Gracing our current TopCar cover, it’s only been a few weeks since the launch of the new Mk4 Mazda MX-5, but that hasn’t stopped the release of the first special edition in the UK. This is the Mazda MX-5 Sport Recaro edition, a temporary range-topper limited to 600 cars (in the UK).
Funnily enough, judging by the name, it does have a pair of Recaro seats. Designed for greater lateral and lumbar support than the regular MX-5’s chairs, they’re finished in a mix of suede and leather, and they’re heated too, so there’s no excuse for keeping the roof up.
Otherwise, the changes are cosmetic, with a new rear spoiler lip, prong-like spats along the bottom of the front bumper and some narrow sill extensions, all in black, plus a set of diamond-cut finish 17-inch alloy wheels.
All very nice, but does it actually go any faster? Nope. Seats, spoilers and extra alcantara trim apart, the Sport Recaro’s based on the MX-5 2.0-litre, with the same four-cylinder engine, Bilstein dampers and limited-slip differential.
In the UK the Sport Recaro costs a neat £1000 (R20000 equivalent in SA currency) more than the standard MX-5, perhaps offset by a little residual rarity value if you like the look of those seats.