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By Ketan Patel

Mazda MX 5 Kuro Special Edition 2012 Review

One of the bestselling two-seater roadsters recently received yet another special edition in the UK. Dubbed the Mazda MX-5 Kuro Special Edition, the new addition to the already large MX-5 family brings along with it a handful of aesthetical changes both inside and out. The Kuro is available in both soft-top and hard-top flavors and both come with a different price-tag and slightly different features.

The new model is offered with two engine variants, a 1.8 liter unit developing 126 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine developing 167 horsepower and 158 lb-ft of torque. The 1.8 liter unit is mated with a five-speed gearbox and it is available on the soft-top model. The 2.0 liter on the other hand comes with a six-speed manual transmission and is available only in the hard-top version.

Performance wise the soft-top version can go from 0.60 in 9.9 seconds and has a top speed of 121 mph, whereas the hard-top version goes to 60 mph from a standstill in 7.9 seconds whilst boasting a top speed of 136 mph.

The MX-5 is well known for its balanced handling and high stability, all this being achieved with the help of features such as Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control System. In addition, the 2.0 liter hard-top also comes with Limited Slip Differential delivering an even higher precision in handling, as well as a set of side air-bags for a higher level of safety.

On the exterior the limited edition MX-5 comes with a new set of 17 inch alloy wheels and a new rear sport bumper accompanied by a larger sport exhaust system. Considering the fact that "Kuro" means "black" in the Japanese language (or "fuel" in Lithuanian, and who knows what else in other languages), the new special edition comes with a black roof and black door mirrors, and the 17-inch alloy wheels have also been painted in dark gunmetal. However, the Kuro does not come painted only in black and in fact the carmaker offers a choice of three colors including Red Mica, Brilliant Black and Crystal White Pearlescent.

Inside, the roadster is offered with unique heated seats wrapped in Stone and Black leather, Stone leather door inserts and a silver interior deco panel, everything being contrasted by red stitching and red accents. Furthermore the special edition comes with a climate control air-conditioning system and alloy pedals.

In case the Mazda MX-5 Kuro Special Edition 2012 caught your attention then grab it while it's hot because only 200 soft-top units will be available in the UK for the price of £18,495, and only 400 hard-top variants wearing a price-tag of £21,995. That's not a lot for a limited-edition model considering the fact that the standard BMW 1-Series Convertible would set you back roughly £25,000.

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  • Two Special Edition Mazda ‘MX-5 Kuro’ models on sale now, from £18,495 (OTR)
  • Sports-focused styling with Black roof, Black door mirrors and dark gunmetal wheels
  • Heated Stone & Black leather seats with silver deco panel with Red accents
  • Soft-top and Roadster Coupe models available in three unique colours
  • Representative 0% APR finance available over three years with 50% deposit

Focusing on sports styling and acknowledging Mazda’s growing involvement in motorsport – from its MX-5 GT4 contesting the 2012 British GT Championship, to the recently announced SKYACTIV diesel racing engine programme for Le Mans and the new MX-5 GT Concept road-legal trackday car being revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – a new Special Edition of the MX-5 sportscar, the ‘Kuro’, goes on sale on 1 July.

The name Kuro, meaning Black in Japanese, is echoed in the sporty, dark accents of this latest pair of Special Edition models. A Brilliant Black roof, Brilliant Black door mirrors and dark gunmetal 17-inch alloy wheels, contrast dramatically with the three exterior colours – Velocity Red Mica, Crystal White Pearlescent and Brilliant Black.

Based on the MX-5 SE and Sport Tech models, the Kuro will be available as a 1.8i Soft-top and a 2.0i Roadster Coupe with additional specification highlights over the donor car that also include: a diffuser-style rear sports bumper, larger diameter sports exhaust, unique race car inspired exterior graphics, Black detailing around the front grille and front fog lights, plus unique ‘Kuro Edition’ badging.

Inside, MX-5 Kuro has unique Stone and Black heated leather seats, Stone leather door inserts, with contrasting red stitching, a silver interior deco panel with red accents, alloy pedals, premium floor mats with race inspired logo and climate control air-conditioning.

Available until 31 July with 0% APR finance over 36 months (50% deposit) or 5.9% APR, the MX-5 1.8i Kuro Soft-top is priced at £18,495 and the MX-5 2.0i Kuro Roadster Coupe costs £21,995 (OTR).

A genuine special edition, only 200 examples of the Kuro (Soft-top) and 400 of the Kuro (Roadster Coupe) will be available in the UK.

“Special Edition models of the MX-5 are incredibly popular in the UK and now the ‘Kuro’ offers a unique combination of sports focused exterior styling and sophisticated leather interior fittings – in a sportscar that remains unrivalled as an exhilarating drive that can also be used everyday,” comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK. “With their low running costs, enviable reliability and our current low-rate finance offers, the MX-5 Kuro duo makes a compelling ownership proposition – a thoroughly modern sportscar that people can buy with their head and their heart.” 

The new Kuro models have all the dynamic attributes of the world’s best-selling sportscar. Featuring a front-engined, rear-wheel drive chassis to deliver perfect balance, with razor-sharp handling and pure driving exhilaration, the MX-5 has been voted ‘Best Roadster’ by Auto Express magazine for six years in a row.

Mazda MX-5 Kuro customers have a choice of two powertrains – the 126ps 1.8i with a five-speed gearbox (Soft-top) and the 160ps 2.0i with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission (Roadster Coupe). Like other MX-5 models, the Kuro duo combines beautifully balanced handling with lively performance – sprinting to 60mph in 9.9sec (Soft-top) and 7.9sec (Roadster Coupe), and capable of going on to reach top speeds of 121mph and 136mph respectively.

For optimum handling stability, all MX-5 models feature Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and a Traction Control System (TCS). Two-litre models are also equipped with a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) for enhanced handling precision and side airbags for added protection.


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