Faithful to the core, New Mazda MX-5 adds more power, torque and tech, delivering on its promise of a thrilling, top-down driving experience.

Available from late September, the world’s favourite roadster upgrades powertrain, dynamics and safety across Roadster and RF variants.

Mazda MX-5 has applied advanced technologies to each of its engines, SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-G 1.5, to extract maximum power balanced with linear response to maintain its Jinba-ittai sensibilities.

Looking to replicate the free-revving feel of the 1.5L, engineers thoroughly revised the SKYACTIV-G 2.0, ultimately lifting the red line to 7,500rpm, boosting power from 118kW to 135kW and torque from 200Nm to 205Nm.

The comprehensive update saw changes made to the air flow intake and exhaust systems, piston shape and weight, crankshaft and connecting rods, achieving increased air intake, improved combustion speed, reduced exhaust losses and mechanical friction.

SKYACTIV-G 1.5 was also revised, with some of the same technologies applied to piston shape and combustion chambers, accounting for an increase in power from 96kW to 97kW and a boost in torque from 150Nm to 152Nm.

SKYACTIV-G 1.5 is available exclusively with the entry-level Roadster, while Roadster GT and all RF variants are equipped with the more powerful SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine.

To match the extra power under foot, manual and automatic transmissions were revised to deliver a sharper response and more direct driving feel. Plus, shift timing at turn-in and torque control at turn-out have been tuned for greater precision in sporty driving situations.

Deepening the connection between car and driver further, New Mazda MX-5 introduces telescopic steering, making it easier to find the ideal driving position.

Mazda Australia Director of Marketing, Alastair Doak, said the update gives a driving experience that is true to the original.

“Every time we update Mazda MX-5, it’s in pursuit of refining and enhancing the thrilling drive that is so unique to our iconic two seater,” said Doak.

“Added power has been finely balanced to ensure the same smooth, direct response is felt from the moment the throttle opens up.”

Mazda MX-5’s five star ANCAP safety rating has also been bolstered, with the addition of a rear camera to all grades, and more advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies to the standard safety package, including Smart City Brake Support [Forward] (SCBS-F) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).

New-look 16-inch alloys with a black metallic finish are available for the 1.5L Roadster, while RF gets 17-inch wheels also finished in black metallic. Roadster GT and RF GT models sit on 17-inch wheels with a bright silver finish. 

The detachable cup holders have been made more rigid for less wobble and easier to fasten and remove, while seat levers have thicker internal frames to give a more assured feel when operating.

There are five interior trim options for MX-5, with Mazda’s Chroma Brown nappa leather available as an option for RF GT.

New Mazda MX-5 is available in a choice of six exterior colours, including Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Ceramic Mica, Eternal Blue Mica and Jet Black Mica. RF GT variants also have the option of a black roof for an even sportier look. 

Available from late September, New Mazda MX-5 has a starting price of $34,190* for the 1.5L Roadster, with the RF GT topping the range at $48,960*.

For more information about New Mazda MX-5 or to find your closest dealer, please visit www.mazda.com.au

*Manufacturer’s List Price

Manufacturer’s List Price list:

Grade

Engine

T/M

MLP

Roadster

1.5L

6MT

$34,190

Roadster

1.5L

6AT

$36,190

Roadster GT

2.0L GE

6MT

$41,960

Roadster GT

2.0L GE

6AT

$43,960

RF

2.0L GE

6MT

$39,400

RF

2.0L GE

6AT

$41,400

RF GT

2.0L GE

6MT

$45,960

RF GT

2.0L GE

6AT

$47,960

RF GT (black roof)

2.0L GE

6MT

$46,960

RF GT (black roof)

2.0L GE

6AT

$48,960

 

Ever in pursuit of driving pleasure, Mazda has further evolved the MX-5 to enhance the thrill of top-down driving with updates to design, dynamics and NVH across the soft-top and RF models.

In its first update since the fourth generation launched in 2015, the MX-5 has been refined to deepen the sensation of Jinba-ittai and enhance the sports car’s iconic fun factor.

Much lauded for its driving feel, the roadster has seen its rear suspension fine-tuned to realise an even smoother and more comfortable ride, improving every driving situation, whether braking, cornering or cruising.

Using knowledge gleaned from the RF’s development, the soft-top’s rear suspension’s upper link bushings were lowered, while the rear bump stop was lengthened, so it comes into play a little earlier.

The roadster has also undergone NVH improvements to reduce unwanted cabin noise, while accentuating the pleasing quality of the MX-5’s engine sound.

Sound insulation was applied over a wide area of the centre tunnel and noise-absorbing material was added along its top for the first time. Performance of the dash insulator was also improved, holes and gaps around the tunnel reinforcements were reduced, and vibration-damping and noise-absorbing materials were added to the rear wheel housings.

Bolstering the MX-5’s five-star ANCAP safety rating, the GT will add more equipment to its already impressive package, including Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Mazda’s Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH).

Using a windscreen mounted camera, LDW monitors road lane markings and provides an audible alert when a driver is about to stray from the designated lane.

Improving visibility when driving at night, ALH offers flare-free high beams that automatically control the area of illumination, wide range low beams that provide a wider field of vision and Highway mode, which automatically shifts the aim of the headlamps upwards when driving at high speeds. 

Further enhancing its unique road statement, the MX-5 now offers broader colour options across RF and soft-top models.

Mazda’s latest and most lustrous body colour, Soul Red Crystal Metallic, is now available on the MX-5, while the soft-top variant has also added Machine Grey Metallic to its body colour lineup. For extra shine, bright aluminum is on offer for 16-inch wheels on the 1.5L Roadster GT.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the updated MX-5 offers the thrilling and liberating drive that has always defined the iconic sports car.

“The MX-5 carries a promise of fun, and the upgraded fourth generation model certainly upholds this,” said Bhindi.

“The enhancements and added equipment are another phase in its constant evolution, which is testament to Mazda’s endless pursuit of achieving driving pleasure.”

The updated Mazda MX-5 is on sale now.

Mazda MX-5 pricing

MODEL

TRIM

MLP

OLD MLP

1.5L Soft-top Roadster 6MT

Black cloth

$33,440

$33,340

1.5L Soft-top Roadster 6AT

Black cloth

$35,440

$35,340

1.5L Soft-top Roadster GT 6MT

Leather

$39,660

$38,340

1.5L Soft-top Roadster GT 6AT

Leather

$41,660

$40,340

2L Soft-top Roadster 6MT

Black cloth

$34,950

$34,850

2L Soft-top Roadster 6AT

Black cloth

$36,950

$36,850

2L Soft-top Roadster GT 6MT

Leather

$41,210

$39,890

2L Soft-top Roadster GT 6AT

Leather

$43,210

$41,890

2L RF 6MT

Cloth

$38,650

$38,550

2L RF 6AT

Cloth

$40,650

$40,550

2L RF GT 6MT

Leather

$45,210

$43,890

2L RF GT 6AT

Leather

$47,210

$45,890

2L RF GT Black roof 6MT

Nappa leather

$46,210

$44,890

2L RF GT Black roof 6AT

Nappa leather

$48,210

$46,890

2L RF Limited Edition6MT

Recaro seats

$52,210

N/A

 

Now on sale, the All-New Mazda MX-5 RF has joined the rest of the MX-5 family as a five star safety rated vehicle. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has confirmed that, like its soft top sibling, the Mazda MX-5 RF – with its stylish retractable fastback hardtop – has also met the criteria for the maximum safety rating.

Not resting on its laurels, Mazda has made the sporty Roadster even safer thanks to the addition of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which are now standard across the entire MX-5 range.

In addition, the high grade Mazda MX-5 RF GT also gets the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) - LED headlights that swivel up to 15 degrees to reveal more of a road’s corner. According to ANCAP, the Mazda MX-5 offers more pedestrian protection than any vehicle ever tested (33.72 points out of 36) thanks to an Active bonnet that pops up when an accident is detected, and the energy-absorbing foam positioned in the front bumper beam that combines with the lower stiffener within the bumper to prevent a pedestrian’s legs from sliding under the front of the car.

Overall, the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 received a total score of 35.20 out of 37 to earn its five star rating, with ANCAP giving a perfect 16 out of 16 and 2 out of 2 for the respective occupant protection side impact and pole tests, and a strong 14.2 out of 16 for the frontal offset test.

The Mazda MX-5 range also features front (driver and passenger) and side SRS Airbags, with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Launch Assist (HLA) and Traction Control System (TCS) as standard on all grades.

“From the outset we were confident that the Mazda MX-5 had the inbuilt proactive and passive safety technology to earn the maximum safety rating, which is why we didn’t hesitate to crash test under the strict parameters of ANCAP,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak.

“As highlighted recently, considerable effort went into making the All-New Mazda MX-5 the safest two-seater sportscar, and this is still the case.

“We expected the five star rating would carry over to the All-New Mazda MX-5 RF, but as we’ve done across most of the Mazda range in recent months, we were keen to introduce more safety technology for the benefit of our customers. Including Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert as standard equipment across the entire range makes the Mazda MX-5 an even more compelling consideration for sportscar buyers.”

As the reigning World Car of the Year, and priced from $33,340 plus on road costs, the Mazda MX-5 is available in hard and soft top options, and with two engine and two transmission types.

The highly anticipated hardtop version of the Mazda MX-5, the RF (Retractable Fastback), is on sale now and promises a more exhilarating, open air driving experience.

Available in two grades - including the RF and RF GT - and designed to complement the Mazda MX-5 range, the All-New Mazda MX-5 RF introduces a sleek fastback design with a smooth line joining the roof to the rear of the car.

Popular with sportscar buyers on the previous generation MX-5, the fully automated hardtop, which is made up of four parts including the front, middle and rear roof, as well as a back window glass panel, fully retracts into the boot of the MX-5 with minimal impact to storage space.

Push button operated, the roof can be opened and closed at driving speeds of up to 10km/h and takes 13 seconds from start to finish.

Mazda also took the opportunity with the RF launch to add further standard safety equipment, including Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Not confined to the RF, this equipment is also available across the entire Mazda MX-5 range. The high grade RF GT also gets the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) - LED headlights that swivel up to 15 degrees to reveal more of a road’s corner.

The MX-5 RF grade includes 17 inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, Bluetooth, MZD Connect – which is also now standard on all grades - and Satellite Navigation, while the high grade MX-5 RF GT comes with either a black or tan leather interior trim, power mirrors, climate control air conditioning and heated seats. There is also an additional GT option that features a black-painted roof and stylish nappa leather interior trim.

With prices starting from $38,550 plus on roads, the All-New Mazda MX-5 RF is powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L petrol engine that boasts 118kW of power and 200Nm of torque, and offers a choice of either a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or 6-speed auto transmission.

Offered in six contemporary colours including the MX-5 debut of Machine Grey Metallic, fuel economy numbers for MX-5 RF start from 7.0L per 100 kilometres for manual and 7.4L per hundred for auto variants.

For more detailed information please refer to the press kit.

All-New Mazda MX-5 RF MLP

Grade Transmission Interior MLP
Mazda MX-5 RF 6MT Cloth $ 38,550
  6AT Cloth $ 40,550
Mazda MX-5 RF GT 6MT Black or Tan Leather $ 43,890
  6AT Black or Tan Leather $ 45,890
Mazda MX-5 RF GT
with Black Roof
6MT Nappa leather $ 44,890
  6AT Nappa leather $ 46,890

*Manufacturer’s List Price

Note: There is a $300 premium for Soul Red Metallic and Machine Grey Metallic paint options.

The All-New Mazda MX-5 RF lands in Australia on 1 February 2017. Boasting exotic looks and the roadster’s hallmark engaging driving experience, the two-model Mazda MX-5 RF line up - RF and RF GT - starts from $38,550*.

Specification levels are impressive. As well as the Retractable Fastback roof, the Mazda MX-5 RF also gains a 4.6-inch full-colour TFT display, LED headlights (with Adaptive Front Lighting) as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear-lever. Beautiful in its design, the retractable hard top can be opened and closed at speeds up to 10km/h, with a simple touch of a button.

RF GT models receive additional luxuries such as a nine-speaker BOSE audio system with integrated headrest speakers, as well as LED tail-lights and heated seats. The RF range tops out with a GT model alternative that has a black painted roof and premium Nappa leather interior trim. A new exterior paint colour is also now available - Machine Grey Metallic which substitutes for the MX-5 soft top’s Meteor Grey Mica.

The Mazda MX-5 RF is exclusively powered by the 118kW/200Nm SKYACTIV 2.0-litre engine driving the rear wheels via the SKYACTIV six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Customers can now place orders for the All-New Mazda MX-5 RF with their local Mazda dealer.

All-New Mazda MX-5 RF MLP

Grade Transmission Interior MLP
Mazda MX-5 RF 6MT Cloth $ 38,550
  6AT Cloth $ 40,550
Mazda MX-5 RF GT 6MT Black or Tan Leather $ 43,890
  6AT Black or Tan Leather $ 45,890
Mazda MX-5 RF GT
with Black Roof
6MT Nappa leather $ 44,890
  6AT Nappa leather $ 46,890

*Manufacturer’s List Price
**There is a $250 premium for Soul Red Metallic and Machine Grey Metallic paint options.

The Mazda 2017 MX-5 RF recently debuted with much attention on the rooftop of the car. The rooftop electronically folds away with a push of a button with the car driving up to a maximum speed of almost 10 km/h.

The design goal for the MX-5 RF was to create the ideal form for a hardtop version of the MX-5. In other words, it was to achieve an entirely new roof design that combines a beautiful cabin with the silhouette of a hardtop and the same level of open-air comfort and freedom afforded by the soft-top version. To this end, Mazda set about creating an uncompromising design based on the following four ideals.

  •  A beautiful silhouette: In contrast to the open-air styling of the soft-top model the MX-5 RF will often be appreciated for its hardtop styling with the roof closed. This demands that the cabin presents a beautiful silhouette when the roof is closed. The rear roof features side sections that slope down gently toward the rear, while also tucking in at the sides to create a perfect teardrop shape for the cabin. The flowing roof line along the A-pillars, roof sides and rear roof, which are painted in the body color, combine with the straight body line that runs from the low hood through to the rear deck, realizing an elegant, beautiful fastback silhouette that accentuates its styling.

While the overhead roof panels and back window glass are stowed out of sight, the rear roof stays in position when the top is down. This differs from any other hardtop model on the market to create a truly unique new design expression.

  • Compact packaging: With the exception of a 5mm increase in the height of the roof, MX-5 RF maintains the same overall length, width and wheelbase as the soft-top model. This compact packaging properly expresses the stability and dynamism of the MX-5’s road-gripping stance.
  • A new open-air experience: MX-5 RF features unique styling when the roof is open by which the overhead roof panels and back window glass are stowed away out of sight. The result is a pleasing sense of freedom combined with a reassuring feeling of being wrapped securely in the cabin. This combines with the enjoyable exhaust note coming from the rear of the car to amplify the fun of open-air driving.
  • Independent trunk: MX-5 RF does not sacrifice practicality for the sake of offering a retractable roof. In addition to the efforts of the designers and packaging engineers to realize a beautiful silhouette while adopting the hardtop, the independent trunk also secures the exact same luggage capacity as on the soft-top model.

Body colors

  • Machine Gray: This is a newly developed body color first introduced on the CX-9 midsize, three-row crossover SUV. Machine Gray was developed to express the beauty of a machine’s strength and precision. With strong contrast between light and shadow and a sleek, high-density finish, it gives the impression that the vehicle’s body has been sculpted from a solid steel ingot.
  • Roof color*: The sides of the roof and rear roof are color matched to the body color. The top of the roof is available in either piano black or the body color.

*Availability varies depending on the market and vehicle specifications.

Interior design

Major interior design features include body panels that wrap around and extend right into the door trim, as well as a cockpit zone centered on the driver and around which all major controls are laid out in perfect symmetry. Special attention to every detail focused on transcending its existence as a mere automobile to become a sports car that owners will truly love. As with the soft-top model, the aim was to create a cockpit design that brings a smile to the face and gets the heart pounding simply by looking at it or sitting in the driver’s seat. Benefitting from its hardtop, MX-5 RF significantly improves ride quietness and heightens the feeling of high quality.

Detail design

The basic design features are essentially the same as on the soft-top model. This includes the elaborate three-meter cluster and sharp-looking, compact steering wheel, as well as the horizontal layout of the instrument panel and strong sense of front-rear movement conveyed by the door trim. The two points that differ on the MX-5 RF are as follows.

  • Meters: The information display to the left of the three-meter cluster adopts a dedicated 4.6-inch color TFT LCD screen that displays an animation of the roof when it is opening or closing.
  • Hardtop open/close button: A button for opening and closing the roof is positioned on the panel below the dials for the air-conditioning system.

Seat design and interior colors

The higher level of quality and soft touch of Auburn-colored Nappa leather seats enhances the interior’s relaxing and sophisticated ambience. Gray stitching is used on the seats and center sections of the door trim.

*Availability varies depending on the market and vehicle specifications.

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Major specifications

Body type

Two-door open-top

Seating capacity

Two passengers

Overall length* x width x height

154.1 inch x 68.3 inch x 49.0 inch
(3,915mm x 1,735mm x 1,245mm)

Wheelbase

90.9 inch (2,310mm)

Engine

SKYACTIV-G 2.0 direct-injection petrol engine

Transmission

Six-speed automatic transmission

Maximum output

155HP/6,000rpm

Maximum torque

148ft-lb/4,600rpm

Front suspension

Double wishbone

Rear suspension

Multi-link

Steering

Rack-and-pinion type Electric Power Assist Steering

Brakes (front/rear)

Ventilated discs / Solid discs

Tires

P205/45 R17

*Without license plate holder