What is it?
This is the revised Mazda MX-5 2.0i Sport. Mazda has performed a tight, targeted facelift on its popular roadster, tackling customer criticism ranging from the linearity of its steering to over-intrusive bottle storage arrangements.
The Mazda MX-5’s update is signalled by a new nose and tail. The front bumper now houses Mazda’s signature five-node grille, consigning the Lotus Elan-style elliptical intake of the old car to history.
There’s always been a small but nagging question mark over the dynamics of the third-generation Mazda MX-5, which has been spoiled by the artificial feel of its electric power steering, a slight lack of consistency in the same, and a back end that could break away with the suddenness of a rugby winger.
Revised suspension geometry has brought about a significant lowering of the Mazda MX-5’s roll centre up front, the aim being more consistent steering response and feel, while further fine-tunings are claimed to improve its ride.
The Mazda MX-5 2.0i Sport’s rev range has been stretched by 500 revs to 7500rpm, its bottom end has been strengthened and there’s now a torque converter paddle-shift auto option.