A new special edition of the Mazda MX-5 goes on sale next month. The MX-5 Kuro takes some of Mazda’s current racing programs as its inspiration for a new styling package, such as the MX-5 GT4 contesting in the 2012 British GT Championship.
For those fluent in Japanese the name Kuro gives a clue to the theme. If your Japanese is as bad as mine the word means black, and that’s exactly what the Kuro adds to the MX-5’s curves. A black roof and door mirrors and a set of dark gunmetal 17-inch alloys contrast with two of the paint colours – Velocity Red Mica and Crystal White Pearlescent. Alternatively, you can go for the full ‘Kuro’ look with Brilliant Black paint.
The Kuro models are based on the MX-5 SE and Sport Tech models and can be ordered as either a 1.8 soft-top or a 2.0 hard-top. Upgrades include a restyled rear bumper under which nestles a fatter sports exhaust, new graphics inspired by the racers, some black detailing around the front grille and fog lights, plus a few ‘Kuro Edition’ badges.
On the inside the MX-5 Kuro gets treated to a makeover that includes heated leather seats, matching door inserts with contrasting red stitching, alloy pedals and climate control air-conditioning.
Only 200 of the soft-top Kuro models and 400 of the hard-top coupe will go on sale, priced at £18,495 and £21,995 respectively.
|1.8i Soft-Top||2.0i Coupe|
|Power:||126 PS||160 PS|
|Torque:||167 Nm||188 Nm|
|0-62mph:||9.9 sec||7.9 sec|
|Top Speed:||121 mph||136 mph|
|Combined mpg:||39.8 mpg||36.2 mpg|