STYLISH NEW SPE­CIAL EDI­TION ADDS MORE SHINE TO THE MX-5 EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Ryan Hirons gets be­hind the wheel of the lat­est Mazda MX-5 spe­cial, the RF Sport Black, to see what it brings to the party.

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page - FIRST DRIVE BY RYAN HIRONS

MAZDA MX-5 RF SPORT BLACK

WHAT IS IT? Mazda has never shied away from a spe­cial-edi­tion ma­chine. In fact, boot up any Gran Tur­ismo game, head to the used car dealer and you’ll see a vir­tual re­cre­ation of the dozens upon dozens of MX-5 vari­ants the firm has thrown out over the years.

Well, it’s not stop­ping any­time soon – this is the MX-5 RF Sport Black, the lat­est Uk-only lim­ited-edi­tion ver­sion of the sports car.

It’s not even the first spe­cial-edi­tion this year, fol­low­ing on from the Z-sport, but is it a wor­thy new­comer? WHAT’S NEW? Sport Black is a trim Mazda has added to a cou­ple of its ranges lately – namely the 2 and 3 – and each brings a host of ex­te­rior and in­te­rior tweaks, al­though lit­tle in the way of per­for­mance up­grades. That rings true again for the MX-5 RF Sport Black.

Based on the hard-top ‘Re­tractable Fast­back’ or ‘RF’ model, this lim­ited-run ma­chine gains black trim de­tails such as the rear spoiler, wing mir­ror cov­ers and al­loy wheels – with Eter­nal Blue Mica the only body colour op­tion.

In­side the car, model-spe­cific scuff plates and floor mats de­note it as a Sport Black, along with a plaque in the cen­tre con­sole.

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