The improved package that is the Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition was hotly anticipated when it was said to be making its debut Down Under in early 2018. Here it is now, about a month earlier than expected, available at dealerships across the country with a driveaway price of $55,790, as was previously confirmed.
You’d better hop to it, though, as this car name isn’t just a marketing ploy - only 110 examples will find homes here before the stock dries. The Limited Edition takes its cues from the top-spec GT variant of the Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback, i.e folding metal roof), adding improved suspension components and some fetching cosmetic work.
Specifically, the Limited Edition brings the Kuroi Sports pack fitted as standard, adding front winglets to reduce air pressure build-up around the wheels. There’s also revised suspension with a front strut bar to improve chassis stiffness, aided by the new Bilstein dampers and lighter 17-inch BBS alloy wheels.
Lighter but more potent Brembo brakes and callipers round out the mechanical improvements to the MX-5 package. Unfortunately, no changes have been detailed for the engine and transmission part of the formula - a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated SkyActiv-G petrol four-cylinder sits up front, producing 118kW and 200Nm, mounted longitudinally and sends power to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.
The only change made to the interior of the RF having the standard leather semi-buckets replaced by a more body hugging pair of Recaros. Mazda even throws in a special Seiko chronograph watch designed to reflect the aesthetic and spirit of the MX-5 and its owners as part of the purchase price.