Updated MX-5 gets new face and gearbox
2 October 2008

Mazda has unveiled a facelifted MX-5 at the Paris motor show.

The most noticeable update to the popular two-seat roadster is a more aggressive face, made up of freshly reshaped headlights, a deeper grille and more pronounced, black fog light surrounds.

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Laurens Van den Acker, head of Mazda design, said the mild update was intended to make the car look more aggressive and assertive. "We also needed to bring the styling more in line with the current range,” he said.

The facelifted MX-5 also benefits from a new, smoother-shifting six-speed gearbox and the rev limit on the 2.0-litre engine has been raised by 500rpm.

Expect to see the updated Mazda MX-5 in showrooms early next year.

Vicky Parrott

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Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 is still great fun, and more grown up in its third (NC) generation. For pure driving fun, little else gets close

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2 October 2008

[quote Autocar]intended to make the car “look more aggressive and assertive[/quote] I'm not sure that this is neccessarily a good way to promote a car these days. Aside from that I think they have done a good job, managing to keep the nice lines of the classic MX5 whilst bringing its looks more in line with the other cars in their range. It will be interesting to see what it looks like on the road on a nice sunny day.

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3 October 2008

Looks like one of the Peugeot designers has joined Mazda's design team.

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