• Feb 10, 2011
2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition - Click above for high-res image gallery

In the market for a new MX-5 Miata, but want a bit more exclusivity? Check out the 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition, as the new range-topping droptop should fit the bill perfectly.

Based off of a fully-loaded power retractable hard top Grand Touring model and limited to just 750 units by Mazda, the Special Edition is most easily spotted by its Sparkling Black Mica or Dolphin Gray Mica exterior paint and bright-finish 17-inch alloy wheels. The interior sports gray upholstery, chrome accents and aluminum pedals (6MT only). Unique underpinnings include the MX-5's standard Suspension Package with Bilstein shocks, a limited-slip differential and sport-tuned dampers. Motivating the 2,593-pound two-seater is Mazda's 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 167 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque (158 horsepower with the 2,619-pound 6AT).

If the specs catch your fancy, be prepared to shell out $30,925 for the manual transmission model or $31,525 for the six-speed automatic.



Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL


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      Eric
      • 3 Years Ago
      The people freaking out about "30k for a Miata!!" obviously have never driven a Miata. 1.) Test track numbers (0-60, 1/4mile, etc.) don't tell how much fun and or rewarding a car is to drive. So this argument that it’s somehow a rip-off because you can get other cars that put down better numbers at a similar price is just none sense / ignorance. 2.) Yes the MX-5 Miata weighs more but it's still the quickest Miata to date because of a superior "power to weight ratio". Regardless if you’ve driven one you’d know that it feels anything put heavy and or slow. 3.) The fact that other cars in its price range put down better numbers doesn't mean the MX-5 is priced too high. In fact all things considered the 2011 MX-5 Miata is a massive bargain. If you've ever driven one you'd understand. 4.) Yeah you can get a 370z for not much more but it isn't nearly as fun to drive plus it's lacking in many other areas. Besides, 0-60, 1/4 mile times shouldn't matter so much unless you’re racing your daily driver for a living. The bottom line is that the MX-5 Miata is anything but a rip-off / overpriced.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone will complain about the price, but I'm sure all 750 of them find a home, just as the 3rd gen limited did in 2006, the Mazdaspeeds did in 2004/05, and the 10th Anniversary Editions did in 1999.

        • 3 Years Ago
        FYI, here's the rundown on the complete package:

        Mazda is pleased to introduce the new MX-5 Miata Special Edition for 2011 MY. The MX-5 Special Edition is based on the Grand Touring Power
        Retractable Hardtop model and comes standard with the Premium Package (A/T & M/T) & the Suspension Package (M/T only) equipment.
        Additionally, the vehicle offers two new exterior colors combined with a unique interior that will surely be a hit with consumers looking for a
        unique and luxuriously equipped Power Retractable Hardtop MX-5. Order early as production is limited to 750 units.

        Job #1 Timing: January, 2011
        Volume: 750 units

        Product Assumption:
        Base model: Grand Touring Power Retractable Hardtop (MXR) with Premium & Sport Package*

        Transmission(s): Available on both Automatic & Manual Transmission(s)
        Exterior (In addition to GT model):
        Body color: Sparkling Black Mica & Dolphin Gray Mica
        Strut tower Bar: Bright Finish/Painted
        Wheels: Bright Finish/Painted 17” wheels

        Interior (In addition to GT model):
        Air vent side louvers: Chrome
        Door trim: Gray w/ Gray stitching
        Leather heated seats: Gray w/ Gray stitching
        Meter ring surround: Chrome
        Parking brake lever: Black Leather w/ Gray stitching
        Steering wheel Black Leather w/ Gray stitching
        Pedal Set Aluminum Brake, Accelerator & Clutch (M/T) Pedal

        Premium Package Equipment (Standard equipment on both Automatic and Manual Transmission SE Models):
        Anti-theft alarm
        Bluetooth® hands-free phone
        Dynamic Stability Control w/Traction Control
        Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System
        SIRIUS® Satellite Radio w/6-month subscription
        Xenon headlights

        *Suspension Package Equipment (Standard equipment on Manual Transmission SE Model):
        Sport tuned suspension
        Bilstein® Shocks
        Limited slip differential

        Port Packages/Accessories:
        All Weather Floor Mats
        Fuel Door, Chrome
        Wheel Locks
      • 3 Years Ago
      The price isn't even the most shocking part of this article. The most shocking thing is that this Miata weighs 2,600 lbs. How could Mazda let their famously tiny little roadster get so damn fat? That's only 200 lbs lighter than my 4 door sedan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh, I didn't really consider compact sedans, I was thinking more along the lines of full size cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ah, yeah, you're right on those, they're all 2 ton behemoths.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Brilliant little car. Price is too high for hp/tq.

      Sorry but in the low thirties you're talking 300hp+ AWD STIs and EVO territory. Not to mention the more direct FT-86 is supposed to come in mid twenties with 200hp base and similar weight.

      The best miata is a used miata. I saw a 2010 with 2k miles on it for 14k on craigslist.
        • 3 Years Ago
        My favorite is the 1990 for $1900 with 91,000 miles. All the fun, less of the cost.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you're complaining about the Miata not having 300hp, you're misunderstanding the purpose for the Miata's existence.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh, if you really want a track car, get a used BMW M Coupe for 27k and spend the other 3k on a second set of tires. Most pure driving experience in existence.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you really want a track car...low 30's gets you a 370Z with the Sport package. Miata or Z? Hmm...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mazda, lower that price by 8K and we'll talk. Do you realize what other performance cars you can get for that price? No amount of fancy dolphin-colored paint (and other small goodies) will make it worth the price.

      FAIL
        Eric
        • 3 Years Ago
        The people freaking out about "30k for a Miata!!" obviously have never driven a Miata. 1.) Test track numbers (0-60, 1/4mile, etc.) don't tell how much fun and or rewarding a car is to drive. So this argument that it’s somehow a rip-off because you can get other cars that put down better numbers at a similar price is just none sense / ignorance. 2.) Yes the MX-5 Miata weighs more but it's still the quickest Miata to date because of a superior "power to weight ratio". Regardless if you’ve driven one you’d know that it feels anything put heavy and or slow. 3.) The fact that other cars in its price range put down better numbers doesn't mean the MX-5 is priced too high. In fact all things considered the 2011 MX-5 Miata is a massive bargain. If you've ever driven one you'd understand. 4.) Yeah you can get a 370z for not much more but it isn't nearly as fun to drive plus it's lacking in many other areas. Besides, 0-60, 1/4 mile times shouldn't matter so much unless you’re racing your daily driver for a living. The bottom line is that the MX-5 Miata is anything but a rip-off / overpriced.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mazda is cheating this occasion. This car in that price range should have the mazdaspeed book opened to it, and should be on a diet.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Who in the their right mind would shell out $31K for a different-colored Miata!? (There are tons of aftermarket limited-slip diff choices as well) I used to own a 2006 and loved it for it's fun-factor, but I bought it used and would never even consider paying that much for a new one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Having raced a number of Miata's in Autocross and on open track days...

        With the current power output, an LSD is almost not even necessary. I've been in a couple of cars with aftermarket forced induction that needed one badly, but not at a pathetic 167 horses.

        This whole point of the this car is being affordable and fun to drive. This car misses on one count while fulfilling the other.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Other than those added trims and upgrades, the Miata's power should have been increased to at least 225 hp. Then, the price will be more acceptable.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Aside from that, I'd prefer a Sunburst Yellow with a wood interior trim and gold spoked polished wheels.
      • 3 Years Ago
      30K for a Miata? No thanks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's kind of a boring color scheme for this car, no? It's not unattractive, just sort of blah.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They would have to add 75 to 100 direct-injected and/or turbocharged horses to get that much outta my hands for another MX-5. Great little $24K car, though!
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM must be wishing that they had not killed the Kappa platform.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some SEs I would love.

      Some SEs, I wouldn't choose over a regular BTO Miata.

      This is one of the latter, not the former.

      Why buy a winter-grey Miata convertible with no other benefit? Just to "say" it is an SE?

      I'd buy a red one or something attractive, and outfit it like this, or better, and have a better car.

      Or more likely, just keep the classic red 99 I have for now.
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