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2016 Mazda MX-5 RS Japan Bound Only

by Shane McGlaun
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In the US, all 2016 MX-5 models get the 2.0L 155hp four-cylinder engine. In other parts of the world, a smaller 1.5L 129hp engine is also available. Mazda has a special version of the MX-5 offered in Japan only that has some cool go fast bits and awesome new seats inside for drivers.

The new car is the MX-5 RS and it has the small 1.5L engine under the hood. To make up for its diminutive engine, Mazda upgrades the brakes, gives it Bilstein dampers, a front suspension tower brace, and an induction sound enhancer to amp up its exhaust note. The brakes don’t appear to be the Brembo units available in the US, though.

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The best thing is that the RS gets Nappa leather and Alcantara-trimmed Recaro seats. This is an option that Mazda really needs to make available in the US. I’d love a Brembo equipped Club Sport with Recaros for track work. The car is only available in Japan in White Pearl mica color for about $26,900.

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