Mazda has upgraded the MX-5 with new track-focused technology that makes it
more exhilarating to drive.

A new Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) mode, DSC-TRACK, has been optimised for
race circuit driving.

There’s also a newly developed Asymmetric Limited Slip Differential (Asymmetric

Both are fitted exclusively to models with a manual transmission.

DSC-TRACK is reserved for the flagship GT RS grade and gives maximum control to
the driver.

It intervenes only when the car is liable to spin out of control.

Asymmetric Limited Slip Differential (Asymmetric LSD) stabilises vehicle turn-in
behaviour by varying the limiting slip on the differential gear in response to vehicle
acceleration and deceleration as rear wheel vertical load changes.

A cam mechanism has been added to the conical clutch LSD which is lightweight,
compact and highly durable.

The cam angle is set differently for the deceleration side and acceleration side,
thereby achieving optimal limiting force of slip during both processes.

Strengthening the slip limiting force during deceleration, enhances stability when
decelerating into a turn, which is where reduced rear wheel ground load causes
vehicle instability.

Moreover, tuning the slip limiting force and preload optimised for the MX-5’s engine,
suspension, and tyre characteristics realises smoother and more linear turning

Turning stability has been further improved to make the movement even lighter
around town as well as over winding roads and race circuits.

Other subtle yet highly effective enhancements now span the accelerator pedal,
steering and engine sound too for an even deeper connection to the car’s controls
and touch points.

Throttle response has been improved for manual models, making distance control
with the car in front now much easier to modulate thanks to a more natural feeling —
and no sense of delay.

The improvement is particularly noticeable in daily driving when backing off.

On the circuit and during other high-speed driving scenarios, this quicker response
translates to more dynamic control and when the accelerator has been disengaged
prior to deceleration.

All variants benefit from an electric steering system that has been modified for more
nimble and precise operability.

Steering rack friction is reduced, yet a more natural and fluid response achieved with
refined electric power steering control logic.

The aim was to produce a sense of oneness so that, from the time the driver starts to
turn the wheel until it returns to position, they feel more connected with the road

Power comes from the same 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine, offering 135kW of
power and 205Nm of torque.

For 2024, the sound is now drawn directly into the interior from the engine, without
raising the acoustic pressure any more than necessary.

Enhancements for 2024 also extend to the interior, which gains a redesigned 8.8-
inch centre display arrangement for better visibility and a more advanced Mazda
Connect system.

MX-5 becomes the first Mazda in the Australian range to support Connected
Services functionality, which can connect the vehicle to emergency services in case
of an accident.

A new tan Nappa leather interior can be specified for the RF GT in combination with
a black convertible roof, creating a classic and refined appearance.

Double stitched, the fine quality leather covers the centre console as well as the

Newly designed 17-inch alloys convey an expression of lightweight and functionality.

The seven-strong colour palette consisting of Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Zircon
Sand Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Machine Grey
Metallic and Jet Black Mica gains a new hue – Aero Grey Metallic.

The 2024 Mazda MX-5 Roadster and RF will go on sale locally in the first quarter of

Prices start from $41,370 for the manual roadster. The manual RF model is priced
from $46,100 — both prices before on-road costs.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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