Updates across the board for Japanese sports car

The updated 2018 Mazda MX-5 range has been detailed this week, headlined by new equipment, suspension updates and increased colour options.

Price of entry has been increased by $100 to $33,440 plus on-road costs for the entry-level 1.5-litre Roadster manual, while GT models are $1320 dearer than before. The increases have been offset by updates such as improved NVH and suspension revisions, along with extra safety kit in GT variants.

Headlining changes across the range include revised rear suspension for a "smoother and more comfortable ride", while the soft-top's rear upper link bushings have been lowered and the rear bump stops lengthened – changes taken from the RF.

Mazda says it has undergone "NVH improvements" to reduce unwanted cabin noise, while "accentuating the pleasing quality of the MX-5's engine sound".

To achieve this, there's more sound insulation around the centre tunnel, improved materials around the dash, smaller holes and gaps around the tunnel reinforcements, and the rear wheel housings gained vibration-damping and noise-absorbing materials too.

In addition to the suspension and NVH upgrades, Mazda has added lane-departure warning and adaptive LED headlights to top-spec GT variants.

The lane-departure warning system uses a windscreen-mounted camera to sense lane markings, and provides an audible alert when a driver is about to stray from the current lane.

New colour options are also available depending on variant, too. The entire range is now offered with the company's new Soul Red Crystal metallic (cost option), while soft-top models now get the option of Machine Grey metallic – previously exclusive to the RF.

Buyers of the 1.5 GT soft-top also now get the option of a 'bright aluminium' finish for the 16-inch alloy wheels.

The updated Mazda MX-5 range is now on sale. Click the photos tab for more images

2018 Mazda MX-5 pricing

Roadster (soft-top)

  • Roadster 1.5 - $33,440/$35,440 (6MT/6AT) +$100
  • Roadster GT 1.5 - $39,660/$41,660 (6MT/6AT) +$1320
  • Roadster 2.0 - $34,950/$36,950 (6MT/6AT) +$100
  • Roadster GT 2.0 - $41,210/$43,210 (6MT/6AT) +$1320

RF

  • RF 2.0 - $38,650/$40,650 (6MT/6AT) +$100
  • RF GT 2.0 - $45,210/$47,210 (6MT/6AT) +$1320
  • RF GT Black Roof 2.0 - $46,210/$48,210 +$1320
  • RF Limited Edition 2.0 - $52,210 (6MT)