DAMD if you do
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