Mazda MX-5 2022 – If Miata has always been the answer, Mazda is smart enough not to mess around with winning recipes. For example, 2022MY has officially launched in Japan, and not much has changed, and the few changes that have been made are all for the better. The most important novelty is adopting what is known as Kinematic Posture Control for the suspension.
KPC brakes the inner wheels to create an anti-lift force when cornering at higher speeds to reduce body roll and make the Roadsterr feel more stable. With engineers obsessed (in a good way) with keeping the weight of the Miata as low as possible, you will be happy to hear the upgraded suspension doesn’t add an ounce.
KPC is smart enough to know the turn conditions in real-time based on the speed difference between the left and right wheels behind. Based on that difference, the impact is increased or decreased to “produce a natural posture stabilizing effect.” In other words, the MX-5 feels exactlly the same as before during normal driving, but if you push it harder, it will become more stable than its predecessor.
The special edition 990S that was previewed at a local event in late October is now official on The Land of the Rising Sun. It starts at the lightest trim level and gets 16-inch RAYS forged wheels to trim around 800 grams (1.76-pounds) at each corner, translating to a 3.2 kilogram (seven pounds) diet. Mazda paired the car with Brembo ventilated discs with black four-piston calipers with blue writing on the front axle and black calipers for the rear.
As the name suggests, this scale weighs 990 kilograms (2,182 pounds), making it only 30 kg (66-lbs) heavier than the 1989 MX-5 NA. It is based on the S version with a 6-speed manual transmission but with further tweaks made to the dampers, coil springs, electriic power steering, and engine.
It gets exclusive floor mats and blue/piano-black accents for ventilation inside. Mazda Japan asked for ¥2,893,000 (about USD 25,300 at current exchange rates) for the purest version.
Elsewhere, the JDM-spec MX-5 gets an elegant Terracotta Selection version for the RF model, priced at ¥3,798,300 (USD 33,300), while Platinum Quartz Metallic paint is added to both body styles. Additionally, the Roadster now comes with a navy fabric top that combines a black leather interiior with a dark blue roof for ¥3,191,100 (USD 28,000). In Japan, Mazda will sell a rear-wheel-drive sports car with a 1.5-liter engine for the standard model, while the RF will get a 2.0-liter unit.
The slightly updated Roadster goes on sale locally from mid-January, with the top-spec navy fabric until May 31, 2022.