Mazda Miata RS is Another Forbidden Fruit Only for Japan


Japan is getting a high-performance Mazda Miata RS model and for once, the U.S. might not have to be jealous.

That’s because the Mazda Miata RS is still powered by the smaller, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 129 horsepower, compared to the 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill the U.S. market gets with 155 hp. And the extra parts that make the Miata RS so special can mostly be found on the Miata Club model offered in the U.S. So essentially, what the Japanese market gets is a Crystal White Pearl Mica Miata outfitted with Bilstein shocks, a front strut tower brace, an “induction sound enhancer,” larger disc brakes and Recaro seats featuring Nappa Leather and faux suede.

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While the suspension pieces can be found on the Miata Club, the Japan Miata RS doesn’t benefit from the Brembo brakes the U.S. gets on the Club model. In exchange, U.S. shoppers don’t get to enjoy the stylish Recaro seats.

Based on current exchange rates, the Mazda Miata RS is priced around $26,900, so it’s slightly cheaper than the Mazda Miata Club that starts from $29,420 including destination.

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