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.