What is it?
The latest tweaked MX-5 you can buy in Japan, put together by the wizards at Mazda E&T. This is Mazda’s special ops division in Hiroshima that previously built some delicious MX-5 retro coupes, besides other creative projects.
This Mazdaspeed M’z Tune car is not in any shape or form the long-rumoured MPS version of the MX-5. Hell will freeze over before Hiroshima drops a turbo engine into the new-shape MX-5 (it tried it in limited fashion with the last series and it didn’t take off).
So this Mazdaspeed car is instead a careful and very tasty blend of performance tuning parts – body aero bits, engine, suspension, brakes, seats – based on the latest 2.0-litre, six-speed RS soft-top Roadster (as the MX-5 is badged in Japan).
Unlike other tuned MX-5s around, the M’z Tune comes as a complete, co-ordinated package with factory warranty and you order it via your local friendly Mazda dealer in Japan where prices start at the equivalent of just over £13K. Bargain.
What’s it like?
Brilliant, in a word. It’s hard to know which is better, the instant response and hard-edged power of this Mazda E&T 2.0-litre twin cam or the way the firmed up suspension introduces an extra level of sportiness and muscle to what’s already a great chassis.