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Mazda launches track focused MX-5 GT RS

MAZDA Australia has launched an enthusiast-focused Australian specific variant of its legendary MX-5 for 2021, with the dynamic special edition GT RS spearheading a raft of changes to the entire range.

Available in Roadster and RF forms, the new MX-5 GT RS further sharpens the MX-5’s already-legendary handling response, delivering sharp driving dynamics. It’s powered by the 135kW SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine.

Paired to the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, the MX-5 GT RS models are a natural fit for club motor sport use or a spirited Sunday drive, while retaining everyday functionality and comfort.

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On the front axle, Mazda engineers have installed a Brembo brake package. This incorporates an opposed four-piston aluminium calliper 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, improving every aspect of the MX-5 GT RS’s handling dynamics.

For increased road presence and further weight reduction, the Mazda MX-5 GT RS models also feature a specific 17-inch forged alloy wheel design by renowned high-end wheel manufacturer, BBS.

These are fitted with Bridgestone Potenza S001 tyres, measuring 205/45/R17.

Augmenting these upgrades are sophisticated Bilstein gas-pressurised dampers that are designed to deliver track-ready grip and feedback, while still smoothing off the sharpest 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. 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 overall range updates, including wireless Apple CarPlay, connecting seamlessly to the 7.0-inch touchscreen MZD Connect display. Wired access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also provided.

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 luxurious, range topping Mazda MX-5 RF GT Black Roof model. The agile 1.5-litre MX-5 Roadster and 2.0-litre powered RF also gain black-finished external mirror caps.

The updated Mazda MX-5 range will go on-sale in January 2021 and will be priced from $47,020 (plus on-roads). To find out more on the new Mazda MX-5 RS, please contact your local Mazda dealer.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.

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