This is the most interesting miata development since the NA first came out. I can't stand red and I'm really digging this car. Functioning repositioning cup holders=nice. Based on the look of the brakes this car must really have gone on a diet=nice. Front end just looks good as does the rear. If under the hood is as well thought out and executed as the exterior and interior I'll be in line ordering my 10th miata.
Exterior: looks good, but not sure an improvement. Love my 2010. Interior: It appears that placed a removable I-pod above the dash, interfering with line of sight. If you can not build the devise into the car, why place it where it appears an obstruction. The MX5 is a driver's car. We want to see where we are, not the radio station, or where we might go (if a road trip is available). I'll keep my 2010. Listen to 6 CDs and travel the road less traveled. Just my preference. Appreciate the opportunity to choose. All can enjoy what they love.
Let me back up a bit. The Reveal on line was a huge disappointment. I kept waiting to see the front of the car, and then the passé band was introduced and they looked disinterested playing their old James Bond song. I could go on but, but as a proud owner of an nc, I was embarrassed for Mazda. Over the next few days when I was able to see more photos of the nd, did i begin to appreciate the beautiful exterior design. The interior has one flaw, in my humble opinion, that ugly screen in the middle of the dash. I hated it in the Mazda 3, and it's going to look worse in a smaller interior.