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2009 Mazda MX-5, At a Glance - (Australia)

March 18th, 2009
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  • Mazda MX-5 launched in October 1989, second-generation MX-5 in April 1998,
  • third-generation in September 2005
  • 855,000 sold worldwide, 15,000-plus in Australia
  • Mazda MX-5 is Australia's only affordable rear-drive, two-seat roadster
  • MX-5 has won 178 awards worldwide, including Wheels Car of the Year (1989 and 2005)
  • Guinness Book of World Records lists MX-5 as world's best-selling open two-seat sports car
  • 2009 Mazda MX-5 on sale mid-March. Sales target: 500pa

2009 Mazda MX-5 range

  • 2009 Mazda MX-5 powered by the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine
    with six-speed manual transmission with Limited Slip Differential (LSD):

    118 kW @ 7,000 rpm, 188 Nm @ 5,000 rpm,
    8.1 litres/100 km, improved 0.4 litres/100 km

    Six-speed Activematic with paddle shift on Touring and Roadster Coupe:

    118 kW @ 6,700 rpm, 188 Nm @ 5,000 rpm,
    8.1 litres/100 km, improved 0.7 litres/100 km

MX-5 Soft-top

  • Remote central locking, air-conditioning, six-speaker, six-disc stereo with Aux-in jack, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, tilt-adjustable steering, driver's seat height adjust, and leather-wrapped gear shifter / steering wheel / handbrake lever
  • Driver and passenger front and side airbags, Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control System and antilock brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels and Limited Slip Differential (manual only)

MX-5 Touring

  • Adds leather seats and trim, and drilled alloy pedals, Bose© premium seven-speaker sound system

MX-5 Roadster Coupe

  • Adds electric folding hard-top, opens or closes in just 12 seconds

MX-5 Roadster Coupe Sports

  • Adds RECARO sports seats and BBS alloy wheels

Design Changes

Exterior Design Changes

  • Exterior styling is more aggressive and aerodynamic
  • Expressive new single front fascia bumper incorporates new five-point grille, new headlamp design, and new highly-sculptured triangular front fog lamp bezels
  • New side sills with garnishes for a sculptured look and aerodynamic improvement
  • Revised rear bumper design is more integrated into the body
  • New rear combination lamps with more aerodynamic shape
  • Roadster Coupe adds new design details for a more premium character
  • Eight colours, three new: Aluminium Metallic, Metropolitan Grey Mica and Sunset Yellow

Interior Design Changes

  • Improved levels of quality feel and interior comfort
  • Decorative panel on the dashboard changed from piano black to dark silver
  • New meter graphics for better readability
  • Wider red zone (with manual transmission)
  • New red-backlit LCD tripmeter/odometer display
  • Climate control knobs now silver-ringed
  • Latest factory-installed audio system with a cleaner look
  • New interior colour scheme for a sportier look
  • Soft-touch centre console cover easier on the elbow
  • Storage net relocated from passenger footwell to door pocket

Mechanical Changes

Engine and Six-Speed Manual Transmission

  • 2.0-litre petrol engine revised for better response, performance feel
  • New Induction Sound Enhancer (ISE) for a sporty engine sound
  • Surge tank optimised for rigidity as contributor to improved engine sound
  • New forged crankshaft to minimise vibration at high engine speed
  • Fully-floating pistons with higher pin-boss reliability
  • New-design valve springs suppress valve ‘bounce’ at high revs
  • Higher-durability materials for the connecting-rod bearings
  • Now rev to 7,500 rpm (up 500 rpm) for livelier acceleration feel
  • Revised six-speed manual transmission for smoother, more precise shifting, includes Limited Slip Differential (LSD) for maximum traction
  • 118 kW at 7,000 rpm (prev: 6,700 rpm), 188 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm
  • Fuel economy 8.1 litres per 100 km improved 0.4 litres (six percent)

Engine and Six-Speed Activematic Transmission

  • Carryover 2.0-litre petrol engine
  • 118 kW at 6,700 rpm and 188 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm
  • Six-speed Activematic with steering-wheel paddle shift and Active Adaptive Shift delivers everyday convenience and fun
  • Fuel economy 8.1 litres per 100 km improved 0.7 litres (8 percent)

Chassis and Structure

  • Evolution of Jinba Ittai ‘one-with-the-car’ feeling
  • Front-midship, rear-wheel drive configuration for ideal 50:50 weight distribution and superior handling attributes (carry-over)
  • Approximately 58 percent of the body-in-white is made of ultra-high or high-tensile steel for excellent flexural and torsional stiffness and crash resistance (carry-over)
  • Height of the front roll centre lowered by 26 mm for more linear steering response
  • New suspension tuning for even more precise reaction to steering input
  • Yaw and roll feel more natural for a higher quality ride


  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) standard (carry-over)
  • Front and side airbags standard on all models

Comfort, Convenience and Equipment

  • Roadster Coupe version now 2.7 dB quieter in cabin (measured at 60 km/h on a coarse road) due to urethane filling in front suspension and new damping in front roof section
  • RECARO sports seats now available on Roadster Coupe
  • Height adjustment on driver's seat
  • Redesigned lower door cupholders for more side leg room
  • New soft pads armrests and centre console lid for more comfort (Touring and Roadster Coupe)
  • Larger storage compartment in front of shifter for MP3 player or cell phone (with rubber mat to minimise rattling noise)
  • New AUX-in jack at bottom of centre console for connecting MP3 player to car’s audio system
  • Storage compartment in centre console now with removable partition for flexible use and rubber mats at the bottom to prevent rattling noise
  • Cruise control standard
  • Improved premium Bose® audio system optimised for MX-5 facelift with more power, more channels, better speakers

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