Mazda's roadster gets a radical upgrade in terms of handling and drivability after the company released the MX-5 RS in Japan.

Billed by Mazda for the driving enthusiasts and to deliver more fun factor in the two-seater roadster, the MX-5 RS has been fitted with new seats, uprated chassis components and additional safety features.

The interior of the Mazda MX-5 RS

Superficially, the MX-5 RS still looks like their standard roadster models as most of the new additions can only be seen inside and underneath the car. Starting with the cabin, the standard seats have been replaced with Recaro units upholstered in Alcantara and Nappa leather. In addition, a 9-speaker Bose audio system and an engine sound enhancer has also been installed in the roadster.

Over to the mechanical upgrades, a strut tower bar along with new Bilstein shock absorbers will provide better handling. Stopping power has been improved as well as Mazda opted to fit the RS with larger disc brakes.

The strut tower bar on the MX-5 RS

Power is still provided by the 1.5-liter SkyActiv-G inline-four which delivers 131 PS and 150 Nm of torque to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Safety-wise, the MX-5 RS gets a lane departure warning system, a blind spot monitoring system and a rear cross traffic alert.

The Bilstein Dampers on the MX-5 RS

There is no word yet if Mazda will release the MX-5 RS to other global markets.