Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the launch of its freshened Mazda Roadster into the Japanese market.
The latest version of Mazda’s two-seat sports car carries forward the Roadster’s traditional Jinba Ittai (“rider and horse as one”) concept, and features detailed improvements in the exterior and interior in areas of design, quality, functionality and dynamic performance.
External updates include a new front fascia design, featuring Mazda’s hallmark five-point grille. A stronger character line that stretches along the lower edge of the vehicle’s sides has been visually extended to the rear bumper, further enhancing the Roadster’s sporty dynamism.
On the inside, the five gauges on the instrument panel have been newly designed and are highlighted by a dark silver decorative panel. A choice of tactile brown leather seats or Recaro bucket seats upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara are available.
The 2.0l twin cam block gets a newly forged crankshaft for extra strength, as well as new full floating piston pins and revised valve springs.
Meanwhile, the rev limit on the manual versions – which are available in both five and six-speed form – has been increased to 7,500rpm for improved driving performance, and the height of the front roll center has been lowered by 26mm.
Additionally, the automatic variants now offer Direct Mode and Active Adaptive Shift (AAS) functions for an even sportier ride. Improvements have also been made to the engine and body to enhance noise reduction levels and provide a more satisfying engine sound.
Newly designed alloy wheels (two sizes, 16- and 17-inch) now come as standard on all model grades. Three new exterior body colours have been added, including Aluminum Metallic and a very vivid Sunflower Yellow.