There’s something wonderful about taking car and distilling it down to the very essence of what makes it great to begin with. Do that to a Cadillac Seville, you get a velour sofa. Do it to a GT-R, you get a robot with rocket boots. Do it to the new Miata, and you get this: the Miata Club Edition.

Here’s what Mazda has just told us the Club Edition will have:

The MX-5 Club heightens performance with trim-level exclusive:

17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels wrapped in 205/45R17 tires

Limited-slip differential when equipped with SKYACTIV-MT

Bilstein shocks when equipped with SKYACTIV-MT

Shock tower brace when equipped with SKYACTIV-MT Front air dam and rear lip spoilers

So, wheels, limited-slip diff, uprated suspension with tower brace — sounds pretty great. What else, press release?

Also available for the MX-5 Club is a package that equips the roadster with forged lightweight BBS 17-inch wheels, Brembo front brakes and functional aerodynamic side sill extensions and rear bumper skirt that were previewed at the Chicago Auto Show and on the MX-5 Global Cup race car.

Sure, stopping’s important, too, so that makes sense. How about a quote from someone important. Got one of those for me?

“MX-5 is the heart and soul of Mazda, serving as a beacon for the rest of our lineup with its fun-to-drive dynamics, design and technologies,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. “Jinba Ittai—oneness between driver and machine—defines the MX-5. It’s a philosophy that has led every decision we’ve made toward bringing the MX-5 back to the basics that made drivers fall in love with it 26 years ago when the first generation debuted.”

Great, great.

Okay, so, not really a huge surprise here — Mazda’s taken the MX-5 and given it some sensible performance parts to make it more fun and more suited to competitive driving. Power’s still at a very reasonable 155 HP — I think that seems just about right for the car, for most of us mortals.

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Styling differences appear to be limited to the aero side still extensions and maybe the scale of your smile as you drive like a loon.

I am a bit disappointed there wasn’t some significant weight-loss program. In fact, I’d almost rather have seen some slightly over-dramatic and faintly absurd weight saving ploys like fabric door pulls or something over this list of electronic gadgets the Club has:

Standard equipment on MX-5 Club models includes MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system with a seven-inch color touchscreen display and multi-function commander control, HD and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, two USB ports, piano black side mirrors and seatback bars and a nine-speaker Bose audio system with headrest speakers.

... but I guess that’s part of having a track car you can use every day.

Pricing over the base Miata price of $24, 915 has not yet been announced.

Damn, this looks like a lot of fun.