Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport announced for UK

Mazda has announced a limited edition version of its MX-5 roadster called the Z-Sport. It’s based on the 2.0-litre Sport Nav model and just 300 will be built – each with a price tag of £25,595.

That means the Z-Sport costs £1,400 more than the Sport Nav car, but a series of cosmetic upgrades will ensure its exclusivity. The Cherry Red roof first appeared on the fourth-generation MX-5 at October’s Tokyo Motor Show, and comes as standard on all Z-Sport cars. Black 17-inch BBS alloy wheels are also included.

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport – rear

Jeremy Thomson, Mazda UK managing director said: “The MX-5’s new Cherry-coloured roof was shown for the first time in public at Tokyo where it received a very positive reception. I’m delighted that we can bring it to UK MX-5 buyers as part of the Z-Sport limited edition model.”

The grey metallic paint is usually a cost option, but it’s standard on the MX-5 Z-Sport. No hard-top RF Z-Sport will be offered, but inside, you’ll find new sand-coloured leather seats, special floor mats and a numbered plaque on the dashboard.

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport – dash

As it’s based on the 2.0 Sport Nav, the Z-Sport features the same tried and tested 158bhp four-cylinder engine, as well as the same limited-slip differential, Bilstein dampers and strut brace. However, Mazda UK has confirmed that all MY 18 cars will also feature the revised suspension, steering and weight distribution announced at the Tokyo show.

The new Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport is exclusive to the UK and is available to order now. First cars will arrive in dealerships from March 2018.

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