• Sep 3, 2008
Click above to enlarge and view another close-up shot of the changes

The current styling of the Mazda MX-5 could well be described as just a bit boring with very round corners that play it safe. Mazda would like to change the image of its iconic little roadster and revised styling is certainly on the way. We have an early shot of the changes courtesy of the interwebs and, while they are a welcome refresher, the design team didn't quite go far enough. The only real changes visible to the naked eye are in the front fascia, which sports styling inspired by tweaks made to the latest rotary-powered RX-8. Front and center is a gaping grill that features five distinct corners instead of the old oval opening. Flanking that new mug are angled fog light surrounds and swept-back headlights above. The changes are mostly design elements seen on Mazda's latest batch of concept cars, though overall it's a safe update for an already safe design – and very close to what we were expecting – but we're still hoping for more from the next-gen MX-5.

[Source: KM77.com via Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like a happy kid with buck teeth. All it needs is buck teeth.

      I'll LOL every time I see one of these come up behind me. "HAI GUYZ WATS GOIN ON HERE?"
        • 6 Years Ago
        when the RX8 came out one of the car mags took a blank white vanity plate and drew a line down the middle and put it on the front of the car.

        there was bugs bunny in all his glory.

        The better would be to black out one side, then it would fit in better here in the south ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the new front end, I just hope they fix the back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Better than the too ovaloid look of the current front-end. Now if we could just get a MS version!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I dunno, the 3rd-gen base model already does 0-60 in ~6.5 seconds--faster than the last MSM--and that's getting an EPA-estimated 21/28 MPG, vs. the last MSM's 19/26 (by the EPA's optomistic pre-2008 reckoning).

        I think Mazda's hit the sweet spot engine-wise; what they need is an R package (like that available in '94) with stiffer springs and dampers, thicker anti-roll bars, and a set of lightweight 16s. That and some actual feel in the new clutch.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, at least the Miata has pretty great aftermarket support if you don't mind the lack of a powertrain warranty...

        I do wish that they would make it just SLIGHTLY more aggressive already and get rid of the girlymobile stigma lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        PJ-
        My MS3 runs to 60 in 5.4 if you do it right- that motor would turn this car into a total monster. And I say that in a very good way. Too bad they have officially announced that the engine won't fit. I would get an MS miata with the turbo 2.3 in a heartbeat if I could find the cash.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love how AB says they were hoping for more on this redesign and others criticize the Miata for playing it safe. Wah!!!

      Fact: The Miata is still here after almost 20 years, still a great car that's stayed close to its roots, still a well balanced car, still fun to drive and still relatively affordable.

      Let's see now:

      Mercury Capri -- Long gone and not missed.

      Honda S2000 -- Going, going, gone!

      Saturn Sky / Pontiac Solstice -- May be going the way of the dodo.

      We should be happy that a car as straightforward and pure as the Miata is still around in an era where small 2 seaters do not sell well and too many cars prioritize size and power (hence weight) over balance.

      -SimianSpeedster
      • 6 Years Ago
      It might be an unflattering angle for nose, but I wish they'd shorten the front and rear overhang, snug in the waist line and give up on the radius wheel arch thing that Mazda has been tacking onto recent models (it's bulky, awkward and just plain out of place on an otherwise light, simple shape.)

      I'd like them to be getting back to lighter, smaller, simpler instead of going with a retractable hard top, etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's the best S2000 Mazda ever made.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I always thought they looked similar, now only more so.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You beat me to it. I see the same thing. S2000 all the way. BTW mazda needs to get off their ass and sell one of these with the mazdaspeed3 engine in it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see s2000 too! even down to the rims on the earlier ap2 =D
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great car, but I don't like the styling.

      The refreshed RX8 looks great, though. Mazda needs an ecoboosted V6 RX8 so there's some performance to back up that lousy MPG.
        • 6 Years Ago
        V6 ecoboost! wow you sir need to know what R stands for.
        • 6 Years Ago
        WTF V6????? LOLZ.
          • 3 Years Ago
          cool site
        sam
        • 6 Years Ago
        the rx series major problem has always been lack of torque...when driven MAD...like you are totally pissed at the car...they are the most fun there is...one most road courses, these will leave a 350z in th dust...granted you don't stand a chance in a long strait...but, the rx motors make it so you can drive MUCH smoother, and drifting in a corner is much easier to accomplish..major problem the motors have is meeting US emission standards...i've driven a euro equivalent version...it had much more BEEF than the us version
        • 6 Years Ago
        rofl. a V6. That's epic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, I realize the rotorheads make up quite the following, but having driven an '05 many times the only thing I didn't like was the inefficiency.

        It was relatively quick, sure, but dog-slow compared to the full-size truck like gas mileage. My friend had gotten single-digit MPG when the weather was real cold, and an all-time best of 21mpg 100% highway driving. My friend ended up trading it in on a Nissan Titan for practicality (owning a house) and it's sad that it got about the same gas mileage. And was almost as quick.

        The chassis was awesome, the transmission felt great (when it wasn't grinding like hell), but the cool whirring noise did not make up for the lack of GO and the appetite for the combustible stuff in my opinion.

        I completely stand by my opinion of putting a non-rotary engine in it. Call it something else, I don't care. You don't get to rev to 9k anymore, but at least it would have some grunt. Your flagship sporty GT car has ~50 less hp and 100??? less ft/lbs tq than the mazdaspeed economy car sibling? Yea, that sounds right.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The "R" in RX8 stands for Rotary, so you lose.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like an S2000 wanna be
      • 6 Years Ago
      smile!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll have to do some research into driving an MX-5 through a southern Ontario winter (with snow tires). I guess ground clearance is the biggest issue, but surely it must be no lower than a Porsche 911? Is it a crazy idea to consider one as a 2nd car, all year 'round?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bummer, the hood still looks like a shoe tongue, the whole car: a bar of soap.

      Oh well, perhaps one day it will look as good as it drives...
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