Harry Leahey

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The Mazda MX-5, one of the world's most popular sports cars, has just received its biggest update yet for 2024, and it's showing off its updates at this year's Tokyo motor show. 

On the outside, the new MX-5 features new LED headlights with daytime running lights, redesigned rear lights, and a new exterior paint colour option, Aero Grey.

Inside, the cabin comes equipped with a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, replacing the old seven-inch display. The new system will be compatible with Apple

CarPlay and will also include a frameless rear-view mirror and USB-C charging ports.

The fourth-generation MX-5 has been praised for its strong driving dynamics, and Mazda has only made minor tweaks to the mechanics for the 2024 model.

All models will get a new 'Dynamic Stability Control' track driving mode, which Mazda says will deliver a "more dynamic, yet secure, drive experience". The accelerator and electric power steering system have also been tweaked for better response.

The range of engines remains unchanged, with a 130bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder and a 181bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit available. The 2.0-litre engine will now come with a front strut brace, limited-slip differential, and Bilstein dampers as standard.

Pricing and delivery times have yet to be announced, though the cosmetic and interior upgrades are expected to subtly raise the car's current £25,515 starting figure.

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Harry Leahey 25/10/23