This is Mazda’s new 2009 MX-5 – and in a world exclusive, CAR has driven the facelifted MX-5 seven months ahead of its UK debut to bring you the first road test of what is still the world’s most popular sports car. The news is all good…
At the rear there’s a new bumper and more prominent taillights. The individual changes may be minor but collectively they effectively update Moray Callum’s original design with an added dash of brio.
Again, it’s a raft of minor tweaks to the cosy two-seater cabin. The dials are new, as are the grippier seats – thank you, Recaro – the climate control dials are now silvered, the shiny black strip running through the dash is now a matt silver, the Bose stereo is now even more powerful and the hugely annoying door-mounted cup holders that dug into your knee no matter what driving position you adopted have been ditched.
Oh, and more effective insulation means the Coupe version – the one with the folding metal roof – is now a little quieter than before.
- How much? £18,000.
- Engine: 1999cc 16v 4cyl, 160bhp @ 700rpm, 138lb ft @ 5000rpm.
- Transmission: Five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive.
- Performance: 7.9sec 0-62mph, 131mph, 36.7mpg, 183g/km.