A typical light model-year update introduces new names and some uprated brakes on the new flagship model
Mazda has once again fiddled with the MX-5 range for a new model year, adjusting specifications and renaming existing trims. Basic specifications remain the same, including the option of two petrol engine options and two transmissions, with prices ranging from $29,200 for the entry-level roadster and rising to $40,000 for the top-spec RF Homura fitted with the optional automatic transmission.
There are three trims now available: an entry Prime-line, mid-level Exclusive-line and top-spec Homura, all of which are available in both Roadster and the folding-hardtop RF. The 130bhp 1.5-litre Skyactive powertrain is only available in the lower two trims, and comes with 16-inch wheels signifying its lower power figure in both. Prime-line cars include the basics, including a colour infotainment screen and LED headlights, with the Exclusive-line bringing specification upgrades including heated leather seats, uprated BOSE stereo and a range of extra active safety equipment.
The 181bhp 2-litre model starts with the Exclusive-line level, but adds larger 17-inch wheels, a limited-slip differential (manuals only), uprated LED headlights and a reversing camera to the equipment list. Topping the range is the new Homura trim, which swaps out the black leather for the light stone Nappa upholstery, and throws in forged BBS alloy wheels and heated side mirrors.
A new element for the 2023 Homura are Brembo brake calipers on the front axle (again, manual only) borrowed from the previous 30th anniversary model, only this time painted in red, rather than orange.
The automatic transmission option is only available on the RF, making all Roadsters six-speed manual only. The MX-5’s optional sports exhaust kit and lowering springs also remain on the options list, and in our experience are well worth the extra money.
Those hoping for a more substantial change to the MX-5 range might be disappointed, but Mazda insists that the iconic roadster remains a key element of the range both here and abroad, even as the brand looks upwards into the premium marketplace. So despite the threats facing the small sports car, Mazda remains committed to the cause, which could yet throw up a one or two surprises in the next few years.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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