2013 Mazda MX-5 Sport Graphite limited edition now available

Article by Anita Panait, on July 11, 2013

The limited edition Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ Roadster Coupe could now be availed this summer. The two-seater Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ sportscar features an exterior donning captivating paint finishes that are only distinct to this models: Aquatic Blue Mica, Zeal Red Mica or Aluminium Silver Metallic that comes with a contrasting ‘Meteor Grey’ retractable hard top roof.

The ‘Sport Graphite’ model could be availed in two engine options: 1.8-liter powerplant producing 126ps or 2.0-liter engine providing 160ps. Both variants boast of generous equipment levels on the standard model, but with additional items like 17-inch dark gunmetal alloy wheels, black leather heated seats with unique grey stitching, 5.8-inch TomTom navigation system with integrated Bluetooth hands-free kit. The ‘Sport Graphite’ model also boasts of glossy dark grey fashion bars, color-coordinated retractable hard-top roof and door mirrors.

The ‘Sport Graphite’ limited edition also features badges on the exterior and interior. The sportscar's interior features distinct grey stitching that extends to the leather steering wheel and handbrake as well as glossy dark grey steering wheel spokes and dashboard panel. Also featured are an alloy pedal set and MX-5 floor mats with unique grey piping (optional for extra cost). The ‘Sport Graphite’ limited model also boasts of standard specification that include stainless steel scuff plates, body-colored door handles, side, driver and passenger airbags.

It also features CD radio with Auxiliary jack and six speakers, electric windows, electric adjustable mirrors with heating function and climate control air-conditioning.

All MX-5 models are equipped Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS) to provide optimum handling stability. The 2-liter Roadster Coupe model is also equipped with a Limited Slip Differential (LSD), cruise control, auto-dimming rear view mirror and Bilstein suspension.

Each Mazda dealer is privileged to provide the first buyer of the Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ a signed limited copy graphite pencil drawing of the car drawn exclusively for Mazda by hyperrealist artist Paul Cadden. Mazda will build only 500 units of the MX-5 Sport Graphite Edition, each priced at 20,995 GBP.

Mazda’s latest iteration of the MX-5 has been more enjoyable to drive, and that is not just because of its new aggressive front-end design. It is mainly because the face-lifted Mazda MX-5 is now more responsive in terms of acceleration and braking and features enhanced levels of pedestrian safety.

In particular, the manual version of the new MX-5 now boasts of improve acceleration control and more linear response to throttle input -- especially at lower speeds – to the efforts of Mazda's technology specialists who worked hard to fine-tune its acceleration management program.

Moreover, experts at Mazda optimized the vacuum brake booster to enhance the brake return control of the new MX-5. Along with superior front-rear load distribution, this tweak would result to better handling. These changes are more apparent when the MX-5 is braking into or accelerating out of corners. While the Mazda MX-5 has always been a specialist on winding roads, its latest iteration is now more responsive during such maneuvers.

In terms of pedestrian safety, the face-lifted Mazda MX-5 is also taking new strides. It comes with a new active bonnet system that could automatically raise the hood when the MX-5 hits a pedestrian. This enlarges the crumple zone to minimize the impact, thereby preventing or lowering the severity of injuries, especially to the head. Meanwhile, the front bumper features a reinforced lower section that could improve protection for people's legs. With these safety elements, the Mazda MX-5 is already compliant to EU pedestrian safety standards.

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