Mazda MX-5

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02 June 2018

MAZDA introduces an eye-catching addition to its MX-5 sports range this weekend, just in time for summer.

It is a special edition of the hard-top MX-5 RF, which follows the recent arrival of the Z-Sport special edition version of the rag top.

Currently celebrating combined sales of 50 million Japanese-made Mazdas plus a bombardment of awards for the best-selling MX-5 sports car range, the newcomers are aiming to capitalise upon this continuing success.

The new Z-Sport special edition has a cherry red fabric hood, 17-inch black BBS wheels, and machine grey metallic paint.

Inside, the distinction continues with sand leather seats, plus Z-Sport floor mats and scuff plates. Each car comes with an individually numbered Z-Sport plaque on the dash.

Exclusive to the UK and limited to just 300 cars, they are based on the 160bhp two-litre Sport Nav model.

Costing £25,595, the Z-Sport has a limited slip differential, Bilstein dampers and a strut brace to for enhanced stiffness.

The last Z-Sport of a decade ago boasted a cabin with brushed aluminium dash inserts, alloy pedals and coordinated stitching on the steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake. With a strictly limited run of just 400, the 2007 Z-Sport became an instant collector’s item and a sound long-term investment.

Now, in addition to the latest Z -Sport, there is yet another limited-edition model added to the MX-5 line-up. Marked out by its blue mica paint with contrasting black rear spoiler and door mirrors, the £25,695 RF Sport Black is on sale from today.

Aiming to be as distinctive as possible, it has a black rear spoiler, piano black door mirrors and gunmetal alloy wheels, while inside there are special floor mats, scuff plates and badging.

Based on the 160bhp two-litre SE-L Nav, the Sport Black is upgraded to include leather seats, rain-sensing front wipers, rear parking sensors and automatic headlights.

It also benefits from a limited slip differential to enhance the driving dynamics.

Unlike the soft top MX-5 roadster, the RF has a retractable hardtop that consists of front, middle and rear roof sections plus a rear screen. When the top is lowered the front and middle portions are stowed together, while the rear glass sits behind the seats, leaving the rear roof section in place to create an open-topped appearance.

Prices for the MX-5 start at £18,795 for the 130mph 1.5iSE convertible model.