Mazda’s iconic MX-5 will benefit from a host of upgrades for 2024, ranging from enhanced connectivity to significant tweaks to new track-focused technology. Chief among the changes are the introduction of a track-focused dynamic stability control (DSC-TRACK).
It joins a new asymmetric limited slip differential (ALSD), with both exclusively fitted to manual transmission models. The former is reserved for the flagship GT RS grade and affords maximum deference to the driver when operating the vehicle.
The ALSD stabilises vehicle turn-in behaviour by varying the limiting force of slip on the differential gear in response to vehicle acceleration and deceleration as the rear wheel vertical load changes.
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 performance.
Response of the accelerator pedal 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.
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.
Power comes from the same advanced Skyactiv-G 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine, a rev-hungry powerplant offering 135kW and 205Nm, and for 2024, the sound is now drawn directly into the interior from the engine, resulting in a more stirring audible experience.
Enhancements for next year extend to the interior, which gains a redesigned 8.8-inch centre display arrangement for better visibility and a more advanced Mazda Connect system.
The MX-5 also becomes the first Mazda in the Australian range to support Connected Services. A new tan Nappa leather interior can be specified on 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 seats. The Mazda MX-5 is also equipped with newly designed 17-inch alloys that convey an expression of its 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 Q1 2024. Mazda Connected Services will be available in the first half of next year.
Pricing starts from $41,370 plus on-roads for the 6-speed manual MX-5 Roadster and rises to $55,990 plus on-roads for the RF GT RS. For further information, contact your local Mazda dealer.