I’ve never really felt much for the current Mazda MX-5 and the new facelift does little to change my point of view.

The last one I loved and the first one doubly so. But the current one looks a little bloated and off the pace for my liking, especially when  it’s got a folding metal hard top.

I mentioned all this to Mazda’s design boss, Laurens van den Acker, several months ago and he seemed to agree with me. He started talking about the next MX-5, due in around 2012. He plans to make it much more dramatic and ‘give it some balls’. It will also be lighter and better to drive.

That, I’d say, is an MX-5 worth waiting for – not this rather tepid facelift.