Fine-tuning of the engines coupled to aerodynamic drag reduction have achieved significant reductions in CO2 emissions down to 167 g/km for the 1.8i SE model, from 174 g/km. Add to that improved fuel consumption – 40.4 mpg for the 1.8i SE, up from 38.7 mpg – all contributing to reduced running costs over the outgoing model. In addition, the whole sports car ownership experience is supported by Mazda's renowned reliability and durability.
For 2009, Mazda MX-5 customers now have a choice of four powertrains, the 126ps 1.8i or higher-revving 160ps 2.0i with five-speed gearbox, the 160ps 2.0i with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual gearbox and the new 160ps 2.0i 'PowerShift' six-speed sequential paddle-shift transmission with full-auto mode, offering thrilling B-road cross-country drives and easy city driving and motorway cruising.
The sportscar driving experience of the Mazda MX-5 2.0i with manual transmission is enhanced by raising its rev-limit by 500rpm to 7,500rpm and retuning the engine to develop peak power (160ps) at 7,000rpm (up 300rpm). For models with the six-speed gearbox, the engine is fitted with a new Induction Sound Enhancer (ISE) which gives the power unit an even sportier sound.
Prices for the 2009 Mazda MX-5 soft-top range start from £16,340 (on-the-road) for the 126ps, 1.8i SE with a five-speed manual gearbox. Every Mazda MX-5 now comes with leather trimmed steering wheel, gear knob and hand-brake, alloy wheels, plus an MP3-compatible audio system with six speakers and a new auxiliary (AUX) input jack for MP3 and iPod connection.
All 2.0i SE models (from £17,340), delivering 160ps, feature DSC (dynamic stability control), TCS (traction control system), a Limited Slip Differential (except PowerShift models) and side airbags. Climate control air conditioning is a £550 option on these models.
2.0i Sport Tech models (priced from £19,690) are equipped with new 17-inch alloy wheels, uprated Bilstein dampers, a front suspension strut bracing bar, a six-speed manual transmission, front fog lamps and heated leather seats. New specification additions include climate control air conditioning, cruise control, a premium Bose audio system with 6-CD changer, seven speakers and Bluetooth® technology with voice recognition for hands-free telephoning.
The two new PowerShift models (from £20,190) are similarly equipped to Sport models, but feature the new paddle-shift transmission – instead of the six-speed manual – and are not fitted with a Limited Slip Differential or the uprated Bilstein dampers.
The Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe range starts at £18,340 and carries a modest £2,000 premium over the soft-top models. Designed and engineered by Mazda, the powered retractable hard top is the world's fastest – top-up or top-down in 12 seconds. Climate control air conditioning is standard on all Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe models. For those cold winter mornings heated leather seats, which have five-stage settings, are standard or available as an option – depending on model.
The 2009 Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe now has several additional features including a new mesh-type front grille surrounded by a chrome edging trim, headlamps featuring chrome bezels and exterior door handles with a chrome finish. The front fog lamps have silver inner bezels and there is a clear lens for the high-mounted rear stop light. The cabin is also better insulated with interior noise reduced by a significant 2.7dB at 37 mph.
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