Mazda Roadster RS

Mazda Roadster RS Review: “It’s potentially made for those who are particular” by Naoto Shimazaki

The ND-type Roadster, which was awarded as the 2015-2016 Japan Car of the Year, is a popular model. And just like now, Mazda added the RS grade to make it more pleasing.

The RS grade is equipped with special parts, such as Bilstein wheels and larger diameter brakes, a front suspension tower bar, Recaro seats, and the like.
Avid car fans would surely go for Bilstein and Recaro just by hearing those brand names. It has Gun Metallic wheels (size: 16 inches), and you can see its large disc brakes from those wheels. As for its body, it doesn’t have particular changes with the S grade with leather package & 6-speed MT as its base weight is 1,020kg and its overall height and dimension remain the same.

As I drove this car, I felt its spirit more than the other Roadster models. Particularly, as for its ride quality, its Bilstein wheels and suspension tower bars work effectively and it makes driving feel tight even at low speeds in city streets. It shows its best performance on winding roads, controlling the rolling tendencies, and its rudder is highly effective. Its brake is also easy to manage with direct touch.

It “generates sound,” and when its engine rotation is raised, its inhalation sound is somewhat different from that of the S grade, as it has a bit rougher sound. That is because it’s the performance of the RS grade. As for its Recaro seats, its structure was based on the standard grade; it doesn’t have much of a similar structure with that of the well-known general Recaro seats but it has a different holding than that of a normal seat.

I personally like the standard S grade in terms of performance and fun in driving, but this model is suitable for those who want to add some potential to its performance.

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)