Chicago Auto Show: 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition priced at $31,225

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 8, 2012

The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition was unveiled today at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show and the Japanese manufacturer also announced the price for this sporty convertible. The bad news is that this model will be produced in a limited edition of just 450 units, but the good news is that you can own one for $31,225 for the manual transmission and $31,675 for the model equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission.

For those who don’t know, the special edition MX-5 comes with striking black accents, including an all-new black-only Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT), and will be available in two exclusive colors, Velocity Red and Crystal White Pearl.

Moreover, the special edition MX-5 also features 17-inch Black Gunmetal aluminum alloy wheels. Under the hood, we will find the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 167-horsepower, 140 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission and 158 horsepower with the 6AT. The 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition is equipped with both the Premium and Suspension packages as standard.

The Premium Package includes 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. The Suspension Package comes with Bilstein shocks, a limited slip differential (LSD) and a sport-tuned suspension.

Mazda MX-5 gets a facelift and is more fun and exciting to drive than ever. This latest version of what is considered to be the best-selling roadster in automotive history features not just more responsive braking and acceleration, but also more aggressive front-end design and enhanced pedestrian safety.

The technology specialists at Mazda fine-tuned the MX-5 manual shift model’s acceleration management program in order to improve acceleration control as well as the linear response to the throttle input at lower speeds. Moreover, optimizing the vacuum brake booster also enhances the brake return control. The upshot is better handling, much thanks to the car’s superior load distribution. You will surely appreciate these advancements the most when you brake into curves or accelerate out of them. The MX-5, which has always been great on winding roads, is now able to react more faithfully.

The newly improved Mazda MX-5 is also ahead of the curve in certain other ways. For one, its new active bonnet system raises the hood automatically upon impact involving a pedestrian, thus enlarging the crumple zone in order to prevent or minimize the severity of injuries, most especially to the head. Additionally, the front bumper’s lower section has been reinforced so as to better protect people's legs. The MX-5 is thus ready for EU’s much stringent pedestrian safety standards.

In adding all these safety features, the company’s designers likewise reworked Mazda’s legendary two-seater’s font-end. The car’s deeper grille and its new bumper design give it a lower and wider stance, as well as a more assertive face. Meanwhile, its new chin spoiler and fog lamp bezels both improve aerodynamics. The new MX-5 is available either as retractable hard-top coupe or as a classic soft-top convertible. You can also choose from eight body colors. For its interior, the car sports glossy dark grey-colored steering wheel spokes as well as panel décor that gives it a refined sporty optic.

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