Mazda to unveil 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition at the Chicago Auto Show

Article by Anita Panait, on February 3, 2012

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will launch the 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition at the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Based on the Grand Touring model, the MX-5 Special Edition features a black-only Power Retractable Hard Top, new 17-inch black gunmetal alloy wheels, black exterior accents, black heated leather seats and piano black interior finishes.

The limited edition car will also come in two new exterior finishes. MX-5 Miata Special Edition comes in two available transmissions: a six-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter, a six-speed Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Mazda will both offer the Premium and Suspension packages on the MX-5 Special Edition, and include features like Bluetooth hands-free phone system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Bilstein shocks and a sport-tuned suspension.

The MX-5 Miata, first released in 1989, has proven to be a legendary roadster in terms of luxury and price.  Mazda proved back then that a sports car does not need to be expensive in order to be luxurious. As a result, the MX-5 Miata became and is currently the world's best-selling two-seat roadster with more than 900,000 units rolled out.

MNAO will also display at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show its Turbo2 Concept, which debuted at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November 2011. The Turbo2 concept is the brainchild of The Autobarn, which operates two Mazda dealerships in the Greater Chicago area. The subcompact concept is basically a "Zoom-Zoom Concentrated" Mazda2, outfitted with MAZDASPEED3 MZR 2.3-liter Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) turbo engine.

Considered as one of the best-selling roadsters in history, the newly enhanced Mazda MX-5 has become more exciting than before! With impressive aesthetic design features and advanced engineering techniques, the MX-5 offers a more responsive performance in terms of acceleration and braking. That is aside from its smart and powerful front design character and its substantially improved pedestrian safety features.

Engineers introduced technological alterations and improvements in the acceleration system of Mazda’s manual-shift models to provide better acceleration control and a more responsive throttle input at lower speeds. The braking system also underwent recalibration for better braking power and control, which was achieved by improving its vacuum brake booster. All these improvements, together with the MX-5’s superior front-rear load distribution system, result in an excellent overall handling performance for the MX-5. And what better way to appreciate these latest technological improvements, specifically its invigorated breaking and acceleration prowess, than to negotiate tightly curved roads, one of the Mazda MX-5’s notable fortés.

Preventing pedestrian injuries

The enhanced Mazda MX-5 is also ahead of the pack when it comes to its safety features, particularly its new Active Bonnet System which automatically and almost instantaneously pops the hood upwards to cushion the impact on a pedestrian in the event of a pedestrian collision. This prevents, or at the very least lessens the seriousness of injuries to a pedestrian, specifically to the pedestrian’s head. Additionally, the lower portion of the MX-5’s front fender has also been reinforced with energy-absorbing materials to lessen the impact on a pedestrian’s legs, thus making the Mazda MX-5 more than ready to comply with the strict EU Pedestrian Safety Standards.

The Mazda MX-5 has also implemented redesigning works for its facade. With more depth and character added to its grille, and the complementing design of the new front bumper, the MX-5 exudes a low and wide stealth-like stance for a smarter, more assertive, sporty look. And to further improve its aerodynamics, new fog lamp bezels and a sleek chin spoiler were added.

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