We must all agree on the fact that sports cars are meant to be driven on the track. Maybe not all the time, but at least once every few months. Mazda Japan however, believes that their MX-5 Roadster is meant to go racing. Thus, they built the Roadster NR-A.
This is a souped-up, street-legal version of the MX-5 Miata that you can race on weekends and drive to-and-from work on the other 5 days of the week. The parts list include Bilstein height adjustable sports suspension, front suspension tower bar, rear stabilizer / tunnel brace bar, and larger brake rotors. The NR-A is also fitted with a torque-sensing Super LSD that’s not available in the standard MX-5 package and an increased capacity radiator to cope with the demands of motorsports.
But do note that the front and rear tow hooks are not standard equipment and must be bought at ¥10,800 (or P4,197) each. Likewise, the Roll Bar Set, which is a must have for safety homologation, is an extra add-on that costs ¥213,548 (or P82,990). This consists of the Roll Bar, Roll Bar Protector, and of all things, a ‘Room Mirror’.
Fortunately or unfortunately, you’ll find the same JDM 1.5L 4-cylinder SKYACTIV-G residing under the hood with the same 130 hp and 150 Nm of torque. The Roadster NR-A is also available with a 6-speed manual ONLY.
In case you don’t plan to race your MX-5, Mazda is also offering a special Japan-only trim level called the Roaster RS. This gets all performance goodies of the NR-A, but with extras such as Alcantara/Nappa leather Recardo seats, a 9-speaker Bose sound system, and something they call an ‘Induction Sound Enhancer’.
What this gizmo is simply a pipe that runs from the engine intake to the cockpit thereby enhancing the ‘noise’.