Ever restless in their search for perfection, the engineers at Mazda have given their ND series MX-5 roadster’s rear suspension some minor tweaks.

Using information from the development of the Retractable Fastback (RF) version of the MX-5, the soft-top’s rear suspension’s upper link bushings have been lowered and the rear bump stops lengthened. The aim of the latter was to bring the stops into play a little earlier.

It’s also there to give a slightly more comfortable ride, but obviously without in any way interfering with the MX-5’s exceptional road holding and feel.

Arguably the biggest news is that Mazda’s stunning colour, Soul Red Crystal Metallic, is now available on the MX-5.


Realising that – sadly – the MX-5 roadster is more likely to spend time in boring commuting than being fanged on interesting Sunday drives, in-cabin noise reduction has been improved. Sound insulation was installed over areas of the centre tunnel and gaps around the tunnel reinforcements were reduced. Finally vibration-damping materials were added to the rear wheel housings.

While the MX-5 already has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, the GT version gets the added safety features of Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH).

MX-5 Brochure Image

Small changes like this indicate just how serious the guys and gals at Mazda are. Speaking purely selfishly they have also given us the opportunity to borrow a road test car and do some more fanging on nice Sunday roads and, we suppose, some boring commuting as well. Stay tuned.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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