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2018 Mazda MX-5 gains minor upgrade, price bump

By David Bonnici, 04 Apr 2018 Car News

2018 Mazda MX-5 gains minor upgrade, price bump

The soft update adds more refinement to the 2016 Wheels Car of the Year winner – without messing with its successful formula

The Mazda MX-5 has been updated for 2018 with a series of tweaks to improve ride, noise levels and safety for selected variants, resulting in a price bump across the range.

Most the changes are under the skin, and include retuning the rear suspension of the Roadster variants, based on knowledge gleaned from the MX-5 RF hardtop’s development program.

This comprised lowering the rear suspension's upper link bushes, and lengthening the rear bump-stops so that they’ll be reached earlier.

The soft-top will also be a little quieter to drive via a series of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) improvements. Mazda’s boffins applied extra sound insulation across the centre transmission tunnel, while noise-absorbing material was added to the soft-top top. Meanwhile holes and gaps around the tunnel reinforcements were reduced, and vibration-damping and noise-absorbing materials were added to the rear wheel housings.

While the interior becomes quieter, Mazda has accentuated the engine’s throaty sound.

Safety enhancements are confined to the pricier GT variants, and include lane-departure warning and adaptive LED headlights. For some reason a reversing camera, which would be pretty handy with the roof up, continues to avoid the standard features list. 

The update doesn’t include any aesthetic design changes, however there are extra paint options including the candy-apple-like Soul Red Crystal Metallic, which has proven very popular on Mazda’s SUV models. The Roadster models also gain Machine Grey Metallic, while the 1.5-litre Roadster GT’s 16-inch alloys can come with bright aluminium finish.

The enhancements see the entry-level pricing go up by just $100, while the GT models, which benefit from the extra safety tech, jump by around $1350.  

The updated Mazda MX-5 is on sale now.

2018 Mazda MX-5 pricing

  • MX-5 1.5L Roadster, manual - $33,440
  • MX-5 1.5L Roadster, auto - $35,440
  • MX-5 1.5L Roadster GT, manual - $39,660
  • MX-5 1.5L Roadster GT auto - $41,660
  • MX-5 2.0L Roadster, manual - $34,950
  • MX-5 2.0L Roadster, auto - $36,950
  • MX-5 2.0L Roadster GT, manual - $41,210
  • MX-5 2.0L Roadster GT, auto - $43,210
  • MX-5 2.0L RF, manual - $38,650
  • MX-5 2.0L RF, auto - $40,650
  • MX-5 2.0L RF GT, manual - $45,210
  • MX-5 2.0L RF GT, auto - $47,210
  • MX-5 2.0L RF GT Black Roof, manual - $46,210
  • MX-5 2.0L RF GT Black Roof, auto - $48,210
  • MX-5 2.0L RF Limited Edition, manual - $52,210