You’re looking at the new Mazda MX-5 RS model, just introduced in Japan featuring enhanced driving dynamics. It’s badged as the Roadster RS in its home market, of course, but for the sake of familiarity, we’ll stick to the name we know and love for now.

What’s new here are unique Bilstein dampers, larger brakes, a strut brace and an induction sound enhancer. A nice set of Alcantara/nappa leather Recaro is featured too, as is the roadster’s bespoke nine-speaker Bose sound system.

The MX-5 RS adds no performance upgrades for the standard JDM 129 hp/150 Nm 1.5 litre SkyActiv petrol unit. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, really, seeing that the MX-5 programme manager Nobuhiro has said that “it’s important not to get hung up on numbers. Not on power, or torque. No, what is more important is the feeling.”

All this goes for 3,196,800 yen (RM117,900) in Japan, compared to our local market’s RM220k 2.0 litre MX-5.