After we've talked in detail about the Mazda MX-5 Kuro and the MX-5 GT Concept which are both based on the 2012 model, now it's time to report that the Mazda Roadster RS 2013, which is basically known as the MX-5 outside of Japan, has gone on sale in the Land of the Rising Sun to all Mazda dealerships.
The new model which hopefully will be made available outside Japan sooner rather than later boasts some notable changes in design, both inside and out. One of the most interesting features is the redesigned soft-top which gives the car a very interesting look. Other than that the new Roadster RS boasts more aggressive lines, a reshaped front bumper with larger front grille, a new front chin spoiler and redesigned front fog lamp bezels. Furthermore a new body color named Dolphin Gray Mica has been added, but it has replaced the Metropolitan Gray Mica body color.
Same as with the exterior, a new color –Glossy Dark Gray- has been made available for the interior on the steering wheel bezel and decoration panel. Although this new color comes as a standard, for the soft-top S trim level it comes as an optional extra.
In addition, a new tan color is now available for the leather seat covers which retain the black leather on the sides of the seat, creating a stylish two-tone design. Furthermore, combinations of black fabric, tan and black leather and Alcantara are available as an option.
Under its hood the Roadster RS 2013 comes with a MZR 2.0 liter DOHC engine mated with a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission, but the 5-speed manual is not available for the hard-top.
Other mechanical characteristics are the enhanced acceleration control available on the manual transmission models, enhanced braking control and the active bonnet which at certain speeds, whenever sensors detect an impact the rear end of the bonnet will rise creating a space between it and the engine. This helps absorbing the energy of impact and increases safety.
As far as pricing goes the Mazda Roadster RS 2013 has gone on sale in Japan at the price of 2,330,000 Yens ($29,308 at this morning's conversion rate) for the soft-top base model, and it can go up to 2,920,000 Yens ($36,729) for the hard top 6-speed automatic VS RHT model.