• Mar 18, 2010
Mazda MX-5 Matte and Black Special Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

We make no effort to hide the fact that we love the Mazda Miata just the way it is. In fact, it's always been just about perfect in our eyes, as evidenced by our most recent road test of the sporty little Japanese runabout. But if bright schoolbus yellow just isn't your bag, baby, may we suggest something a little more subtle?

Mazda has just rolled out the MX-5 Matte and Black Special Edition at the 21st annual Salon du Cabriolet, Coupé & SUV in Paris. Ostensibly to celebrate the Miata's 20th birthday in France, we kinda think Mazda just wanted to prove that its sportscar looks pretty darn good in the automotive equivalent of the little black dress. And boy, does it ever.

There's nothing special underhood, so the 2.0-liter four still puts out an adequate 167 horsepower. We can't say that we see them in the photos ourselves (fortunately), but design label LK by Laure Kczekotowska Paris has reportedly decked the MX-5 out in rhinestones, gems, and crystals. Ah well, nothing can be perfect. See for yourself in the image gallery below.



[Source: Mazda via Le Blog Auto]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Mazda is nice, but the lady in the pic is the real hotness. Oh fff-hawk yes!!

      Priorities, priorities, priorities!!! :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take 2 of each.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Matte finish is an acquired taste, i saw a sporty Lexus at NY Autoshow few years ago, i did not like it. Matte is just not my thang.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First time to see a Happy Gothic looking car, lol.. They are all usually emotionless or angry looking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yuk, but I'll take the girl. I wonder of Mazda realizes how many Miatas it would sell if it lowered it's prices. Nobody can tell me that Miatas cost anywhere near $25K to make and sell, yet their Mazda 3 goes for much less, yet is bigger, makes no sense at all to me.
      Same with the BIG 3. A Camaro costs more than an Impala or a Malibu? A Mustang costs more than an F150? And a Challenger costs more than a ram 4x4 with the same engine? You've got to be kidding.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More japanese crap? Will it ever end?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why put ANY chrome on this car? I've used a Military Camo Flat Black paint w/ a medium gloss hardener to get that Matte Black look, and it is a great look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the flat black paint and the smiling grille make for a really strange combination. Such a sinister finish with a happy face on it. Regardless, it's quite a looker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perfect. The car AND your comment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I had the OEM wheels on my 2007 painted black. They look great lowered on coilovers. I use 'em for my autocross rubber now but it always gets lots of comments from other trackers/auto-Xers.

        But yeah, that "smiley face" of the 2009+ models is just all wrong with that matte. If the all-new 2012 model keeps with that look, it doesn't matter how good it its - I'm gone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        that's a dude
        • 4 Years Ago
        it looks like a emo girl.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hmm... a French woman with a sword? Not original, but I'd say it's smart marketing on the part of Mazda. Shades of Joan of Arc, Marianne, and other symbols that would resonate with the average French person.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that woman and the mx-5 make for a really strange combination.
        • 4 Years Ago
        YUCK! Looks like it's in primer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Here's another confusing thing...the model is holding a sword and being aggressive with it, yet the interior has rhinestones and whatnot? So is the model supposed to be Mazda's marketing saying like "hey girls! you too can be badass like this model! imagine yourselves in this fancy new miata today!" or is it saying the typical "hey guys, check out this special mx-5, you'll be dating models in no time!"

      • 4 Years Ago
      Great looking, except if it were high gloss as a car should be, who in the hell wants flat paint, that isn't right. The woman isn't so flat at least. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      2nd picture with girl is the hotness
        • 4 Years Ago
        why is a European woman posing with a purely asian car?

        and why is there a traffic cone in the background of the first picture?
        • 4 Years Ago
        it should have been a hotter asian girl with those swards...and that matte black just looks more like a primer if anything.....AND how about a 1.5" drop
      Paul
      • 4 Years Ago
      The grill throws off the mean look. Hey at least it doesn't have the guady gold chevron that chevy does doesn't seem to realize turns off 1/2 of the would be buyers of their cars.
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