Chicago 2012: 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition is a Celebration on Wheels

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a well-loved little roadster, and it's no surprise that Mazda has sold 900,000 of them worldwide. To celebrate this milestone, U.S. customers are getting a treat -- the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition.

Although only a cosmetic kit, the Special Edition trim will be the only U.S.-spec Miata to receive a contrast-painted power-retractable hard top, in this case black. Two color options are available: Velocity Red and Crystal White Pearl and the interior gains piano black trim along with grey-stitched, heated, black leather seats. If the color-contrasting top wasn't enough to tell the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition apart from other Miatas, make sure to look for the 17-inch black gunmetal alloy wheels, black mirror covers, and black grille and foglight surrounds.

The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition is based on the top-spec Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring with Power Retractable Hard Top, kitted out with the Premium and Suspension packages. Goodies include keyless entry, satellite radio, xenon headlights, Bilstein shocks, and a limited-slip differential, among others. Power from the 2.0-liter I-4 remains the same as in other Miatas -- 167 hp for cars with the six-speed manual transmission and 158 hp with the six-speed automatic.

Just 450 of these special Miatas will be built, retailing for $32,020 for manual-equipped cars and $32,470 with an automatic, with destination included. Orders begin at the end of February, so hot-foot it over to a Mazda dealer if you want to snap one up.

For more on the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our Chicago Show homepage.

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