Mazda Roadster S Special Package 6MT

All-new Mazda Roadster Review: “Its high level of balance is top among the series” by Naoto Shimazaki

The background reflection within the front fender was streaming at the back and it looked as if it was dancing in front when I turned the car. Even if I drove this car on my own pace and style, I was able to enjoy driving it as a sports car.

The pillar A was expanded by 57mm at the back, both sides of the field of vision was expanded by 4.7 degrees, and its top to bottom parts were expanded by 5.5 degrees. Therefore, the field of vision on the windshield is huge. This may seem opposite from its concept, but it also gradually made me feel as if I was driving a big car. You can regulate the wind entering the cockpit when you roll up the side window. You can only feel comfortable when you feel refreshed, and that’s when the top of your head meets a gust of wind.

The Bose sound system was also pleasant. Its headrest, which is similar to that of an open car’s, is equipped with a 45mm speaker, but it does not feel like the sound is ringing at the back of your head. I felt like I was in a capsule surrounded by music, as if I was listening to a huge field of sound.

The car I test drove has an S Special Package with 6-speed MT, and contrary to the base grade S, it is equipped with a Torsen LSD, a rear stabilizer and a tunnel brace bar. As for my impression about its maneuverability, the enjoyment, the pleasantness and the balance after the modifications were applied are the best among the series (among the models I test drove recently). Its suspension system is a lot more gentle than that of the S, and it has a high stability. Since it is an MT, it has a free power control. To the drivers who prefer to use AT just as a means of transport, I want to recommend this car by saying that its MT feels like it’s handling a part of your body; wouldn’t you want to try that and test drive this car even just once? Truly, this car was wrapped up as a modernistic vehicle.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor, and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)