Finally, I was able to drive the mass-produced Roadster on winding roads. The weather was very fine despite the rainy season.
This is the third time I rode the Roadster; it both rained during the two instances I test drove it. I really wanted to drive an open car under a sunny sky. The formula to open it is very simple. I removed the lock on the front of the soft top from the inside, rolled it up to the rear, then pushed it to lock. The cover has a clean styling; it does not sag.
The Roadster started running as I stepped on the clutch moderately. The Organ-Type Accelerator Pedal controls the engine which thoroughly rotates up to 7500 rotations. The amount of force and speed on the pedal, and the heel-and-toe shiftingâ€”all of these are very easy to execute.
Its acceleration is not really strong. I did not feel overwhelmed by its torque compared to that of a diesel turbo, which Mazda has given much attention to. This vehicle has a rather modest torque. It syncs with the engine rotation and speeds up. This modesty feels good.
Its modest suspension is also good. The response of the vehicle is quick the moment you turn the wheel. It’s not hypersensitive like a racing car, yet there isn’t any dullness like in a family car. Suprisingly, its riding comfort is also good. You will not feel any unpleasantness even when going over rough roads. It is astounding that it is a compact two-seater open car. All of these have been accumulated after over a quarter of a century of creating the Roadster.
Actually, I am really concerned about the part that ensures its simple performance, that is accurately following the targeted direction. It manipulates the body naturally as the line of sight on the clipping point and corner entrance changes. The information, the gravity from the seat, and the roll feel are transmitted to the steering in order to get that done. There is no other vehicle capable of doing that. Surely, your driving will improve just by driving the Roadster.
Tunnel brace bars and LSD are parts that affect its running performance. These are added and equipped on the S Special Package. If you want to feel like you are driving a vehicle that just came out of its dealer, it is best to choose this S Special Package. If you want it customized, it is better to choose the S with more specifications.
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Yoichi Moroboshi | Motor Journalist
He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He has competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.
Photography by Yoichi Moroboshi
(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D, Martinez)