2009 Mazda Roadster a.k.a. MX-5 Facelift launched in Japan

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

It was announced by Mazda Motor Corporation just recently that the inauguration of the refurbished Mazda Roadster, also known as the MX-5 abroad, into the markets of Japan. Mazda's uprated legendary lightweight, top-down sports vehicle is set to go on sale today, December 9, 2008, at all dealers of both Mazda and Mazda Anfini all over Japan.

MSRP, which includes consumption tax, begin from 2,330,000 ($25,300 or €19,600) to 2,600,000 yen ($28,260 or €21,880) for the soft roof versions, and from 2,680,000 ($29,130 or €22,560) to 2,950,000 yen ($32,000 or €24,840) for the Power Retractable Hard Top (RHT) variants that highlights Mazda's innovative electric roof scheme.

The most current variant of Mazda's two-seater sports vehicle brings further the Roadster's traditional "Jinba Ittai," which means "rider and horse as one," notion, and highlights detailed enhancements in the external and internal design, excellence, functionality and active performance. As a consequence, the Roadster is now more pleasurable to drive and more enviable than ever.

The RHT versions, which offer both the pleasure of top-down driving and the ease and convenience of a coupe, are now even more silent and highlight new, unique outside components, giving buyers even greater levels of comfort and excellence. The front fascia design has been uprated with Mazda's trademark five-point grill. A tougher personality line that extends all throughout the lower edge of the vehicle's sides has been visually stretched to the back bumper, further improving the Roadster's athletic vitality.

Freshly developed alloy rims in two sizes currently come as typical on all model variants. Three fresh external body surface color schemes have been added, together with the vivid Sunflower Yellow and high grade Aluminum Metallic. On the interior, the instrument panel sports five gauges which have been freshly designed and are accented by a dark silver ornamental panel.

The quality of the interior is improved by a selection of pleasant to the touch brown leather seats or Recaro bucket seats covered in a mixture of leather and Alcantara. Comfort levels are also enhanced via the putting in of heated seats with a temperature control of five different settings, available exclusively for grades with leather seats.

The RPM limit on grades with a manual transmission has been boosted to 7,500 for enhanced driving experience. The front roll center height has been maximized, and the retuned suspension makes the vehicle's handling even more natural. In addition, automatic grades now provide Direct Mode and Active Adaptive Shift (AAS) features for an even more athletic ride.

Enhancements have also been made to the powertrain and body to improve noise lowering levels and offer a more satisfying engine audio presentation. The Mazda Roadster was verified by Guinness World Records as the highest production two-seat top-down sports vehicle in the world when car production exceeded 500,000 vehicles in 2000. This figure was lately updated by Guinness, and the number now stands in excess of 800,000 vehicles produced.

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