The 2009 model year Mazda MX-5 has hit the showrooms, celebrating the 20th anniversary with a series of small but significant updates.
The current Mazda MX-5 is available as traditional Soft Top and folding metal hard-top Roadster Coupe. Styling tweaks to both versions – including new lower grille, lights, bumpers and side sills – have improved the aerodynamics, and together with upgraded engines and drivetrains mean the 2009 MX-5 offers lower CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
Stiffer door structures and extra sound insulation boost refinement, while the addition of a new six-speed ‘PowerShift’ gearbox sees the sports car available with a paddle-shift automatic for the first time. This is offered as an option on the revised 158bhp 2.0-litre engine.
Cleaner, meaner engines
The 2.0-litre is also offered with five- and six-speed manual gearboxes. Internal changes and tweaks to the electronics mean it now revs higher for an even more involving driving experience. Fuel economy improves to as much as 38.2mpg, while emissions drop as low as 177g/km (five-speed manual).
A 124ps 1.8-litre petrol is also available, as before. This engine receives no physical modifications but changes to the electronics and five-speed gearbox brings economy up to 40.4mpg while reducing CO2 to 167g/km.
Extra equipment, better handling
All MX-5s now come with alloy wheels, leather on the steering wheel, handbrake and gearknob, plus an MP3 compatible stereo with six-speakers and aux-in connection for MP3 players. Chassis revisions are said to improve the steering and handling agility.
The 2009 Mazda MX-5 is on sale now – priced from £16,345 to £21,695.
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