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.