• Dec 22, 2006
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Mazda has announced a new "paint & wheels" package for the Roadster (MX-5) in the Japanese market. Dubbed the "Blaze Edition," it's available in two colors -- Radiant Ebony Mica (shown) or Highland Green Mica, and features lightweight forged BBS wheels plus a host of other model-specific trim elements such as clear markers and turn signals, chrome exterior trim, aluminum cabin accents and a sand beige leather interior.

The package can be had for either the traditional ragtop or the new power retractable hardtop, and prices range from ¥2,840,000 to ¥3,135,000 depending on the trim/roof/tranny combo it's applied to. Looks good to us, and we're digging the rims in particular.

If you're in Japan, you can place your order now.

[Source: Mazda]

PRESS RELEASE:
Mazda Unveils Special Edition Roadster for the Japanese Market

- Premium sport 'Blaze Edition' roadster features extensive quality enhancements inside and out -

HIROSHIMA, Japan--Mazda Motor Corporation today announced the launch of the special edition Mazda Roadster Blaze Edition for the Japanese domestic market. Mazda's world-renowned lightweight, open-top sports car has been newly outfitted with top-quality interior and exterior features. The Blaze Edition soft-top model goes on sale from today at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers throughout Japan, with the Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT) version following in April 2007.

The Roadster Blaze Edition takes its name from related words such as "sparkle," "blinding light," and "fiery color," and the images they evoke. It reflects these expressive words in its exterior, which has been enhanced by the addition of special parts, such as forged alloy wheels, which were produced by BBS Japan Co. Ltd. The Blaze Edition also features many chrome and clear parts and an exclusive deep wine-red body color, Radiant Ebony Mica. In contrast, a combination of sand beige and black leather is used extensively for the interior. Accented with various alloy parts to maximize the high-quality feel, the Blaze Edition is both sporty and elegant.

The manufacturer's suggested retail prices (including consumption tax) for the soft-top models are 2,840,000 yen for the six-speed manual transmission (MT) version and 2,870,000 yen for the six-speed automatic transmission (AT) version. The prices for the Power Retractable Hard Top models are 3,040,000 yen for the six-speed MT version and 3,135,000 yen for the six-speed AT version.

Main features of the Roadster Blaze Edition

Base Models
  • Roadster (soft-top model) RS six-speed MT and VS six-speed AT
  • Roadster Power Retractable Hard Top RS RHT six-speed MT and VS RHT six-speed AT [all with 2.0-liter DOHC engine/ front-engine, rear wheel drive (RWD)]

Special equipment

Exterior
  • Forged 17-inch alloy wheels which were made by BBS Japan Co. Ltd.

    These wheels were exclusively designed with a chrome finish for maximum impact. Lighter than the base model roadster's wheels, they contribute to improved driving performance. (N.B. The 6-speed AT grade features both an increased diameter 'inch-up' wheel rims and a front strut towerbar.)
  • Exclusive chrome parts
    Used for side markers, front grille garnish*, outer door handle covers* and headlight bezels*
  • Exclusive clear parts
    Used for front indicators, side marker lenses and high-mounted brake light*
  • Black cloth soft-top (soft-top model only)
  • Front fog lights and fog light bezels (black)
*Note: These are standard equipment on the base models, Roadster RS RHT and VS RHT.

Interior

  • Exclusive sand beige leather seats and door trim
    Sand beige genuine leather seat upholstery and sand beige synthetic leather door trim
  • Exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel and parking brake covers (with beige stitching)
  • Exclusive shift boot (with beige stitching; for the six-speed MT model only)
  • Exclusive air vent bezel rings and dial rings (bright aluminum)
  • Decoration panel (bright aluminum)
  • Stainless steel scuff plates

Body colors
Radiant Ebony Mica is exclusive to the Roadster Blaze Edition. The deep green Highland Green Mica that has recently been added to the standard model color range is also available, making for a total of two color choices available for this special edition Roadster.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      How about a nicer shape to wrap that paint around?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I traded an '04 GTO for my '06 MX5 Miata GT; my first open top sports car. Bright red/black leather/black cloth top. Recently, I drove the Retractable Hard Top (to see if it was quiter/warmer for MN winters -no). My assessment of Mazda's efforts to improve this car?
      -Forget the development $ that goes into a complicated (yet excellent) RHT, who cares about subtly different special wheels, slightly shinier paint, glitzier interior apliques, etc. Give me louder/lighter exhaust, better suspension, and a DISI 2.3 Turbo!

      (Also a Mazdaspeed6 owner here...)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now that I am spoiled looking at the wine colored blaze edition with tan interior (only available in Japan) how can I settle for one of the boring colors offered in the U.S.?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very nice - love the colors. The Ebony & Green Mica's are reminiscent of Merlot Mica & British Racing Green, respectively, early exclusive MX-5's.
      • 8 Years Ago
      One may think that Rap Sux loves this car. She seems to think it's very appealing.

      Personaly I like it a lot anyway. The colour is unique and the special trim is not over done. I think the name "Miata" will stay even if Mazda shun's it. Japanese quality in a British car. The MGB had to many quirks and unreliable but still fun to drive. The best of two worlds.
      • 8 Years Ago
      MX-5/Miata is the most raced car in the USA. Amateur car racing has never had as much success with any other car. No Camaros, nope no Mustangs either. If the real men want to be afraid looking like a girl then maybe they should try going to the race track sometime. Definition: "Oh it's a chick's car" really means "I'm a scared little boy who needs everyone's validation that I'm a real man's man." Go on big guys continue to buy your PEV's...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know about any of you but the more I look at the Miata the more I begin to like it. It just seems to exemplify class, whereas the Solstice and Sky just seem to look more and more like a trendy plasticky gimmick with no substance. What the Miata really needs is the 2.3l turbo from the mazdaspeed3.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've been tempted to try a MX5 based on great reviews but just can't get past the chick car look.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You can call it whatever manly name you want: it still screams "GIRL'S CAR."
      • 8 Years Ago
      9. Mazda engineered the power numbers for a reason. Its never intended to be a powerhouse. More power would mean more parts, bigger parts, higher compression parts, which would mean more weight (the 3rd gen mx-5 weighs only 340lbs more than the original from 1989), more stress on parts, more money, less reliability.

      Honestly, I think if the MX-5 had a turbo or supercharger it would be less popular. The MX-5 is all about power to weight, balance and being at one with the car. I'm not saying you can't have that with 250hp, but thats not what its about. And they're obviously doing something right, because after almost 20 years its still an incredibly popular sports car, that has caused/inspired other car companies to say "we need to make a miata killer! (sky/solstice)".

      What mazda *needs* to do (imo) is make a shooting brake similar to the m-coupe. Take the rx-8 or mazdaspeed3 engine and put it in a 2 door hatch with the miata suspension and balance, along with rwd.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ben, the 2.3l turbo from the mazdaspeed3 and MS6 are transverse engines driving fwd and awd systems. The RWD miata would need something different. But, yeah, more power please, especially with the Sky/Solstice GXP out there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3. I agree, the The MX-5 could really use the power levels of the MS 3 / MS 6 engine, but it doesn't have the same characteristics that would fit the miata.

      After 6k RPM power all but disappears, the miata needs something that keeps going all the way up to redline. Maybe a slightly larger turbo and lower boost to get around the same HP numbers? Or maybe the head just doesn't flow for crap? Who knows. Look at the MS3 dyno chart, it's very impressive until the power takes a SHARP nosedive, that extra 800rpm or whatever is completely useless :(
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