2022 Mazda MX-5 RF in Malaysia – now with Kinematic Posture Control; manual, auto variants; from RM264k

2022 Mazda MX-5 RF in Malaysia – now with Kinematic Posture Control; manual, auto variants; from RM264k

The Mazda MX-5 RF has been updated for the 2022 model year in Malaysia, with Bermaz Motor continuing to offer the Retractable Fastback with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The MX-5 line-up received Mazda’s Kinematic Posture Control (KPC) last December and it’s now been added to the local specification. The system applies a light braking force on the inner rear wheel during high-G cornering to suppress body roll and to make steering response feel a bit more linear.

This allows for better dynamics without having to fit stiffer springs and dampers or thicker anti-roll bars that compromise ride comfort. The system operates passively and is triggered when it senses the difference in speed between the two rear wheels while cornering.

2022 Mazda MX-5 RF in Malaysia – now with Kinematic Posture Control; manual, auto variants; from RM264k

Beyond the addition of KPC, everything else on the MX-5 RF is unchanged from before. Under the bonnet, there’s still a SkyActiv-G 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 181 hp at 7,000 rpm and 205 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm to the rear wheels. The engine features idling stop technology and i-ELOOP brake-energy regeneration system.

Standard equipment for both the manual and automatic variants includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED taillights, keyless entry and engine start, cruise control, a 4.6-inch TFT LCD multi-info display, single-zone automatic air-conditioning and leather upholstery. For infotainment, there’s a Mazda Connect system with a seven-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support as well as nine-speaker Bose sound system.

On the safety front, there’s six airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control, traction control, Hill Launch Assist, Isofix for the front passenger seat, Adaptive LED Headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning System, Driver Attention Alert and Smart City Brake Support (front and rear). Available colours include Deep Crystal Blue, Jet Black, Machine Grey, Polymetal Grey, Snowflake White Pearl and Soul Red Crystal, the same options as before.

Pricing for the MX-5 RF has gone up for 2022 from last year’s update, with the manual variant now retailing for RM264,029, while the automatic is priced at RM265,964. These are on-the-road prices without insurance and inclusive of a 50% sales tax exemption for fully-imported (CBU) vehicles, which is the MX-5 RF is. A five-year, 100,000-km warranty and free maintenance package is included with each purchase.

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Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.

 

Comments

  • Wow for the pricing of 205 Nm powered car

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  • Dong Gor on Apr 20, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    At this price point, give also dual zone airconditioning lar. asking for top dollar but skim on basics..apa la!

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    • Anonymous on Apr 20, 2022 at 8:36 pm

      Dual zone aircond has never worked in a compact sedan. A cramped cockpit of an MX5 would not benefit from it at all. It won’t take long for the entire cabin to be whatever the lowest temperature is set, disregarding the higher temperature side.

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  • Bob Mal on Apr 20, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Nice car but the price is up up >>>>> beyond. So basically we have 3 types of Skyactive G 2.0 engine?

    MX-5 RF = 181hp 205Nm
    CX-3 = 154hp 206Nm
    Mazda 3 = 162hp 213Nm

    Please give us the most refined engine with 181hp 213Nm Skyactive G 2.0L engine.

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    • the weight and how people use is different hence the difference in tuning

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      • Bob Mal on Apr 21, 2022 at 10:45 am

        So someone who paid top $$ for a MX-5 roadster sports car would like a lower torque compared to the Mazda 3 C segment car?

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        • Anonymous on Apr 21, 2022 at 12:40 pm

          Does a Mazda 3 have 50:50 weight distribution, a lower CoG, quicker steering, multi-link rear suspension, KPC, stickier tyres, and is it 200kg lighter?

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          • Bob Mal on Apr 21, 2022 at 1:15 pm

            Of course not, so by that it warrants for a lower torque? Where they can increase the hp why not the others as well and make this a proper superior car?

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        • Anonymous on Apr 22, 2022 at 3:26 am

          Proper tuning means not just messing with the raw numbers but also the CURVE. Mazda has to make the engine work with the transmission, and to match the drive character of a sportscar (i.e revvy and peaky but sustaining the pull after each upshift). Engines tuned for peaky torque and power often have slightly lower torque because of friction at higher RPMs and unable to compensate for it because shorter valve lifts (unless you want to risk valves crashing into pistons because of valve float). 8 Nm is a miniscule loss compared to the 20hp gain, which for the way the MX5 is meant to be driven is ultimately what works best.

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        • Johnnylee on Nov 29, 2022 at 5:58 am

          Uhm yes that is how a sports car should be tuned. The number you are quoting is the peak torque that happens at 4000 rpm.

          The MX5 is a sports car and so it is optimised to be driven harder at higher RPMs. You can compare the hp and torque charts at the link below and you will find that at 7000 rpm the MX5 produces way more power and torque (The Mazda 3 is not even allowed to get there): https://www.automobile-catalog.com/auta_cmpower.php#gsc.tab=0

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  • Thaya on Apr 20, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    No electronic parking brake

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  • Piano on Apr 20, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    MX-5 Miata

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  • какая on Apr 21, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Yay! I can drift with electronic parking brake.

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  • Autobahn on Apr 21, 2022 at 5:37 am

    This car is a top choice in uk for fun sport car simply becos it is cheap to buy and maintain as opposed to orher sport cars. But here when the price is 260k it really looses the appeal anymore
    As comparison
    Subaru BRZ is 32k british pounds
    Mazda MX5 is 27k british pounds
    Golf Gti is 38k british pounds

    So you know when you buy the subaru n mazda here in malaysia, you actually pay more for the tax and huge margin from vendors rather than the car itself

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  • Ronnie Tan on Apr 21, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    Can I test drive the Mazda MX 5..

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  • Sorry Mazda, Subaru is getting my money. Manual BRZ is next on my shopping list.

    As Autobahn highlighted, some cars that are supposed to be cheaper ended up being more expensive because of the local agents. Spend your money wisely, get more BHP for your bucks!!!

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  • ROTI CANAI on Apr 27, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    still no reverse camera for malaysia?

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