Believe it or not, despite the fact that Mazda first unveiled its refreshed 2013 MX-5 Miata in July of this year, the 2012 Paris Motor Show in late September is the first time we've run across the iconic sports car in the metal. And so we wasted no time in filling our DSLRs with a full spate of images.

As you can see, while we eagerly await the still-not-that-close next-generation Miata, the current MX-5's well-known smiley visage has been toned down for 2013, and that's most definitely a good thing in our books. Besides that, Mazda claims to have "[enhanced] throttle response and brake return." Sounds like a nice addition to what is already a winning package.

We suggest combing through the upgrades in our high-res image gallery above. And if you like what you see, Mazda officials tell Autoblog that your local dealer should be getting their 2013 MX-5 stock right about... now.


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      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish Mazda made a coupe version of this iconic car like looking something like a modern day version of a Triumph GT6 or BMW Z coupe.
        Moosetang
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        Would make an interesting competitor to the Toyobaru Twins
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      I never liked the "smile" but now it looks mad like it wants to bite something and I like that.
      zanarditypes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Recaro seats are a very nice touch.
      Mike Gaudiello
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the Miata, but Mazda really did have the front end right it right with the original NC from 2006. Still, more fun with the pedal down is fine by me. The 09 and 13 refreshes still look good, I guess I just prefer the 06.
        Lynchenstein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Gaudiello
        I hear the next version will be "getting back to basics" like the first generation: lighter and less complex with fewer luxury options and a lower price. With lots of SkyActiv stuff going on I'm sure. Can't wait! The current Miata is just too much money and fat. I'm so sad I sold by '92...
      Overgrower
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish the grill was smaller, more like the MX-5 Spyder concept. But in my opinion still an improvement over the NC2 because it makes the car look less round in overall shape.
      Andy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still a winner. Wish it had just a liiiittle more leg room. There aren't many I like in white, but this is nice.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      I swear the times I see a Miata drive, it is a 50 plus year old half bald, white her man that is driving. I wonder if its the age that like small two seaters? Like a MG or some thing.
        HAAS599
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        My dream car is an Atom. I will probably be too broke to ever afford it and will settle for a miata when I am retired.
          protovici
          • 2 Years Ago
          @HAAS599
          Ha this one you can drive in the rain without getting wet lol
        IOMTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Most of the ones I see are either headed to or from the racetrack, but then again I spend a lot of time in the vicinity of Summit Point Raceway.
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Been driving one Miata or another pretty much daily for the last 7 years. Not balding, not 50(yet) and willing to drive anything else daily except maybe this new Miata based Alfa if it ever comes out.
        GuyClinch
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Yes it is the group that likes Miatas.. 50 year old men can drive a stick - and they come from an era where cars were fun to drive and had RWD. So now they can get something pretty reliable like that..
        methos1999
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        I'm determined to make sure I get one before I have kids, nevermind retirement!
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Go to any track in the US, or to any autocross event. Tell me if all you see is 50+ old, balding men.
          dchamp1337
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          You can't tell we're balding with the helmets on.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
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        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
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        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        What's your point? I mean its that age that people have some disposable income and want to have some fun. You will be 50 before you know it.... You'll see.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Houmpheng Phonsavath
        • 2 Years Ago
        MX-5 are way better than the new CR-Z but if you want slower car and great mileage then the CR-Z is perfect car for you.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think only a virgin would say that. Miata still has one of the best transmissions on the planet.
      Stumpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      So funny how a lot of people "don't get" the Miata until they have driven one. I know I didn't. Then one day I got to drive a friends 2002 Miata LS. I never smilled so much in my whole life. Fast forward a few years later and I bought myself a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata. I smile every day. It is such an amazing, fun car. Now it is my friends, who try my car and smile. They to "get it" now. They are always asking for the keys. ..
        Stew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stumpy
        A lot of people based their decision to like/dislike off a checklist. Also, many insecure people think that it's a "chick" car.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      My first "extra car" so I have fond memories. It's fun and cheap to drive and you can wash it in 3-5 minutes. I bought my first used at 5k and got every penny out of it.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find it odd that here in America a lot of folks refer to the Mista as a "chick" car. It was based on a bunch of "guy" classic roadsters like the MGB, Fiat & Alfa Spiders, TR series and especially the Lotus √Član. How could anyone refer to an √Član as a "chick" car????
        PeterScott
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        None of the nitwits that call it a chick car, ever heard of the Lotus Elan.
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