2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Kuro edition - white - front three-quarter view

The word "kuro" means "black" in Japanese, and several special edition kuro models have made there way to the UK from Japanese automakers in the past few years: the Nissan Juke Kuro last year and the Mazda RX-8 Kuro in 2007. Mazda has gone back to black with the MX-5 Kuro, but unlike those other cars, this one is oddly available in Crystal White Pearlescent, as well as Velocity Red Mica and Brilliant Black.

It will come in either 124-horsepower, 1.8-liter soft top or 158-hp 2.0-liter Roadster Coupe forms (read: retractable hardtop). Sportiness is the brief, but while the softie gets a five-speed manual, the Roadster Coupe bags a six-speed manual, limited-slip differential and side airbags.

Upgraded spec for both variants throws in a new rear bumper with larger exhaust tips, "race car inspired exterior" graphics, 17-inch gunmetal wheels, along with Brilliant Black side mirrors, roof and trim. Inside, the black treatment is contrasted with stone-colored leather on the heated seats, as well as red stitching and alongside alloy pedals. Climate control will come standard.

Just 200 examples of the £18,495 soft top ($28,905 U.S., inclusive of UK VAT) will be on offer when it goes on sale July 1, while 400 examples of the £21,995 Coupe Roadster ($34,375) can be had. Scroll down for a press release with more info.
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SPORTS FOCUS FOR NEW SPECIAL EDITION 'MX-5 KURO' MODELS

- Two Special Edition Mazda 'MX-5 Kuro' models on sale now, from £18,495 (OTR)
- Sports-focused styling with Black roof, Black door mirrors and dark gunmetal wheels
- Heated Stone & Black leather seats with silver deco panel with Red accents
- Soft-top and Roadster Coupe models available in three unique colours
- Representative 0% APR finance available over three years with 50% deposit


(26/06/12) -- Focusing on sports styling and acknowledging Mazda's growing involvement in motorsport – from its MX-5 GT4 contesting the 2012 British GT Championship, to the recently announced SKYACTIV diesel racing engine programme for Le Mans and the new MX-5 GT Concept road-legal trackday car being revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – a new Special Edition of the MX-5 sportscar, the 'Kuro', goes on sale on 1 July.

The name Kuro, meaning Black in Japanese, is echoed in the sporty, dark accents of this latest pair of Special Edition models. A Brilliant Black roof, Brilliant Black door mirrors and dark gunmetal 17-inch alloy wheels, contrast dramatically with the three exterior colours – Velocity Red Mica, Crystal White Pearlescent and Brilliant Black.

Based on the MX-5 SE and Sport Tech models, the Kuro will be available as a 1.8i Soft-top and a 2.0i Roadster Coupe with additional specification highlights over the donor car that also include: a diffuser-style rear sports bumper, larger diameter sports exhaust, unique race car inspired exterior graphics, Black detailing around the front grille and front fog lights, plus unique 'Kuro Edition' badging.

Inside, MX-5 Kuro has unique Stone and Black heated leather seats, Stone leather door inserts, with contrasting red stitching, a silver interior deco panel with red accents, alloy pedals, premium floor mats with race inspired logo and climate control air-conditioning.

Available until 31 July with 0% APR finance over 36 months (50% deposit) or 5.9% APR, the MX-5 1.8i Kuro Soft-top is priced at £18,495 and the MX-5 2.0i Kuro Roadster Coupe costs £21,995 (OTR).

A genuine special edition, only 200 examples of the Kuro (Soft-top) and 400 of the Kuro (Roadster Coupe) will be available in the UK.

"Special Edition models of the MX-5 are incredibly popular in the UK and now the 'Kuro' offers a unique combination of sports focused exterior styling and sophisticated leather interior fittings – in a sportscar that remains unrivalled as an exhilarating drive that can also be used everyday," comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK. "With their low running costs, enviable reliability and our current low-rate finance offers, the MX-5 Kuro duo makes a compelling ownership proposition – a thoroughly modern sportscar that people can buy with their head and their heart."

The new Kuro models have all the dynamic attributes of the world's best-selling sportscar. Featuring a front-engined, rear-wheel drive chassis to deliver perfect balance, with razor-sharp handling and pure driving exhilaration, the MX-5 has been voted 'Best Roadster' by Auto Express magazine for six years in a row.

Mazda MX-5 Kuro customers have a choice of two powertrains – the 126ps 1.8i with a five-speed gearbox (Soft-top) and the 160ps 2.0i with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission (Roadster Coupe). Like other MX-5 models, the Kuro duo combines beautifully balanced handling with lively performance – sprinting to 60mph in 9.9sec (Soft-top) and 7.9sec (Roadster Coupe), and capable of going on to reach top speeds of 121mph and 136mph respectively.

For optimum handling stability, all MX-5 models feature Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and a Traction Control System (TCS). Two-litre models are also equipped with a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) for enhanced handling precision and side airbags for added protection.

For full details of the latest promotions and finance offers visit www.mazda.co.uk/showroom/offers

Special offers until 31 July 2012
Mazda dealers are currently offering MX-5 Kuro buyers two finance packages with 0% and 5.9% APR finance, 0%-to-50% minimum deposit and up to 36 months repayment. Offers are for retail sales only on vehicles registered until 31 July 2012. Finance subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Applicants must be 18 or over. Guarantees/Indemnities may be required. Mazda Financial Services RH1 1SR.