• Sep 29, 2008
Click either image for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Mazda MX-5

The 2009 Mazda MX-5 leakage continues courtesy of km77, with a host of new images showing the facelifted roadster in both soft- and hard-top guise.

These newest shots show the already revealed and revised front end, pulling a few cues from the RX-8, along with a set of new taillights and a slightly redesigned rear bumper. Engine selections remain unchanged, with buyers abroad able to choose between a 126 hp, 1.8-liter or a 160 hp, 2.0-liter. Inside the 2.0-liter four-pot, the pistons and valve springs have been replaced with lower friction parts and the intake has been revised to provide a slight increase in power along with a more aggressive note.

The six-speed manual is still standard and features new synchronizers to smooth shifts, while a six-speed auto 'box with manumatic shifting will be made available in Europe for the first time. The front suspension geometry has been tweaked to provide more feedback through the steering wheel, low-rolling resistance tires are fitted at all four corners, traction control is standard and new baffles in the front bumper keep aerodynamic drag to a minimum.

Both the hard-top and soft-top equipped models benefit from a new layer of sound insulation to reduce wind noise, allowing owners to fully enjoy the Bose stereo and Bluetooth system, along with an auxiliary jack for MP3 players. The interior also features new seat heaters that come up to temperature quicker and allow five levels of heat, while two new colors – Aluminum Metallic and Metropolitan Gray Mica – join redesigned wheels choices sized 16- or 17-inches. Our friends in Spain can also opt for Recaro seats when they choose the "Sportive" package, and when the new MX-5 debuts this week at the Paris Motor Show, we're hoping to find out if a similar seating option will be available in the States.


[Source: km77]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Red tail lights = good.
      new silver paint = boring.
      new front end = improvement, but not nearly enough of the body has changed. It isn't as agressive looking as the 01-05 NB Miatas.

      No turbo = sad.

      But I read the article... LOW ROLLING RESISTANCE TIRES.

      THAT IS BLASPHEMY!

      Low rolling resistance tires are a synonym for CRAP. narrow and low grip for their size. Absolute abomination for a SPORTS CAR!!!

      Miata deserves no less than Toyo T1-Rs, or something equivalent or better. SCREW low rolling resistance.

      Crap tires as a marketing point, silver tones, and a new automatic transmission, and more sound deadening = Mazda getting too soft.

      Just goes to show that Zoom Zoom is losing it's zoom.

      RX8 gets uglier, but not faster.
      6 gets heavier, loses body-styles, and a V6-manual option.
      3 likely to get uglier.
      CUVs get all the attention.
      And no new RX7 or Kabura hard-roof bona-fide sports car.

      not so much Zoom, and the soul of the sports car is getting sold out for the soul of a CUV.

      I love Mazda, I OWN a Miata (with proper T1R tires) but where the heck is Mazda going lately?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mazda, whatever happened to K.I.S.S.? Huh?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Strange how so many recent cars look plasticy in light colors, but brilliant in dark ones. The dark pitcures of the new MX-5 look fantasic, but the light ones look like garbage.

      My problem with the Solstice is it just doesn't feel like a small, zippy roadster. Someone once said that it feels more like a big Healey than a small Spitfire, and I guess that's why I don't like it much. The GXP is a rocket, but it still lacks that lightness and sharpness that GM seems incapable of doing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The update has definitely improved the look of the MX-5. It definitely was too ovaloid/tubby looking in the front. It is nice to see the glossy black gone from the interior--too reflective in a convertible, although maybe it was gone earlier than this refresh. With the Solstice/Sky headed to the graveyard, this is the only game in town for a reasonable fun convertible. Let's get a MS version though!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i love this car i just wish they would make it styled a little more agressively...but its still a fun little car
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still my favorite car in this segment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The way this car is getting hammered on the track by Pontiac, you'd think they would have done more to up the HP and not just give it a bigger smile.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1
        • 6 Years Ago
        okay...2008 scca solo nationals...top two are mx-5's...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Google Solstice SCCA Championship and see for yourself who's winning on the track.

        The Solstice is great car and yes, I've driven both. The Mazda is not a bad car by any means, it's just not as good as the Solstice.
        s13hybrid
        • 6 Years Ago
        A great little roadster, but the styling is way to funky for me, I am more into the first generation, or second. Now if they did restyle this within the lines of the Furai/Taiki style I would drop everything I am doing and purchase it (if I had the money of course). A mini/cheap/great handling Furai = yes please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Red
        If you knew all about the SCCA standings, then why did you ask me to explain how the MX-5 was getting hammered on the track?

        • 6 Years Ago
        As an owner of a first gen Miata and having driven both the third gen MX-5 and the Solstice back to back I can say without reservation that the Solstice is a better car in every respect except the droptop. The Miata, even with the sport suspension, feels very soft. It's poorly composed in comparison to previous models and certainly is nowhere near as sharp, in stock trim, as the Solstice is. It's not even as well controlled as my stock NA which is in need of fresh shocks.

        Additionally, the gearbox appears to have had it's gears selected by someone who never bothered to actually drive the car. The first five are way too close. Fifth should probably be about where sixth is, possibly even slightly higher and sixth should be much higher. Freeway revs are almost no lower than the NA's five speed. They are certainly higher than the Solstice in fifth, and the ratios on the Solstice do not feel like they are too distantly spaced.

        The current MX-5 is still a decent little roadster for doing day trips in the country and such but it's nowhere as good a drive as the Solstice is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know all about the SCCA standings. However, I'm talking about a stock vehicle with stock settings and stock tires. The Solstice isn't hardly the better vehicle in any regard other than its looks.

        But thanks anyway...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The reality for me is... that until I see about 45 Solstices in a series like the SCCA Playboy MX5 Cup... I salute Mazda for giving auto enthusiasts over 2 decades of 2 seater sports car models.

        Pontiac's Solstice (& its corp. cousin the Saturn Sky) sold well in their debut year, but both models have been added to GM's give-a way car program. Rumors have popped up from Warren that one of the models will be killed off due to those slowing sales.

        I have friends that race Miatas... because of those SCCA racers (solo & numerous race classes) these cars hold excellent resale. We will see if the Solstice & Sky deliver the same perks to their owners.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hammered by Pontiac in what way besides aesthetics? Have you actually driven either of these cars? The Miata proves with just a lift of the soft top why it's still the better car. It's lighter and it feels it, it's quicker, the shifter's absolutely fantastic...I could go on, but then I'd sound like a fanboy.

        When it comes to fun-to-drive vehicles, perhaps I am. Also, as for why they didn't stuff the 2.3L in, it wouldn't fit. The vehicle as is, is sound. I can imagine a number of buyers moving from the Sky/Solstice once Mazda decides to infuse the Miata with Furai/Taiki style.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. That black one with the tan interior looks pretty sweet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No direct injection? I guess we're waiting until 2010 for more power and economy, eh?

      Also, whats with the low rolling resistance tires? I know efficiency is the new thing, but this a sports car. That implies stick. Looks like owners are going to be stopping at the local tire dealer on the way home from the Mazda dealer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing. For a car known for great handling it seems very counterproductive to add low resistance tires, expecially on a car that already achieves great milage.

        The old nose was just starting to grow on me. This one looks a bit too cartoonish. Ill stick with my Solstice GXP.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still no Mazdaspeed MX-5, so still no for me. Give me a NA or NB with a LS1 any day of the week over one of these and it'll be cheaper to boot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ackgh!

      When's it getting a refresh?

      Still looks like a bar of soap with a shoe tongue for a hood. With the mini-shoe tongue for a trunk, the edge creates an unflattering bathtub effect. The Pixar smile doesn't help, either.

      Oh well, still a great little car...
      • 6 Years Ago
      an improvement, but it could be so much better than this!
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