Mazda Unveils 2011 MX-5 Miata Special Edition at Chicago Auto Show

2011 Mazda Miata MX5 Special Edition

Limited edition model conveys luxurious side of the world’s most-beloved two-seat roadster.

CHICAGO – On the heels of its recent milestone announcement of 900,000 MX-5 Miatas being produced, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today unveiled the 2011 MX-5 Miata Special Edition, a limited-run model of only 750 units.  The Special Edition continues the MX-5’s history of being a dynamically-engineered, enthusiast-approved two seater roadster whose relatively low price doesn’t compromise the quality or handling characteristics of the car.

It is no secret that on any given weekend more Mazdas and Mazda-powered vehicles are road-raced than any other brand.  Performance and tuning are dynamically engineered into every Mazda and the MX-5 Miata Special Edition retains its sports car soul but with a few niceties not meant for the bumper-to-bumper love taps of the track.

Special Edition-exclusive interior touches include gray door trim and heated leather seats with gray stitching, a black leather-wrapped parking brake and steering wheel with contrasting gray stitching, chrome treatments to the air vents and instrument cluster as well as aluminum pedals (6MT only).  Special Edition models are only available in Sparkling Black Mica or Dolphin Gray Mica, two new MX-5 colors, and are packaged with 17-inch Bright Finish aluminum alloy wheels.

The 2011 MX-5 Miata Special Edition starts at $30,925 for the manual transmission, and $31,525 when equipped with the six-speed Sport AT automatic.

The Suspension Package, optional on Touring and Grand Touring (GT)  models, is made standard with the Special Edition and includes Bilstein® shocks, a limited slip differential (LSD) and a sport-tuned suspension.  Both the six-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter and six-speed Sport automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are available to enjoy the 167-horsepower, 140 lb-ft of torque 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (158 horsepower with the 6AT).  At only 2,593 pounds (2,619 pounds for the 6AT), the MX-5’s nearly 50:50 weight distribution, combined with its track-proven suspension and responsive power, mean the rear-wheel drive sports car is a lightweight only in terms of size, not road prowess.

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  2. Or if you really want the Cruze was shown in North American spec form as it was at the Los Angeles Auto Show debut and is offered here with a sport package developed by long-time GM tuner Irmscher. The Special Edition Cruze Irmscher is offered with either a 1.8-liter gasoline mill that puts out 141HP or you can opt for a 2.0-liter diesel with 150HP of output.


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