Track-focused Mazda MX-5 GT RS heads updated line-up

The updated 2021 Mazda MX-5 range has expanded to include a new track-focused model: the Mazda MX-5 GT RS.

Available in soft-top Roadster and hard-top RF forms, the new MX-5 GT RS is a model exclusive to the Australian market that promises even sharper dynamics and response.

Powered exclusively by the 135kW 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine and driving the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, the MX-5 GT RS is designed 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 consisting of opposed four-piston aluminium caliper arrangement on each corner, clamping a 280mm x 22mm front ventilated disc brake. 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. All-up, the Brembo front brake package reduces unsprung mass by 2kg, further sharpening the lightweight sport car’s handling dynamics.

For increased road presence and further weight reduction, the MX-5 GT RS models also feature a model specific 17-inch forged alloy wheel design by high performance wheel manufacturer, BBS. The lightweight alloys are wrapped in high grip Bridgestone Potenza S001 tyres, measuring 205/45/R17.

Augmenting these upgrades are heavy duty Bilstein gas-pressurised dampers that are designed to handle track work, while still compliant enough to smooth off the 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 Mazda MX-5 GT RS variants also benefit from the overall range updates including wireless Apple CarPlay in addition to existing support for 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 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.

2021 Mazda MX-5: model line-up and pricing at a glance

Grade

Specification

Price (ex. on-road costs)

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

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