Green Is the New Black: Mazda Miata Racer Inspires Limited Edition Model

One would think a vehicle dubbed the “Limited Black Edition” would be painted, well, some shade of noir. But for Mazda, green is the new black, and the automaker looked to the crazy-hot (and green-hued) MX-5 GT racer for inspiration when it came time to craft its latest special edition line.

The MX-5 GT has been tearing up the track in the 2011 Britcar Production GTN Championship, and currently holds third place in its class. A product of the Jota Sport British race team, the MX-5 GT was slimmed down to featherweight form at 1783 pounds – an amazing 600 pounds less than its normal 2480 pounds.  Want one? The closest car buyers – in the U.K. at least – can get to owning one is with the MX-5 Sport Black and Mazda2 Black editions.

The limited edition treatment offers the MX-5 and Mazda2 with a darker edge and a track-ready appearance. A black retractable hard-top on the MX-5 and dark gunmetal 17-inch wheels contrast the body, with colors available in a green metallic, white pearlescent, or red mica paint. The interior resembles what most black editions would look like, with black leather seats detailed with sand color stitching. As for power, don’t expect a wild increase over stock cars: the special Miata will be equipped with a 158-hp 2.0-liter I-4, which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

In similar fashion, the Mazda2 is crowned with a black vinyl roof that contrasts the same body colors available for the MX-5. Matte black 16-inch wheels, front fog lights and sports trim on the rear bumper add finishing touches, while a 1.3-liter engine zips the micro-Mazda around with 82 hp.

While the two limited edition cars won’t crank out an impressive 275 hp like the MX-5 GT, at least they will look the part. Only 500 and 618 examples of the Miata and the Mazda2 will be produced, respectively.

Source: Mazda UK

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