Even the plucky Mazda MX-5 isn't safe from the temptation of a black edition. Mazda has just rolled out a Black Tuned Roadster in Japan, complete with a little more style than your run-of-the-mill convertible. The package is largely aesthetic thanks to the addition of a Brilliant Black retractable hard top roof and door mirrors as well as Gun Metallic 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, both the seats and the steering wheel are covered in black leather with sand-colored contrasting stitching. Mazda is only offering the Black Tuned Roadster in three colors; Spirited Green Metallic, Velocity Red Mica and Crystal White Pearl Mica. But not... ummm... black.

As befitting a retractable hard top model, the Black Tuned Roadster comes as loaded as they get with standard gear like a Bose sound system and heated front buckets. Mazda isn't saying how many of the models it plans to build, but we do know that base models come with a six-speed manual transmission while a six-speed automatic is also available. Japanese buyers can expect to shell out ¥2,904,762 for the machine (around $37,896 at current conversion rates). Hit the jump for the press release.
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Mazda Releases Special Edition 'BLACK TUNED Roadster' in Japan

- Stylish model with Power Retractable Hard Top, alloy wheels and other parts in exclusive colors -

HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation has released the Mazda Roadster BLACK TUNED, a special edition version of its iconic lightweight, two-seat, open-top sports car for the Japanese market. The special edition Roadster (known overseas as the Mazda MX-5) goes on sale today at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships nationwide.

The Mazda Roadster originally launched in 1989 and is currently sold in approximately 60 countries around the world. Total production stands at over 900,000 units and the Roadster is officially certified by Guinness World Records as the world's "Best selling two-seater sports car".

The special edition BLACK TUNED Roadster is based on the premium 'RS RHT' and 'VS RHT' model grades that feature Mazda's groundbreaking power retractable hard top (RHT). The BLACK TUNED theme is reflected in stylish special features including a Brilliant Black roof and door mirrors, and Gun Metallic 17-inch alloy wheels. Interior quality is also enhanced, with the seats and steering wheel covered in black leather with sand-colored stitching.

Three external body colors are available, including two exclusive colors – Spirited Green Metallic and Velocity Red Mica – and the popular Crystal White Pearl Mica.

Main features of the special edition Mazda Roadster BLACK TUNED
Base models
Mazda Roadster RS RHT with 2.0-liter DOHC engine and six-speed manual transmission, and Mazda Roadster VS RHT with 2.0-liter DOHC engine and six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission.
Special equipment
Power Retractable Hard Top (Brilliant Black)
17-inch alloy wheels (Gun Metallic)
Front grille garnish (Brilliant Black)
Door mirrors (Brilliant Black)
Seat back bar garnish (Brilliant Black)
Black leather seats (with sand-colored stitching)
Black door trim (with sand-colored stitching)
Decoration panel (piano black)
Leather-wrapped steering wheel (with sand-colored stitching and piano black switch bezels)
Leather-wrapped parking brake lever (with sand-colored stitching)
Front fog lights (clear) and fog light bezels (black)
Outer door handles (body-colored)
Bose® sound system (AUDIOPILOT™2) and seven speakers (no head unit)
Leather-wrapped shift knob (with chrome ring) *1
Soft pads on the side door trim arm rests (synthetic leather) *2
Soft pad on the center console lid (synthetic leather) *2
Seat heaters (with five temperature settings) *2
Front suspension tower bar (built into the cowl) *3
Factory-installed option
Six-disc CD changer with AM/FM radio/MP3/WMA*4 player and AUX jack
Exterior body colors
There is a choice of three exterior body colors: Spirited Green Metallic (exclusive), Velocity Red Mica (exclusive) and Crystal Pearl White Mica (special body color).

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      • 3 Years Ago
      *yawn* Call me with the Call of Duty 6.5: Modern Warfare 9 edition is ready.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog needs to put in one of those anti-spam processes...irritating as they are. Those programs that offer up a random distorted nonsense string that supposedly only humans can recognize.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about giving it a much-needed power bump instead of extra colors/editions. A Honda K-series-like 2.0 4cyl with about 200hp & 200-240lb would make this car an unbelievable performer. Especially since a well equipped MX-5 runs you almost $30k.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        How about concentrating on the replacement? It's due anytime and I'm sure there's more people out there than me that are patiently waiting anything we can get our hands on, whether it's spy shots or confirmed specs from Mazda...
          • 3 Years Ago
          Yeah, I don't think this "black" edition is even new, I'm sure I've seen this before about a year ago, maybe only in Europe though. Where is the new supposedly 100 kg lighter next-generation model MX-5? I'd like it if Mazda would release some status updates now and then.
      David S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mazdaspeed 3 engine, you know you wanna Mazda.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They tried, it wouldn't fit. Something about a part of the engine hitting the firewall.
          • 3 Years Ago
          It's the height of the engine too. I had a Speed6, and the top mounted intercooler makes more um..., interesting issues. I can imagine that in a MX-5, the hood is going to hit the intercooler. A V8 can fit in there, but I don't think it fits according to Mazda standards. It needs to be mounted behind the front axle.
          • 3 Years Ago
          But then others can fit a 5.0 V8 in there or even a 350. Pathetic.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does AB feel the need to include the current conversion rate when it's completely irrelevant and useless to us? It doesn't give us any idea of the extra cost of the car over a base model or whichever model the car is based on. It just gives over inflated figures to those who have no clue.
      • 3 Years Ago
      From the title, I expected a lifted Miata with 26" spinners.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess it was asking to much to make the Black edition actually black.
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        your best friend's mom just made $77 bucks riding my ***k. she, along with YOUR mom will be unable to walk for the next 9 months.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They added weight without adding power. That's a no-no for a performance model, especially one that's famous for a great power to weight ratio. Should have added a turbo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Heated front buckets but not rear??? ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
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