Mazda MX-5 GT RS Roadster 2021 Review

2021 Mazda MX-5 Road Test Review

Since it was first released in 1989, Mazda MX-5 has brought something special to the sports car segment. The first models were simply so well balanced and while it has grown over the years, the simple roofless sport car concept is carried through in the latest GT RS Roadster which we drove

2021 Mazda MX-5 GT RS profileLet me say right up front that the MX-5 is just not built for a bear sized individual like me. Which has always been a disappointment especially with the new model?

2021 Mazda MX-5 GT RS engine

However the latest version, powered by a 135kW SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine and SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, are an enthusiasts dream while retaining everyday functionality and comfort. GT RS models also feature a  BBS forged alloy wheel design with a Brembo front brake package

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Other improvements include 205/45/R17 Bridgestone Potenza S001 tyres, Bilstein gas dampers and a solid alloy strut tower brace, for improved rigidity and steering response.

2021 Mazda MX-5 GT RS interior

Alongside more focused dynamics and upgraded suspension and braking systems there is  advanced connectivity and fresh exterior and interior finishes,

Priced from around $47,000 plus the usual costs it is still well within range of the everyday buyer.

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2021 Mazda MX-5 GT RS driving

What is good?

  • Performance/ride/handling balance
  • Value for money
  • It’s simply unapologetic fun

What is not so good?

  • Missing some safety features
  • Cramped interior (especially for someone my size)
  • Very impractical

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There isn’t anything directly comparable to the MX-5 in today’s market.

 2021 Mazda MX-5 GT RS front seats

Model   

Mazda MX-5 GT RS Roadster  

Model Price $47,020 MLP*
Engine 2.0L 4 Cyl  naturally aspirated Petrol
Drivetrain CVT 8 Step manual mode, Active Split Torque AWD with X-Mode
Power 135kW @ 7000rpm
Torque 205Nm @ 4000rpm
Safety Five Star ANCAP (2016)
CO2 Emissions TBA g/km
Economy ADR 6.8 L/100km
0-100kmh/Top Speed TBA/TBA
Servicing 12 Months / 10,000 km  Service Plan
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

2021 Mazda MX-5 GT RS quarter

Overall Rating    

84/100

Behind the Wheel 7
Comfort 7
Equipment 7
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 7
Fit for Purpose 10
Street Credibility 9
Fun Factor 10
Value for Money 9

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2021 Mazda MX-5 GT RS
  • 7/10
    Behind the Wheel - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Comfort - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Equipment - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Practicality - 7/10
  • 10/10
    Fit for Purpose - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Technology/Connectivity - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Styling/Appeal - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Since it was first released in 1989, Mazda MX-5 has brought something special to the sports car segment. The first models were simply so well balanced and while it has grown over the years, the simple roofless sport car concept is carried through in the latest GT RS Roadster which we drove

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.