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Mazda MX-5 R-Sport Special Edition

Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Limited to just 150 examples, this MX-5 Convertible features Polymetal Grey metallic paint and a grey soft-top hood, while 16-inch RAYS gunmetal alloy wheels finish the unique exterior look of this special edition. 

The Polymetal Grey colour is a recent edition to the Mazda MX-5 line up and on the R-Sport it’s matched to piano black wing mirrors. Inside, the R-Sport features burgundy Nappa leather seats with silver stitching, ensuring the cabin has the same bespoke feel as the exterior.


Based on the 1.5-litre 132ps Skyactiv-G Sport trim MX-5, the MX-5 R-Sport is an example of Mazda’s long tradition of offering personalised limited volume MX-5s. The standard equipment tally includes navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, heated seats and climate control.

Dynamic and Efficient

As you’d expect for a car so famed for its dynamic abilities, the Mazda MX-5 R-Sport retains the same award-winning chassis and mechanical set up as the 1.5-litre Sport MX-5. And helped by the MX-5’s lightness, 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 tech, it emits 142g/km.

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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. We have a great choice of MX-5s in our updated range, which means that anyone wanting to drive a distinctive and stylish roadster can find what they need.”

He added: “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. Its fun to drive character has strengthened the bond between Mazda and its customers for over 30 years.”

Fast Facts – Mazda MX-5 R-Sport as tested:

  • Max speed: 127 mph
  • 0-62 mph: 8.3 secs
  • Combined mpg: 44.8
  • Engine layout: 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol
  • Max. power (PS): 132
  • CO2: 142 g/km           
  • Price: £27,700

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