MX5 MPS

It's long overdue - an MX5 with power. It's the most successful roadster in the world thanks to it's good handling and good looks. What it's always lacked is a beefier version that can really push the car to its limits.

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Mazda are showing the new Roadster MPS (Mazda Performance Series) in Tokyo. Fitted with a 195bhp 2 litre engine the car should be a lot of fun.

Chassis mods have also been made with front and rear suspension mounting points reinforced with a large-sized lightweight aluminium ladder underbody reinforcement for enhanced rigidity.

The revamped exterior styling includes a front end featuring exclusive headlamp units and a newly designed "face" to give a larger air-intake area and improved cooling. For a more aggressive, lower-and-wider appearance, Roadster MPS is equipped with new front and rear bumpers with enlarged wheel arches to match the wider track (+50mm in the front, +60mm in the rear), a mono-formed rear bumper integrated into the body with a single extruded silencer, and lightweight large-diameter aluminium wheels.

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The aerodynamic performance has been improved with air outlets in the bumpers to lower air pressure inside the engine compartment and reduce front-end lift, and a spoiler on the boot lid to generate appropriate downforce.

No word yet on if/when it'll hit the UK.

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