There’s a new limited edition version of the Mazda MX-5 RF and when Mazda say limited edition they really mean it!
Just 110 2018 Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition cars are available in Australia, all are already in the hands of Mazda dealerships nationwide.
So, if you want one, you’d better be quick!
Mazda has taken the standard MX-5 RF and added a set of new-look black alloy wheels, there’s also a subtle body-kit that adds small wings on the front guards.
The current Mazda MX-5 is the best-selling of all the MX-5 generations that we’ve since since the early 1990’s…so we can assume most MX-5 fans are more than happy with the current styling.
As I put in my original MX-5 RF review, I don’t think the folding hard-top version of the roadster loses anything against its soft-top sister.
The Mazda team has added Recaro sports seat into the RF as part of the Limited Edition package.
Other than those seats you will find the standard MX-5 RF cabin and that’s no bad thing…although space is at a premium.
Some of the best bits of the cabin include the really good fit and finish of the plastics and other materials, the MZD Connect infotainment system and the seating position.
Take note, if you’re around the size of an average Australian male you might not feel entirely comfortable in the MX-5.
I always struggle with not being able to bring my left leg between the steering wheel and the console and I always feel like the top of my head is sticking out the roof!
Also, because it sits so low to the ground you might have trouble getting in and out…it can be hard to rise out of the Mazda gracefully!
Oh, and we (i.e. more hefty/normal size people) might struggle with the side-bolstering on the Recaro seats…they are very sports-orientated and that means hefty seat-base side bolsters that don’t quite fit the “average” hips/derriere.
There are no additional comfort or tech features in the Limited Edition car above the standard RF, however a purchase here will again see you drive off with…
Electric folding roof
Drive and Engine
The Limited Edition car comes exclusively with Mazda’s 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine and the transmission is six-speed manual only.
Producing 118kW/200Nm, those outputs might seem minimal but as compared to Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ it just seems to have that little bit of extra go.
Particularly here with the manual transmission you shouldn’t feel too let down by the naturally-aspirated engine.
The RF Limited Edition does boast a couple of other features that make it just that bit sportier – Brembo front brakes and Bilstein suspension.
The brakes, with only the front getting the Brembo treatment, feel that little more enthusiastic and t