At this year’s Chicago Auto Show, Mazda celebrated a milestone in the life of their beloved MX-5 Miata-900,000 cars built to date-with a new Special Edition model. Only 750 cars will be built. Special Edition interior features will include grey door trim, heated leather seats with grey stitching, chrome accents, and aluminum pedals (manual tranny cars only). The Special Edition is available in two new colors, Sparkling Black Mica and Dolphin Grey Mica. 17″ alloys come standard.
The Special Edition is built off the top-spec Miata, and includes as standard equipment the power retractable hardtop and Suspension Package, which includes Bilstein shocks, limited slip differential, and more aggressive suspension tuning. No changes to the drivetrain, which means a 2.0L four rated ay 167hp when paired to the six-speed manual, and 158hp with the six-speed automatic. A manual MX-5 Special Edition will run you $30,925USD, while an automatic costs $$31,525.
I do find it peculiar that Mazda chooses to celebrate their sports car, which debuted with the looks of a Lotus Elan, the basic goodness of an MGB, and well, the reliability of a Mazda with a luxe version. Yet in Mazda’s press release, the emphasis was on the affluent buyer, the notion of a Miata being a third car. No one will ever call a Miata practical, but wasn’t part of the fun that this was a car you could use every day if you were so inclined? So, I ask you, dear reader-did Mazda lose the script in celebrating its sports car by going upscale? Did they contradict the Miata’s mission?