2022 Mazda MX-5 990S Edition – If you’re thinking that the current ND Mazda MX-5 wasn’t quite lightweight enough This Japanese-market specific version is sure to fill your desire for weight. It is referred to as the 990S Edition due to its weight of 990 kg – the 1.5-liter manual 990S with six speeds sheds approximately 117kg compared to the standard model and weighs 30kg more than the MX-5. It is the first generation of the MX-5.
2022 Mazda MX-5 990S Edition Review
Engineers have been busy removing kilos of weight from the body of the MX-5, which includes the elimination of sound deadening and the introduction of a special, slimmer bonnet, along with the lighter collection consisting of Rays alloy wheels (saving 3.2kg). There’s also a more extensive collection of Brembo brakes, but Mazda claims that they cut 700g off the mass of the car. The brake calipers have been covered in blue with black Brembo logos.
Inside the cabin, it’s a bit different. The MZD Connect touch screen has been eliminated in favor of a more straightforward analog setup that is found in entry-level Mazda 2 models, as and the basic versions that include Mazda 2 and the ND MX-5 from 2015. With the MX-5 having cut its waistline, the engineers have tuned the suspension and power steering and added a different series of dampers.
The new active aid is known as “Vehicle Attitude Stabilisation Control’, is intended to stop roll-in corners. It applies a tiny quantity of pressure from the brakes to the rear wheels when it detects the force to corner is more than 0.3G and limits the wheel’s lift. If drivers aren’t happy with the effect, it can be turned off by shutting off the ESC. This 1.5-liter engine goes without any modification, so it keeps the original outputs of 97kW and torque of 152Nm. 990S’s development chief Shigeki Saito has said Shigeki Saito said that “horsepower and enjoyment aren’t equal, but lighter weight and pleasure are in a proportional. If you boost horsepower, you’ll weigh more because you need to strengthen your body as well as the body. The heavier the car is, the more enjoyable it will be. If you love driving, then this car is the most fun moment.”
2022 Mazda MX-5 990S Edition Release Date
At this time, it’s unclear if it will be announced that the MX-5 997S Edition will be available in Australia or if it will remain a Japanese-only exclusive.