Mazda unveils MX-5/Mazda2 Black Limited Editions

Article by Christian A., on July 25, 2011

Japanese carmaker Mazda has unveiled limited-edition versions of the MX-5 and the Mazda2 that takes inspiration from the world of motorsport. In particular, the MX-5 Sport Black takes its inspiration from the MX-5 GT racer that rivals Lotus, BMW and Ferrari in the Britcar Production GTN Championship.

The basis for the new road version of the MX-5 is the Sport Tech Roadster Coupé model powered by a 2.0-liter engine that delivers 160 bhp of max output and is mated to a six-speed transmission. Among its new features is a ‘Brilliant Black’ retractable hardtop roof that’s offered in three bodywork colors like metallic ‘Spirited Green’, pearlescent ‘Crystal White’ and ‘Velocity Red’ mica.

It also comes with a set of gunmetal 17-inch alloy wheels, and a black leather interior, a Piano Black steering wheel as well as several deco panel and limited-edition floor mats. This equipment specification is similar to what is offered on the Sport Tech, which includes air-con, a Bose audio system, a Bluetooth hands-free kit, cruise control as well as front fog lights.

For those who wanted to avail of this limited edition version of the MX-5, they have to hurry up. After all, there would only be 500 units of the Mazda MX-5 Sport Black that will be built. It is expected to start selling in the United Kingdom at an on-the-road price of £22,995. This means that it is priced £360 higher than the Sport Tech model.

On the other hand, the Mazda2 Black limited edition model is based on the Tamura version powered by a 1.3-liter engine delivering up to 83 bhp of motive power. The new Mazda2 Black limited edition comes with the following features: a black vinyl roof, privacy glass, front fog lights, a rear bumper sports trim and matt black, and 16-inch alloys. It also comes with an air-con, a Bluetooth hands-free kit, electric rear windows and even limited-edition floor mats.

This car will be offered in green (Spirited Green metallic) and white (Crystal White Pearlescent) shades – similar to the patterns on the MX5 – as well as in ‘True Red’.

Only 618 examples will be built for the UK market. Each example aside from the True Red version will at around £12,815 (OTR). The True Red version, on the other hand, has a starting price of £12,395 (OTR). These two limited edition versions of the Mazda2 will receive ‘Black Limited Edition’ badging and an interior plaque that’s numbered. Sales are set to start this month for these vehicles.

Press Release

MAZDA UNLEASHES TRACK-INSPIRED ‘BLACK LIMITED EDITION’ MX-5 AND MAZDA2

Inspired by the highly successful 275bhp Mazda MX-5 GT race car competing in the 2011 Britcar Production GTN Championship, Mazda has introduced two new ‘Black Limited Edition’ models – a Mazda MX-5 Sport Black and a Mazda2 Black – bringing a darker edge to Mazda’s model range.

The success of the 850kg MX-5 GT race car is that is retains the same characteristics that make the road-going Mazda MX-5 a great handling, nimble and fun-to-drive roadster. In its first year of racing the MX-5 GT has achieved two podiums and is currently third in class. The MX-5 GT race car continues to challenge convention, taking on the more powerful established race cars from Lotus, BMW and Ferrari.

The success of this year’s MX-5 race programme and the popularity of MX-5 GT has lead to the track-inspired ‘Black Limited Edition’ Mazda MX-5 and Mazda2. Available from mid-July, the Mazda MX-5 Sport Black is distinguished by unique paint finishes and an enhanced specification, offering more for a lower price than the car it’s based on. Externally the car is highlighted by a Brilliant Black powered retractable hard-top, this is in contrast with the choice of bodywork colours – Spirited Green metallic, Crystal White Pearlescent and Velocity Red mica – but compliments the dark ‘gun metal’ 17-inch alloy wheels.

The model also comes with black leather interior with contrasting ‘sand’ colour stitching, Piano Black steering wheel and deco panel, and unique ‘Black Limited Edition’ exterior badging, uniquely numbered interior plaque and Limited Edition floor mats.

The MX-5 Sport Black incorporates the generous equipment specification of the Sport Tech model, including climate control air-conditioning, a premium Bose® audio system, an integrated hands-free Bluetooth® system, cruise control and front fog lights. Owners will also benefit from the world’s fastest folding powered retractable roof, which goes up or down in 12 seconds.

Only 500 examples of the Mazda MX-5 Sport Black will be produced, each costing £22,995 (OTR), just £360 more than the 160ps, 2.0-litre, six-speed transmission Sport Tech model on which it is based.

“Special Edition models of the Mazda MX-5 have always been eagerly received by UK consumers, and the new Sport Black model takes inspiration from the MX-5 GT race car that embodies Mazda’s Defy Convention brand strategy,” comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda Motors UK. “Both the race car and road-going sportscar remain true to their roots, those of driving entertainment, great handling and fun to drive. The Sport Black model delivers a distinctive and sharper edge to our long-running star performer and as in the Britcar Production GTN Championship, it remains unrivalled as a rewarding sportscar.”

Five-door Mazda2 with attitude
Following the MX-5 Sport Black theme, the new Limited Edition Mazda2 Black five-door is also available in Spirited Green metallic, Crystal White Pearlescent and True Red. Based on the 84ps, 1.3-litre Tamura model, the Mazda2 Black adds a black vinyl roof, matt black 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, privacy glass and a rear bumper sports trim.

Inside, there is the Sports interior with climate control air-conditioning, a Parrot Bluetooth® hands-free system, electric rear windows, plus unique ‘Black Edition’ exterior badging, uniquely numbered interior plaque and Limited Edition floor mats.

Inspired again by Mazda’s convention-defying race car, just 618 examples of the Mazda2 Black will be produced, with prices starting at £12,395 (OTR) for the True Red version and £12,815 for the other metallic and pearlescent colours.

The next Britcar race takes place at the Snetterton race circuit from 13-14 August 2011.

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