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The first-generation MX-5 single-handedly revived the joy of open-top motoring as the car harked back to the small British roadsters of the 1960s. These days, and the MX-5 is still going strong, albeit in an all-new platform with an even more powerful engine.

Launched in 2006, the look of the third-generation MX-5 is refreshed to keep it up-to-date with Mazda's current design theme.

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"The New Mazda MX-5 Retractable Hard Top (RHT) is the epitome of Mazda's stylish, innovative brand essence and the realization of Zoom-Zoom spirit Mazda is known for," Mazda Philippines brand manager Prudz Castillo said.

Up front, a larger five-point grille and a bigger Mazda badge give the MX-5 a more aggressive look, true to its sporting nature. To emphasize this further, Mazda gave the MX-5 sharper-looking headlamps with just as edgy fog lamps and side markers.

Take a peek at the MX-5's rear end and it will be hard to miss the new combination lamps with new U-shaped reflectors, red surrounding lens and red brake lamp lens that give the MX-5 a wider, sportier look.

Wrapping up the MX-5's new look are the clear, high-mount stop lamp lens, the wider front tire deflectors, and the new 17-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels.

The same 2.0L MZR engine powers a six-speed manual transmission MX-5, offering 166hp and 190Nm of torque on tap.

Drawing inspiration from the classic roadsters, the Mazda MX-5 also sports a meter cluster that incorporates five meters with individual lenses. To stay true to the times, the MX-5 also comes with an auxiliary jack to hook up your digital audio player to the car's premium Bose sound system equipped with seven speakers and 6-channel digital amplifiers.

For those who get a kick out of an engine's sportier sound, the Mazda MX-5 has developed the Induction Sound Enhancer (ISE). According to Mazda, the ISE "amplifies the pulses that occur when an accelerator input opens the throttle valve to increase air low into the engine, thereby delivering a more exciting sound to the cockpit." With the resulting intake sound created by the ISE, "the driver enjoys a crisp, thrilling engine sound even when using the accelerator pedal gently to adjust the revs for a downshift."

The refreshed Mazda MX-5 is available at P2.199 million in four different colors: Sunflower Yellow, True Red, Brilliant Black and Aluminum Metallic.

 

Image from Mazda Philippines<br />
Patrick Everett Tadeo
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