Harry Leahey

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Mazda has announced the UK pricing for the latest iteration of the MX-5, which includes some minor cosmetic changes and a larger infotainment screen. 

The lineup now starts at £28,000 for the 1.5-litre Roadster version, and extends up to £37,000 for the 2.0-litre Homura RF variant, with customer deliveries set to begin in the upcoming month.

In terms of exterior design, the latest model introduces subtle styling refinements, including updated front and rear lighting, alongside new alloy wheel designs that complement both the Roadster and RF (Retractable Fastback) variants. 

The interior remains largely the same, apart from a much larger 8.8-inch infotainment display, which can show Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other interior features include USB-
C ports, climate control, and black cloth seats as standard.

Talking of standard equipment, trim levels have been simplified too, now offered in just three distinct options: Prime Line, Exclusive Line, and Homura, with the latter two available with either 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre engines. The RF models command a premium of £1,900 across all trims for their folding hardtop feature. The range also sees the introduction of a new
'Track' mode for enhanced traction and stability control in the Exclusive Line and Homura trims.

The 1.5-litre makes, while a more potent 181bhp 2.0-litre engine is available for those seeking additional performance. The latter engine enhances driving dynamics with a limited slip differential and is accompanied by a set of distinctive 17-inch wheels. The six-speed automatic transmission that was previously exclusive to the RF model has also been discontinued for this updated version.  

In addition to the changes, the MX-5 can also be had with a sports exhaust and additional wheel designs.

The Mazda MX-5, also known as the Miata in North America and the Roadster in Japan, is an iconic compact sports car that made its debut in 1989. It was conceived with the goal of reviving the spirit of classic British sports cars from the 1950s and 1960s, such as the Lotus Elan, by offering a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive roadster that was affordable, reliable, and fun to drive. Mazda has since spawned four generations of the MX-5, with the upcoming, fifth generation likely to adopt an all-electric powertrain.  The question of whether an all-electric Mazda MX-5 will maintain its renowned driving dynamics as its ICE-powered predecessors, time will tell. 


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Harry Leahey 13/02/24