DAMD if you do

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In the past, some Ja­panese body kits have erred on the side of pan­tomime ex­cess. But not this one for the MX-5 mk4, al­though its maker, DAMD Styling Ef­fect, seem­ingly isn’t averse to a touch of the the­atri­cal – the body kit is called Dark Knight, and the black of its demo car does nod to­wards trans­port fit for a caped cru­sader.

DAMD’S full kit com­prises a front spoiler com­plete with winglets on the ends of the lower split­ter, sill ex­ten­sions, a rear dif­fuser, and a very neat boot spoiler. All the com­po­nents are avail­able in ei­ther glass­fi­bre or car­bon­fi­bre, de­pend­ing upon the depth of your pock­ets, and you can pur­chase them as a com­plete pack­age or in­di­vid­u­ally – we’d save up for the full monty, as it’s a very co­he­sive kit that de­serves to be seen as a whole. And even in car­bon the full kit is about £1400, al­though you would need to in­ves­ti­gate ship­ping and lo­cal taxes.

DAMD’S demo car rides on OZ Rac­ing Su­per­leg­gera 18-inch al­loys wrapped in Bridge­stone Potenza tyres, and the stan­dard dampers have been swapped out for a quar­tet of Spirit

Rac­ing al­ter­na­tives. The demo’s in­te­rior has been re-trimmed in Al­can­tara with red stitch­ing, and the steer­ing wheel mod­i­fied with DAMD’S smaller di­am­e­ter rim.

Per­son­ally im­port­ing the kit from Ja­pan could be a tire­some process, but if you can face the chal­lenge then you’ll end up with a meaner-look­ing mk4 that even the fac­tory would be proud of.

Above: red edg­ing on the body kit high­lights how dif­fer­ent it is Be­low: rear dif­fuser visu­ally broad­ens the mk4’s stance on the road

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