The less than impressive 167 hp found on the standard 2013 Mazda MX-5 is nothing to shake a stick at. With rivals coming in at near the 200 hp mark, the little roadster tends to slip a bit on comparison tests, drag races, etc. In order to fix a problem that has plagued MX-5 lovers, Mazda went ahead and shoved $197K worth of engine components and lightweight materials into the 2,200 pound roadster. The results are pretty spectacular.
Although not street legal, this track spec MX-5 is based off the more than successful GT4 racer. Complete with carbon fiber doors, a rear diffuser, rear wing and an FIA-spec roll cage, the GT4 produces an impressive 320 hp from 2.0-liter four-cylinder MRZ racing engine.
Sam Hignett, managing director of Jota Group, who co-developed the car together with Mazda, boasted extreme confidence in the speciality MX-5 racer.
“The car is an easy car to race and would even suit track day enthusiasts. We are still developing the car, but we are now at a point that we can offer this car to customers safe in the knowledge that it is going to be a front runner in any GT4 field.”
With nearly 200 g-bars deep into the track-spec GT4, one would expect it to come fully equipped, no? No.
With a base price of $197,000, it comes with optional components like an upgraded IPU, an upgraded lithium ion battery pack, endurance exhaust, 4-way adjustable dampers and Pi data upgrades. All these together will set you back nearly an extra $10K.
Despite an impressive price tag, Mazda says that this race ready special edition is worth the cost.