Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that it will release the NR-A version Mazda Roadster for sale at its Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers throughout Japan in early April 2006. The Roadster is known as the MX-5 in overseas markets.
Designed with specifications that enable drivers to compete in NR-A category races after the addition of special racing kit, Mazda has been selling the base model NR-A Roadster since December 2001. Since then, the NR-A model Roadster has been favorably received by motorsports enthusiasts thanks to its reasonable cost and the added dimension of exhilarating driving possibilities that come with meeting the NR-A race requirements.
The new NR-A model Roadster is based on the third generation Roadster that underwent a complete redesign and launched in August 2005. Employing special equipment on the new Roadster NR-A model—height-adjustable Bilstein dampers, a torque-sensing ’Super LSD’ (limited-slip differential), and front strut tower bars—makes this exciting new model more suitable for sporty driving.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Roadster MX-5 NR-A model is 19,649$(2,300,000 yen), including sales tax. It is only available in the Japanese market.
The new NR-A model was designed to participate in the "Roadster Party" One Make Races in Japan. These events are sponsored by Mazda and will be held from September 2006.
Roadster with 2.0-liter DOHC engine and with a five-speed manual transmission
Additional/changed features different from the base model:
- Height-adjustable Bilstein dampers
- Torque-sensing ’Super LSD’ (limited-slip differential)
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Aluminum gas/brake/clutch pedals
- Front suspension tower bars (braced to the cowl structure)
- 16-inch steel wheels (16-inch aluminum wheels are standard equipment on the base model)