Demonstrating you don’t need a lot of power to have fun, the Mazda MX-5 is living proof a car can be truly sporty and exciting to drive with significantly less than 200 hp. While the US-spec Miata is available only with a 2.0-liter engine rated at 181 hp, the Zoom-Zoom company sells the roadster in other parts of the world with a smaller 1.5-liter unit producing just 130 hp.
The ND-generation model has gone back to its roots by shaving off as much weight as possible, and with this new 990S special edition for Japan, Mazda is taking a step further. In case you haven’t figured out by now, the little sports car tips the scales at a mere 990 kilograms (2,182 pounds). To put that number into perspective, it’s only 30 kg (66 lbs) heavier than the original MX-5 NA from 1989.
According to the Japanese magazine Car Watch, the JDM-only MX-5 990S gets Rays alloy wheels shaving off a total of 3.2 kg (7 lbs) and features Brembo calipers and rotors at the front axle. The calipers are now black and are adorned with “Brembo” lettering in light blue. Mazda has fitted the petite roadster with a navy-blue soft top, matched on the inside by the air vent surrounds. The cabin eschews the touchscreen of the infotainment system for a more basic setup and boasts special floor mats with “Roadster” lettering in blue.
There are additional changes to the 990S as it also receives a different tune for the dampers and springs. Mazda’s engineers tweaked the electric power steering and removed the sound-deadening material from the dashboard and hood. A similar version with the larger 2.0-liter engine is not on the agenda, even though the engineers say it would be technically possible.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.