look, but now it's a bit more aggressive and grown up. Other changes in aesthetics include the redesigned front fog lamp bezels, which for an untrained eye they might be difficult to differentiate from the older design, but take a second look and once again you'll notice the aggressiveness. Last but certainly not least, the new model offers a reshaped soft-top, one that makes it rather unique. We kind of like it!
Body color choices should include Dolphin Gray Mica which replaced the Metropolitan Gray Mica in the Japanese version. Glossy Dark Gray will be offered as well.
On the interior the Roadster has also received special treatment and a new tan color will be available if you'll choose the leather upholstery, creating a two-tone design. Alcantara is also available as an option, so overall, the new Roadster offers a decent amount of customization options.
In terms of stability and handling the MX-5 has always been known as a roadster that delivered, and this year it's no different. Mazda focused mainly on improving the 2012 model by optimized the control of braking curve, as well as the transition between braking and accelerating whenever the driver lifts his/her foot off the braking pedal and steps on the acceleration once again.
Pricing for the Mazda MX-5 Roadster 2012 outside of Japan has not been revealed at this point, but in case you wonder how much the Japanese version costs when converted into US dollars, the answer is roughly between $29,000 and $36,000 depending on the variant.
Upgraded MX-5 Roadster coming to Europe this Fall
Leverkusen, 11 July 2012. A newly-upgraded version of the world’s most popular open-top sports car, the Mazda MX-5, is now rolling off the assembly line in Hiroshima and will go on sale in Europe this fall. It has enhanced safety and driving attributes, along with exterior and interior upgrades to make its two models – the retractable hardtop coupe and the classic soft-top – even more attractive.
More aggressive Outside, enhanced Refinement Inside
The upgraded MX-5 has a new front bumper design that makes the roadster more aggressive-looking and contributes to optimal aerodynamic performance. Europeans will also have a beautiful 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 for a touch of refinement.
More fun in the Curve
The MX-5 has always provided one of the world’s most intimate and enjoyable drives, and the upgraded version is now even more responsive to driver input. Throttle movement, and the degree to which the gas 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 a reduced speed, on winding country roads, for example.
This is combined with revised vacuum brake-booster characteristics that optimize brake return control, which is especially beneficial when the driver brakes upon entering a curve. New acceleration control then kicks-in when the driver lets off the brake and steps on the gas pedal 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. The upgraded MX-5 – already legendary for its Jinba Ittai “one-with-the-car” driving experience – is now even more fun to drive on a daily basis.
The Bonnet that softens the Blow
Not only is the upgraded MX-5 more aggressive-looking, aerodynamic and better in the curve, pedestrian safety is also greatly improved. Mazda introduces a new “active bonnet” pedestrian protection system that automatically raises the bonnet if a pedestrian impact is detected. This provides immediate space under the bonnet to absorb impact energy and soften the blow. And the new front bumper design enhances pedestrian leg protection as well.
The upgraded Mazda MX-5 will go on sale across Europe in autumn 2012.