Mazda has revealed a range-topping MX-5 Sport Recaro limited edition, with a production run of just 600 units.
Priced at £24,295, the MX-5 Sport Recaro sits at the top of the MX-5 range, carrying a £1000 premium over the Sport Nav model on which it is based.
The Sport Recaro MX-5 is so called because of its Recaro seats. It also offers 17in alloys and black aerodynamic bodywork and spoiler - all unique to the special edition. A numbered badge on the interior also signifies the limited-run MX-5. Further interior upgrades include alloy pedals and edition-specific floor mats.
The Mazda MX-5 costs from £18,495, while the Sport Recaro is priced at £24,295.
Mazda's fourth-generation roadster made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer. It is new from the ground up and enters the market with a brand new rear-wheel drive chassis and two new petrol engines, all built using the company’s Skyactiv technology.
Mazda MX-5 program manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto said the new car had to conform to five crucial rules that now characterise the MX-5 – rear drive with a front-mid engine layout, 50/50 weight distribution, minimal “yaw inertia” (how quickly it changes direction), a low kerb weight and affordability.
There are five trim levels for the smaller-engined 1.5-litre model, and five for the 2.0-litre, including the limited-run Sport Recaro edition.
All models get six-speed manual gearboxes, air conditioning, LED headlights and alloy wheels. Stepping up to SE-L gets daytime running lights, climate control, cruise control, DAB radio, Bluetooth and a touch-screen infotainment system. Sport models get automatic lights, heated leather seats, keyless entry and a upgraded sound system. As the names suggest, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav models get satellite navigation for a £500 premium.
The 2.0-litre engine is only available on the SE-L and above. Opting for it adds a limited-slip differential, larger 17in wheels a strut-tower brace. Sport models also get upgraded Bilstein dampers.
Other options include a choice of seven colours, a tan leather option and blindspot monitoring on Sport Nav models.
1.5i SE £18,495
1.5i SE-L £19,245
1.5i SE-L Nav £19,845
1.5i Sport £18,050
1.5i Sport Nav £18,550
2.0i SE-L £20,095
2.0i SE-L Nav £20,695
2.0i Sport £22,695
2.0i Sport Nav £23,295
2.0i Sport Recaro £24,295
Yamamoto, who developed the original MX-5 and has worked on all the generations of the car, said he went back to the first car for inspiration.
This latest version reverses the trend of generational changes of MX-5s by being lighter and smaller than the car it replaces. The base model weighs just a shade over one tonne, at 1050kg.
As well as using SkyActiv design to cut weight from the Mazda's chassis, the bonnet, boot and front wings are now made from aluminium – and a lighter material has also been used in the soft-top hood construction.