Mazda MX-5 GT RS 2021: Launch review
Tim Nicholson takes to the racetrack in the new Mazda MX-5 GT RS.
The Mazda MX-5 sports car is a true automotive icon and the fourth-generation model launched in 2015 returned the nameplate back to its lightweight, stripped-back roots. To keep interest fresh, Mazda has introduced a new variant – the GT RS – aimed at enthusiasts looking for an even more focused drive than the standard MX-5, thanks to the addition of performance-enhancing parts.
The RS was developed exclusively for the Australian market and is a permanent variant in the MX-5 line-up. It’s available in Roadster (convertible) and RF guise – the latter stands for Retractable Fastback which just means it has a retractable metal roof. The new RS is paired exclusively with the two-litre ‘GT’ engine and a six-speed manual gearbox. The rest of the MX-5 range benefits from an equipment upgrade as part of a model-year update.