Chicago Auto Show to get peek at Mazda Miata Special Edition

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Mazda is bringing a Special Edition of the MX-5 Miata to the Chicago Auto Show. Photo Credit: Citizenofthedeep/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA

Mazda has been producing the Miata, also called the MX-5, for more than two decades. To commemorate the longevity of the sporty little roadster, Mazda is debuting a special edition at the Chicago Auto Show with some tasty-looking additions to the trim.

More than 20 years in production

The Mazda MX-5 Miata, also called just the Miata or the MX-5, is one of the best-selling convertibles in the world. The Miata isn’t as crazy-fast as other available roadsters, but instead takes its cue from classic convertibles from decades past by putting a small engine in a small but light convertible. They are fun to drive and won’t break the bank, which is why the company has made more than 900,000 of them, according to USA Today, since the model was introduced in 1989.

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To commemorate the continuing success of the car, Mazda is going to unveil a special edition of the Miata at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, where it made its 1989 debut. The new car won’t be made in huge numbers, but is getting some unique styling cues that won’t be available on any other MX-5 model.

Black top

Most of the additions to the Special Edition Miata are aesthetic rather than mechanical. That said, they will also make the car more visually attractive. The only available engine is a 167 horsepower four-cylinder engine.

The car is based upon the Grand Touring trim, according to MotorTrend magazine. Just like the Grand Touring trim, the car has a retractable hard top, but the roof for the Special Edition will be black. The body will be available, according to Cars.com, in white or red, the first off-color top for the model.

The car also gets 17-inch black wheel rims, a piano black interior, heated black leather seats and the Premium entertainment and connectivity package. It includes remote-keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio. The car also gets the Suspension package, which adds Bilstein shocks and a sport-tuned suspension. It comes with a six-speed short-throw manual transmission or six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Still the cheapest in class

It isn’t known how much it will cost, according to the Chicago Tribune, but Mazda is only making 450 of them. That said, the Grand Touring trim with the Suspension and Premium packages comes to $31,785, which includes a $795 destination fee.

Aside from the Miata, the only other roadster, meaning a two-seat convertible, that is less than $40,000 is the MiniCooper Roadster, which starts at $25,050 for the base model, $28,050 for the Roadster S and $35,200 for the John Cooper Works model. The next cheapest roadster by any carmaker in the U.S. is the Nissan 350Z Roadster, which starts at $40,050.

Sources

USA Today

Cars.com

MotorTrend

Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/autoshow/sns-mazda-to-show-mx-5-miata-special-edition-at-c-20120206,0,4766548.story

Mazda: http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/displayHomepage.action

MiniCooper: http://www.miniusa.com/#/MINIUSA.COM-m

Nissan: http://www.nissanusa.com/


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