The popular Mazda MX-5 roadster celebrates its 20th anniversary with a host of cosmetic, mechanical and ergonomic upgrades
The updated Mazda MX-5 is now available in soft-top and electric folding hard-top configurations, priced from $49,000 (plus on-road costs).
All Mazda MX-5 models feature the free-spinning 118kW MZR 2.0-litre petrol engine, now with a 7500rpm rev limit (on manual models), which drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or optional six-speed Activematic transmission with paddle shifters.
The refreshed MX-5 range has an equipment list that includes a six-disc, 200W, Bose audio system with auxiliary audio jack for MP3 connectivity, cruise control, air-conditioning, and height-adjustable driver's seat.
The MX-5 roadster's importance to Mazda, and to motoring enthusiasts, should not be understated, said Mazda New Zealand Managing Director Andrew Clearwater.
"The feisty little Mazda MX-5 Roadster is the Zoom-Zoom heart and soul of Mazda," he says.
"It has won more than 70 awards around the world to date, including the New Zealand Car of the Year in 2005 for the third generation and also in 1990 for the original model."
The Mazda MX-5 set a world record as the highest production two seat open-top sports car in May 2000 and this was certified by the Guinness World Records. With 857,201 MX-5 units produced through to December 2008, this record keeps growing.
See the new Mazda MX-5 for sale here.