Mazda MX-5 updated with tweaked suspension and new lightweight trim

The Mazda MX-5 has been mildly revised for 2022 with a new handling programme and special trim that shaves off a couple of kilograms. Mechanically, the grassroots roadster pretty much remains unchanged to retain its purist appeal.

All Mazda MX-5 models in 2022 will feature the brand’s Kinematic Posture Control (KPC). This system is designed to increase stability during cornering without impacting the purity of the MX-5’s handling and driver engagement.

Working similarly to an electronic differential, The KPC system applies a small amount of brake force to the inner unloaded rear wheel during cornering. The resulting brake force pulls the body down to suppress body roll and provide more reassuring cornering.

New to the range for global markets as well is the Platinum Quartz Metallic paint colour as well as a 990S trim that was introduced to the Japanese market this year. This model comes fitted with a set of 16-inch Rays forged alloy wheels together with a set of Brembo ventilated brake discs with four piston callipers painted in black with blue lettering.

Mazda MX-5 updated with tweaked suspension and new lightweight trim

Masashi Nakayama, program manager and chief designer for the MX-5, said “the key phrase for our development of the fourth-generation MX-5 was ‘Innovate in order to preserve’, and I strongly believe that this model’s ongoing appeal is the result of our unceasing commitment to refining the vehicle over its 30-year history. We intend to keep refining the car, seeking out new ways to make it even more thrilling and satisfying to drive, so it can continue to offer customers unique excitement and cement its position as a cultural icon.”

Commenting on the 2022 Mazda MX-5, Mazda UK Managing Director Jeremy Thomson said, “when it comes to driver engagement, the current generation MX-5 has already established itself as a benchmark sports car, and with the 2022 Mazda MX-5 we continue to offer one of the most exciting and satisfying to drive cars money can buy.”

There is no word on whether this updated model will be introduced into South Africa.

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Nikesh Kooverjee

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