There's a £2,000 premium to order the RF variant over the standard fabric-topped MX-5 roadster model. And a further premium of £2,000 or so is needed to order this 'Sport Black' special edition variant over the standard 2.0-litre 160ps 'SE-L Nav' derivative it's based upon. That takes the asking price to nearly £26,000, so it's just as well that the 'Sport Black' is generously endowed with equipment. Included in the tally are leather seats, rain-sensing front wipers, rear parking sensors and automatic headlights, plus you get Mica paint. In addition, there's a standard limited slip differential.
On to safety, intrinsically engineered into this car, says Mazda, thanks to its 'SKYACTIV-Body' which absorbs and disperses impact energy to prevent cabin deformation.. Twin front and side airbags are standard across the range, as are the usual electronic safety aids - ABS, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control. There's also a bonnet designed to limit injuries should you be unfortunate enough to hit a pedestrian. In addition, MX-5 buyers get an isofix childseat attachment for the passenger seat, Tyre Pressure Monitoring and Hill Hold Assist to stop you from drifting backwards on uphill junctions.