A comprehensive facelift for the MX-5 was debuted at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The car took on the sharper front-end look that was prevailing across Mazda’s model range at the time and benefited from a series of mechanical improvements.
The engine redline was upped by 500rpm in the 2.0-litre manual model while suspension and gearbox were also tweaked. An automatic was also offered for the first time in Europe.
The Mazda MX-5 is a modern motoring icon, a two-seater, open-topped sports car with an overriding focus on fun.
Through three generations and 25 years, the MX-5 has wormed its way into the hearts of millions, whether as an inexpensive route to rear-wheel-drive handling purity or as a simple, pretty roadster in the classic vein.
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