Two driver-focused variants
The 2024 Mazda MX-5 sees the introduction of a new driving mode, technology features and design enhancements.
Due to arrive in showrooms from April, the local Mazda range comprises two driver-focused variants in both Roadster and RF configurations.
The two-litre Roadster GT manual has a recommended retail price of $60,490, which includes GST but excludes on-road costs, while the two-litre RF Limited automatic starts at $61,990.
David Hodge, Mazda NZ’s managing director, says: “The MX-5 epitomises our company’s vision – that we love cars and want customers to create experiences through the joy of driving – and the feeling of Jinba-Ittai, which means the oneness between car and driver.
“The fourth generation continues its original brief – a lightweight, affordable sports car with driving fun as its focus. The MX-5 continues to be as popular as ever. The 2024 updates will see it continue to be enjoyed by Mazda fans all over New Zealand.”
Externally, the new 2024 model features advanced LED headlights that blend seamlessly with daytime running lights to enhance visibility. The rear LEDs have also been subtly redesigned. Blending heritage and modern aesthetics, a new grey metallic exterior colour is available.
The MX-5 RF Limited, pictured, welcomes several further exterior enhancements with gloss-black exterior mirrors along with newly designed 17-inch black metallic alloys.
In the cabin, enhancements include a frameless rear-view mirror, the increased size and functionality of the 8.8-inch touch-screen multimedia display, an updated driver’s instrument panel and two USB-C ports.
New for 2024, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connect wirelessly. They allow for apps installed on a smartphone to be displayed and utilised safely and conveniently on the Mazda Connect centre display.
The new dynamic stability control track mode gives the driver maximum control by applying oversteer control only in the event of a dangerous spin that they are unable to correct.
A new asymmetric limited-slip differential complements the system. This stabilises turn-in behaviour by varying the limiting force of slip on the differential gear in response to vehicle acceleration and deceleration as the rear wheel vertical load changes.
The limited-slip differential is mated to the Skyactiv-G two-litre engine with manual transmission in the Roadster GT. Optimising slip-limiting force and preload specifically for the MX-5’s engine, suspension and tyre characteristics results in smoother and more linear turning performance.
The car also benefits from structural chassis, body modifications and an induction sound enhancer.