Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition now on sale in Australia

February 14, 2018

Mazda Australia introducing a limited edition version of the Mazda MX-5 RF, giving it enhanced performance and special features over and above the regular model.

Based on the flagship MX-5 RF GT, fitted with the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual, the limited edition comes with unique 17-inch alloy wheels by BBS. These dark, mesh-style items give the MX-5 a distinct street racer look.

Some hardware changes to the suspension help to improve handling, with a front strut brace added to increase front end stiffness, while a set of Bilstein gas dampers improve the MX-5’s ride and handling. Some Brembo brakes are also added in to support sporty driving.

Special brake cooling fins are included, as well as four-piston front calipers. Mazda says these upgrades help to enhance braking controllability under high-braking demands, and also increasing fade resistance by up to 26 per cent. Weight is also shaved by almost 2kg.

Cosmetically, the limited edition gets the Kuroi Sports Pack, which adds aero garnishes for the body including front winglets, meanwhile inside the passengers are treated to Recaro sports seats promising a blend of sportiness and luxury. Mazda Australia managing director Vinesh Bhindi said:

“The MX-5 has always been a car built for driving and for those who love driving. This model preserves the classic characteristics that we know and love, while adding enhancements that boost the driving feel. The Limited Edition MX-5 RF offers an even more invigorating and exhilarating driving experience, with enviable collectible status to boot.”

Mazda is planning to launch just 110 examples of the special edition, and each customer gets a gift-boxed Seiko stainless steel MX-5 watch. It goes on sale today with prices starting at $55,790 drive-away.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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