Mazda has upgraded the world’s best-selling sportscar, the MX-5. The open-top classic now gets additional safety features, updated driving response features and subtle exterior and interior design tweaks.
There’s a new front bumper, a new dolphin grey mica paint finish option, new interior panel decor and revised throttle pedal actuation on manual transmission models.
Apparently, according to Mazda, this “increases the feeling of linear acceleration and give the driver more control when accelerating from lower speeds.” Ok, so that clears that up!
On the safety front — quite literally — the new model also introduces Mazda’s new ‘active bonnet’ pedestrian protection system. This automatically raises the trailing edge of the bonnet if a pedestrian impact is detected.
The action provides immediate space under the bonnet to absorb impact energy and soften the blow.
All these changes are geared towards maintaining interest in the current MX-5 before the next generation enters dealer showrooms in 2014.
This new upgraded version of the current MX-5 goes on s ale later this year.