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Track-focused Mazda MX-5 Club debuts in New York

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Mazda today unveiled the MX-5 Club at the New York Auto Show, marking the world debut of the Club model in North American-specification.

The Mazda MX-5 Club serves as the track oriented version of the MX-5 range. Building on the standard MX-5, which is already lighter, smaller and more nimble than its predecessor, the Club edition heightens performance with a number of upgrades for the manual version.

The MX-5’s handling is enhanced with Bilstein shock absorbers, shock tower brace and limited-slip differential. Rolling stock is provided by 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels wrapped in 205/45R17 tyres, while front air dam and rear lip spoilers further improve aerodynamics.

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Standard equipment on MX-5 Club includes MZD Connect infotainment system with a seven-inch colour touchscreen display and multi-function commander control, HD and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, two USB ports, piano black side mirrors and seatback bars and a nine-speaker Bose audio system with headrest speakers.

Also available for the MX-5 Club is a package that equips the roadster with forged lightweight BBS 17-inch wheels, Brembo front brakes and functional aerodynamic side sill extensions and rear bumper skirt that were previewed by the MX-5 Global Cup race car.

The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 is the most compact of any generation MX-5 so far and is more than 100kg lighter than the model it replaces, thanks to lightweight construction. Power comes from either a 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre petrol engine. Both six-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission are offered in the roadster’s classic front-midship engine, rear-wheel drive layout with near perfect 50:50 front-rear weight distribution.

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