Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the all-new Mazda Roadster (known as Mazda MX-5 outside Japan) will go on sale at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan from Thursday, May 21. The fourth GENERATION Roadster features Mazda’s latest technologies and embodies the essential value of the Mazda brand; “fun-to-drive” driving pleasure.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price ranges from 2,494,800 yen to 3,142,800 yen (including tax). The company expects to sell 500 units per month.
The all-new Roadster is the sixth model in MAZDA’S line-up of new GENERATION vehicles that feature the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY*1 and KODO-Soul of Motion design. In developing this lightweight two-seater rear-wheel drive sports car, Mazda’s goal was to deliver pure Jinba-ittai driving fun, and development engineers went to great lengths to appeal, on deeper level, to the senses and the sensations through which people enjoy cars.
With a newly-developed direct injection SKYACTIV-G 1.5-liter gasoline ENGINE positioned behind the front axle, the all-new Roadster achieves the ideal 50:50 front-rear weight distribution.
The curb weight of the Roadster has been reduced by over 100 kilograms*2 compared to the previous model by increasing the use of aluminum and ultra-high tensile steel from 58 percent to 71 percent and adopting a body structure that is both lighter and more rigid. The fourth generation Roadster weighs between 990 and 1,060 kilograms.