Making its first appearance in Chicago, the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition adds a bit more visual interest and exclusivity to the world's best-selling two-seat roadster. Based on the primo MX-5 Grand Touring Power Retractable Hardtop (PRHT) model, this limited-run offering complements Crystal White Pearl or Velocity Red primary exterior colors with a Black roof. It's the first time the MX-5 PHRT has been offered with this type of two-tone motif here in North America.

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Beyond its contrasting top, the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition also wears unique 17-inch Black Gunmetal alloy wheels and boasts an assortment of black exterior accents. Inside, this maximum Miata features heated black leather seats and distinctive Piano Black trim bits. Buyers of the MX-5 Special Edition can match its 167-horsepower/2.0-liter engine with either a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic that features paddle shifters on the multifunction sport steering wheel. The car also comes with the Premium and Suspension Packages, the latter including Bilstein shock absorbers and a limited-slip differential as part of its sport-spec chassis tuning.

The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition will go on sale at the end of the month, and the production run will be limited to a total of 450 units. Pricing for cars with the manual transmission will start at $32,020 while autoshifted MX-5 Miata Special Editions will open at $32,160.

The Chicago Auto Show has played a significant role in the history of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. This was where the car made its U.S. debut in 1989. To help commemorate that event, the 15th production Miata ever built -- a first-gen 1990 model with just 44 miles on its odometer - will join the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition on the Mazda stand.


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