Limited to just 150 examples, the new Mazda MX-5 R-Sport Special Edition is now available in the UK.
This special edition MX-5 is based on the 2020 1.5-litre 132ps Skyactiv-G Sport trim Mazda MX-5 Sport and comes equipped with unique 16-inch RAYS wheels and a grey fabric hood to compliment the rather exclusive Grey paint which is included in the price. The car also comes with gorgeous bespoke burgundy Nappa leather seats and silver stitching.
The Polymetal Grey body colour is a new edition to the 2020 Mazda MX-5 line up and, on the R-Sport it is offset with piano black wing mirrors. This new model is just the latest example of Mazda’s longstanding tradition of offering personalised limited volume MX-5s.
The R-Sport gets lots of standard equipment and gadgets, including navigation, Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM, cruise control, heated seats and climate control.
Commenting on the Mazda MX-5 R-Sport, Mazda Motors UK Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson said: “I’m delighted that we can offer an exclusive MX-5 Convertible model to our customers. With it joining the rest of the Convertible and RF models in the line-up, we now have a great choice of MX-5s in our updated 2020 Mazda MX-5 range, which means that anyone wanting to drive a distinctive and stylish roadster can find what they need.”
The updated 2020 Mazda MX-5 range features an extensive 10-model line-up, including four Convertibles and six RFs. The 132ps 1.5-litre Convertible comes with SE-L and Sport trim, while the 184ps 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine is matched to Sport Tech and the new top of the range GT Sport Tech trim. As with the Convertible, SE-L and Sport trim RF’s are powered by the same 1.5-litre engine, while the Sport Tech and GT Sport Tech are fitted with a more powerful 2.0-litre engine. You can also choose to have an automatic gearbox on the 2.0-litre RFs on both trim levels.
New this year, the GT Sport Tech flagship model is distinguished by its 17-inch BBS alloy wheels and Burgundy Nappa leather seats, while across the whole range the MX-5 is available with Polymetal Grey Metallic paint for the first time. The new 2020 version of the MX-5 also gets extra standard safety equipment from the Sport models upwards. For example, the new MX-5 features Front Smart City Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning System, Rear Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition and Driver Attention Alert. While Blind Spot Monitoring System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive LED headlights and a reversing camera are standard on Sport Tech and GT Sport Tech models.
The 2020 Mazda MX-5 R-Sport retains the same award-winning chassis and mechanical set up as the 1.5-litre Sport MX-5. And thanks to the car’s light weight, performance hasn’t come at the cost of efficiency, as fully homologated to the WLTP/RDE test cycle and equipped with Mazda’s i-ELOOP and i-stop kinetic recovery and stop-start technology as standard, it emits just 142g/km.
Jeremy Thomson added, “when it comes to driver engagement, the current generation MX-5 has already established itself as a benchmark sports car, and with the 2020 Mazda MX-5, and now the R-Sport special edition, we continue to offer one of the most exciting and satisfying to drive cars money can buy. The MX-5 is Mazda’s brand icon and it embodies all that is great about our products, it’s fun to drive character has strengthened the bond between Mazda and its customers for over 30 years and the 2020 model continues this unswerving dedication to delivering an affordable world-class sports car, while the R-Sport continues our long heritage of offering uniquely styled limited edition versions.”
You can now test drive and order the Mazda MX-5 R-Sport at Mazda dealers, which costs £27,700, and benefit from Mazda’s current ‘an offer for our time’ attractive 0% APR Personal Contract Purchase offers with no minimum deposit required. For more information please visit www.mazda.co.uk
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Mazda UK