Mazda Australia reveals MX-5 update

Mazda Australia has released photos of its updated MX-5.

The update is headed by a new, enthusiast-focused variant, Mazda MX-5 GT RS. Available in Roadster and RF forms, the new MX-5 GT RS is an Australian market model that further sharpens the MX-5’s handling response.

“The Mazda MX-5 is the embodiment of Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom philosophy,” said Mazda Australia’s Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi.

“Australia has a proud history of localised MX-5 variants, including the turbocharged NB-series MX-5 SP which produced astounding performance.

“These new MX-5 GT RS variants offer more focused dynamics with upgraded suspension and braking systems that provide greater feedback, control and performance.

“They are a perfect addition to our updated MX-5 range, which now offers advanced connectivity and fresh exterior and interior finishes,” he said.

Designed to appeal to driving enthusiasts, the Australian-market MX-5 GT RS Roadster and RF models are sharply focused on dynamics.

Available exclusively with the 135kW SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine and SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, MX-5 GT RS models are a natural fit for club motorsport use or a spirited Sunday drive, while retaining everyday functionality and comfort.

On the front axle, Mazda engineers have installed a Brembo brake package. This incorporates an opposed four-piston aluminium caliper arrangement on each corner, clamping a 280mm x 22mm ventilated disc. The internal disc cooling fins have been designed in a ‘pillar’ arrangement to further assist brake cooling.

A high-performance brake pad specification offers stronger pedal feedback while improving fade resistance by 26 per cent. According to Mazda, all-up, the Brembo front brake package reduces unsprung mass by 2kg, improving every aspect of the MX-5 GT RS’s handling dynamics.

For increased road presence and further weight reduction, MX-5 GT RS models also feature a specific 17-inch forged alloy wheel design by renowned high-end wheel manufacturer, BBS. These are fitted with Bridgestone Potenza S001 tyres, measuring 205/45/R17.

Augmenting these upgrades are sophisticated Bilstein gas-pressurised dampers that are designed to deliver track-ready grip and feedback, while still smoothing off the sharpest road edges in day-to-day driving.

Lifting the bonnet also reveals a solid alloy strut tower brace, linking the front suspension struts for improved rigidity and steering response.

Both MX-5 GT RS Roadster and RF models also gain black mirror caps for further aesthetic appeal.

All MX-5 GT RS variants also benefit from the overall range updates.

Enhanced technology and personalisation updates have also been made available as part of the refreshed MX-5 range.

Wireless Apple CarPlay has been added as standard equipment to all models, connecting seamlessly to the 7.0-inch touchscreen MZD Connect Display. This supports the existing wired access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems.

A new Deep Crystal Blue paint finish joins Snowflake White Pearl, Jet Black, Machine Grey Metallic, Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Polymetal Grey Metallic on the external colour palette.

On the inside, Pure White nappa leather upholstery is now available on the luxurious, range topping Mazda MX-5 RF GT Black Roof model.

The 1.5-litre MX-5 Roadster and 2.0-litre powered RF also gain black-finished external mirror caps.

Mazda MX-5: model line-up and pricing

MX-5 Roadster 1.5-litre manual $36,090

MX-5 Roadster 1.5-litre automatic $38,090

MX-5 Roadster GT 2.0-litre manual $44,020

MX-5 Roadster GT 2.0-litre automatic $46,020

MX-5 Roadster GT RS 2.0-litre manual $47,020

MX-5 RF 2.0-litre manual $41,400

MX-5 RF 2.0-litre automatic $43,400

MX-5 RF GT 2.0-litre manual $48,100

MX-5 RF GT 2.0-litre automatic $50,100

MX-5 RF GT RS 2.0-litre manual $51,100

MX-5 RF GT Black Roof 2.0-litre manual $49,120

MX-5 RF GT Black Roof 2.0-litre automatic $51,120

Premium metallic paint is a $495 option across the range.

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