July 4, 2020

Mazda’s Upgraded MX-5 Arrives in Australia

Mazda's new MX-5
Mazda's new MX-5

The new Mazda MX-5 is now available in Australia, delivering upgraded powertrain, dynamics and safety across Roadster and RF variants.

Mazda says it has applied advanced technologies to its SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-G 1.5 engines, to extract maximum power balanced with linear response. Engineers revised the SKYACTIV-G 2.0, ultimately lifting the red line to 7,500rpm, boosting power from 118kW to 135kW and torque from 200Nm to 205Nm.

The comprehensive update saw changes made to the air flow intake and exhaust systems, piston shape and weight, crankshaft and connecting rods, achieving increased air intake, improved combustion speed, reduced exhaust losses and mechanical friction.

SKYACTIV-G 1.5 was also revised, with some of the same technologies applied to piston shape and combustion chambers, accounting for an increase in power from 96kW to 97kW and a boost in torque from 150Nm to 152Nm. SKYACTIV-G 1.5 is available exclusively with the entry-level Roadster, while Roadster GT and all RF variants are equipped with the more powerful SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine.

To match the extra power under foot, Mazda says that manual and automatic transmissions were revised to deliver a sharper response and more direct driving feel. Plus, shift timing at turn-in and torque control at turn-out have been tuned for greater precision in sporty driving situations.

“Every time we update Mazda MX-5, it’s in pursuit of refining and enhancing the thrilling drive that is so unique to our iconic two-seater,” said Alastair Doak, Mazda Australia Director of Marketing. “Added power has been finely balanced to ensure the same smooth, direct response is felt from the moment the throttle opens up.”

Mazda has upgraded the safety systems on the MX-5 too, with the addition of a rear camera to all grades, and more advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies to the standard safety package, including Smart City Brake Support [Forward] (SCBS-F) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).

New-look 16-inch alloys with a black metallic finish are available for the 1.5L Roadster, while RF gets 17-inch wheels also finished in black metallic. Roadster GT and RF GT models sit on 17-inch wheels with a bright silver finish. There are five interior trim options for MX-5, with Mazda’s Chroma Brown nappa leather available as an option for RF GT.

There is a choice of six exterior colours, including Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Ceramic Mica, Eternal Blue Mica and Jet Black Mica. RF GT variants also have the option of a black roof.

The new Mazda MX-5 has a starting price of $34,190 for the 1.5L Roadster, with the RF GT topping the range at $48,960.