Mazda MX-5 RF LE at Australia’s Best Driver’s Car | 10th Place | motoring.com.au video review

Mazda MX-5 RF LE at Australia’s Best Driver’s Car | 10th Place | motoring.com.au video review


The world’s favourite roadster takes on Australia’s
Best Driver’s Car in Limited Edition trim A familiar face at Australia’s Best Driver’s
Car, the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 comes to this year’s competition in recently-released
Limited Edition trim. The most expensive MX-5 yet bases itself on
the GT version of the Retractable Fastback coupe; and adds Bilstein dampers, a thicker
front strut brace, Brembo brakes and light-weight BBS wheels to the kit list. Just 110 examples of the RF Limited Edition
are available, and in spite of chassis and interior tweaks, all remain powered by the
same direct injected 2.0-litre ‘four’ found under the bonnet of the donor car. Closely vying with the Subaru BRZ tS at this
year’s test, the MX-5’s dynamics failed to excite our judges who cited rear-end roll
steer as ‘disconcerting’ on twisting mountain roads Underdone performance was also repeated throughout
our nightly catch-ups, though almost all praised the Mazda’s athletic stopping performance,
and snickity quick gear shift. On the race track, Luke Youlden proved the
MX-5 was equal parts quick and connected, setting a decent time in spite of the evident
lack of thrust. Luke Youlden’s Impressions The MX-5 suffered from traction issues at
our makeshift drag strip but managed a respectable time after a few attempts; it’s nought to
100km/h time not too far off the manufacturer’s claim. Some judges also remarked that the MX-5 cockpit
was too cramped for comfort, saying the offset pedal box made man-and-machine relations difficult;
while others said the exhaust note ‘and the price tag’ was disappointing. In such exulted company the MX-5 might seem
underdone, but in the right hands, and on the right stretch of road, it’s still a hugely
entertaining car that easily nails the ‘driver’s car’ brief.