Posted by Ben on 08 14th, 2012
Being the best-selling roadster of all time, this sports car is highly awaited by enthusiasts and weekend racers. Meanwhile in Japan…The MX-5 Miata was given a mild face lift and a few subtle mechanical revisions. According to U.S. spokespeople, most of these tweaks will make their way towards our market, though no concrete timeline details are known. Expect the roadster to hit the U.S. roads in 2013 priced at about $25,000.
It was last month when images of the revised Miata leaked out onto the Internet, and the model is already on sale in Japan. Getting back to the MX-5 Miata’s fans and weekend racers, they are really excited about the fact that the company keeps on investing and improving the Miata. Indeed, the facelifted roadster boasts a new pedestrian safety feature and some performance tweaks. So what’s new for everyone’s favorite roadster? Let’s see…
Here you can see that the all-new front fascia features the more pointed black mesh grille, while the rear looks trully sporty and sleek due to the redesigned fog lamp housings and updated lip spoiler. Since the automaker came up to the idea of differentiating its hardtop models from the soft top models, the latter have the headlights black-tinted, the wheels finished in dark grey, the interior door handles treated with black, and the gauge surrounds finished off in a dark gray. The hardtop version in its turn has its accent pieces painted in silver.
As for the powerplant mods, Mazda retuned the ECU on the manual transmission and changed the braking performance, while the brake booster was altered. At last, but not the least, the most notable update is the Active Bonnet, a new pedestrian-safe feature, designed for a hood to pop up in case of a collision. Efforts to drop some weight extended throughout the design of the new parts, including the revised front bumper, the active hood, the new 17-inch aluminum wheels, and the wiring.
A pair of special MX-5 Miata models debuted at the 2012 Leipzig Motor Show. Mazda presented the Yusho concept, a supercharged version of the popular roadster. The concept was fitted with a supercharger kit from Flyin’ Miata in order to increase the output to 241 hp. The autocompany didn’t stop on the supercharger kit, but also added a new engine management system with a set of new fuel injectors, as well as a free-flowing exhaust. What guarantees an ultimate fun with the concept is a set of Bilstein shocks, semi-slick Toyo tires, and Eibach lowering springs.
As for the production model, the European buyers will get only 200 units, all equipped with a retractable hard top, a Bilstein sports suspension, and featuring a sportline interior. It even gained some aggressiveness due to the unique racing stripe and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels.
The MX-5 Miata NA is notable for smooth handling and nifty responsiveness, but how about the new Miata NC? Richard Hammond, the presenter of Top Gear and Vicki Butler-Henderson, a famous racing driver and a presenter of Fifth Gear are here to test the new roadster. Let’s find out!
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