Mazda MX-5 Black Tuned Roadster

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).