2012 Chicago Auto Show: Mazda MX-5 Miata special edition black-top

Consumer Reports News: February 07, 2012 03:53 PM

The latest in a long line of special-edition roadsters, the Mazda MX-5 Miata debuting at the Chicago Auto Show this week is based on the retractable hardtop version. It gets a black top and exterior trim bits, along with black leather seats and piano black interior trim. Rounding out the dark look are gunmetal black 17-inch wheels. But that’s where the black stops, because red and white are the only exterior colors offered.

Based on the range-topping Grand Touring model with Premium package, just 450 Special Edition models will be produced, equipped with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All will have keyless entry, satellite radio, and Bluetooth for hands-free calling. Manual transmission models will also get a sport suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers and a limited-slip differential.

It is worth noting that more than 900,000 Miatas have been built since the original made its debut at the Chicago show in 1989.

Visit the Mazda MX-5 Miata model page to read our road test, reliability, owner satisfaction, and other information.

Jim Travers

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