Behold, the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition. The Japanese automaker will officially unveil the limited-production Miata under the lights of the 2012 Chicago Auto Show later today, featuring new goodies like a contrasting black retractable hard top and 17-inch gunmetal wheels.

This is the first time in the vehicle's history that the MX-5 Miata has been available with a non-matching hard top in the States. Mazda will only produce 450 units, and each one carries black leather heated seats with contrasting stitching as well as piano black trim panels indoors. Outside, buyers can choose between two exclusive colors: Velocity Red and Crystal White Pearl.

If you want one as badly as we do, Mazda will kindly ask you to hand over $31,225 for models boasting a six-speed manual transmission or $31,675 if you want the automatic (you don't). That cash will buy you a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 158 horsepower pushing a 2,593-pound vehicle and all of the niceties that come with Grand Touring trim. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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MAZDA DEBUTS 2012 MX-5 MIATA SPECIAL EDITION AT CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Limited-Run Model of World's Most Popular Roadster Offers Edgier Look at Two Seats of Luxury

CHICAGO (February 8, 2012) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today unveiled its 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition, a limited-run model of only 450 units in the United States. With striking black accents, including an all-new black-only Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT), the Special Edition model evokes powerful luxury, with a playful wink. Dynamically engineered and enthusiast approved, the MX-5 Special Edition continues the roadster's history of being small but quick, performance-minded but affordable, uncomplicated but amenity-rich.

Available in two exclusive colors, Velocity Red and Crystal White Pearl, the Special Edition model is based on the Grand Touring model equipped with a PRHT – still one of the industry's fastest power-operated retractable hard tops at 12 seconds. Other exterior changes over the Grand Touring model include black outside mirrors, body-colored door handles and black trim surrounding the front grille and fog lamp assembly. Equipped with a body-colored-contrasting black PRHT (a first for North America) and outfitted with 17-inch Black Gunmetal aluminum alloy wheels, the 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition delicately balances the menacing nature of black to create a vehicle that is as imposing as it is sleek, sexy and simply a thrill to toss into tight corners.

The PRHT is the head-cover of choice for the Special Edition model due to its popularity and adaptability in both warm and winter climates, which is why hard tops outsell soft-top models 4:1 worldwide. In both soft- and hard-top models, no trunk space is compromised during stowage for when occupants prefer an open-air experience.

The interior further complements the exterior's refined elegance with a tastefully appointed cabin featuring supple black leather upholstery with contrasting gray stitching on the heated seats, door trim, steering wheel and parking brake. Piano black panels were added onto the steering wheel spokes as well as to the dash. The roll bar garnish also is now black with an alloy pedal set to add the finishing touch.

Both the six-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter and six-speed Sport automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are available to enjoy the 167-horsepower, 140 lb-ft of torque 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (158 horsepower with the 6AT). At only 2,593 pounds (2,619 pounds for the 6AT), the MX-5's nearly 50:50 weight distribution, combined with its track-proven suspension and response power, means the two-seat roadster is a lightweight only in terms of size, not road prowess.

Being its largest market, there is no lack of interest in the U.S. for premium accessories – more than 75 percent of Grand Touring models sold are equipped with the Premium Package. The 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition is equipped with both the Premium and Suspension packages as standard.

The Premium Package includes a Bluetooth® hands-free phone, SIRIUS® Satellite Radio with a four-month complimentary subscription, xenon headlights, an anti-theft alarm and the Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System.

For non-errand expeditions, the Suspension Package will only further accentuate the rear-wheel-drive wild child beneath the MX-5's subdued sheet metal. The package includes Bilstein shocks, a limited slip differential (LSD) and a sport-tuned suspension.

The 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition starts at $31,225 for the manual transmission and at $31,675 when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle will be available in dealer showrooms by the end of February.


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      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now that my '06 is out of warranty, it's time for a supercharger from Moss. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaw!
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      158 HP? That means it could be an automatic. Personally, I would still get the base sport or touring with 5 MT or 6 MT for less money. That's what the MX5 is all about. But, i think this special looks really pretty in red.
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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      For $31k, could we at least get an engine within the 200hp mark for god's sake!?
      Abe
      • 2 Years Ago
      WAAAY too much money
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would rather buy a used Evo 9 for that money. 300+ hp, AWD, serious suspension. This car lacks everything but the nice suspension. Only a fan would buy it..... otherwise there's better vehicles for the price.
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        Zoidberg
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        @AcidTonic
        Evo is a great car but honestly, its played out. ill rather be unique then fit in with the crowd.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Yea, this car isn't an "extreme car" like the Evo. /sarcasm
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        @AcidTonic
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      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      tha'ts a bit pricey for a miata sorry mazda :(
      jayss2k07
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the MX-5, but this Special Edition version is a lot of cabbage for the basic package. This is basically a trim kit. The price is awfully close to the suggested retail price of my S2000 when I got it in 2007. Although I have thought that the MX-5 has a sweet gearbox and it's a lovely handling roadster, it's still 70 bhp down on my S2000.
        Jorsher
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        @jayss2k07
        I also have an S2000 (2008, Chicane Silver, black/red interior, CR wheels), and yeah it doesn't really seem worth the money. I'm sure there's plenty that'll pay the price for the "special edition," but HA only 158hp for a car that weighs nearly as much as the 240hp S2000? Sweet gearbox, sure, but I'm very pleased with the one in the S... To be fair, what the Miata loses with an inferior engine, and looks, it gains with a much larger and cheaper aftermarket than the S2000, although I still don't regret my choice.
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      Stinkyboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      that's a lot of coin for 158 HP
      Jaybird248
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's long past time for a new Miata, and one that adheres to the original formula of simplicity, low weight and low price. This car is too fat, too expensive, and underpowered for its size and mass. The car has also gotten uglier over the years compared to the classic first gen design. I've got a '91 recently repainted "arrest me red" and I get compliments on it all the time.,, one the other day from a third gen MX-5 owner. C'mon, Mazda. Get back to where you once belonged.
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        @Jaybird248
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          You guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          The next MX-5 is supposed to be 2200, if the rumors are true.
      slap
      • 2 Years Ago
      The engine in the 2012 Miata is 167 HP - the 158 HP must be a mistake.
      bobmarley
      • 2 Years Ago
      $31,675 No thanks!
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