Makeover time for MX-5

2012-07-11 15:16

An upgrade to Mazda’s much-loved MX-5 roadster is imminent, promising better safety features and smarter equipment - and it'll be here before the end of 2012

The updated MX-5 has a new front bumper that Mazda says is more aerodynamic, while inside the cabin the panels and steering wheel have also been given a makeover.


More than cosmetic, the MX-5’s update also extends to driver involvement. Throttle movement and accelerator travel have been adjusted to give drivers better control when accelerating and on winding roads.

Additionally, a revised vacuum brake-booster and a new acceleration control system kick in when the driver gets off the brake and jumps back on the accelerator for more controlled braking and smoother acceleration.

Pedestrian safety is also better taken care of with a new “active bonnet” that automatically lifts when a pedestrian impact is detected to absorb the impact energy and soften the blow. The new front bumper design also better protects pedestrians’ legs in crashes.

The facelifted MX-5 will be available in South Africa by December 2012.

  • Slash0x - 2012-07-12 09:29

    Always a legendary sports car, always will be! Mazda just keeps getting better and better. But will it do well against the new Toyota GT86?

      erik.p.vanwyk - 2012-07-12 09:49

      Two very different cars you mention there but then again I must add its difficult for any manufacture to keep up in terms of sales success with the MX5.Its a great car.

      Slash0x - 2012-07-12 09:52

      They would be quite similar in power though, and both are rear wheel drive. Not sure about the price yet though.

      nbasson - 2012-07-12 22:39

      MX-5 would be down on power, but probably lighter. Someone did a comparison test somewhere on the web.

  • lumifi - 2012-07-13 00:45

    Ajoy to drive and own. A nowadays classic that has been a huge success. Just love it!!

  • vickers.vermeulen - 2012-07-14 09:06

    One of the few cars on our roads with a massive built in fun factor. A true modern classic in any guise. My only gripe is the lack of a spare in the current generation. In pot-hole kingdom that is a real worry on a road trip.

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