February 13, 2003

Chicago auto show: Limited edition Miatas revealed

2003 Mazda Miata Special Editions
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Chicago, Illinois – Mazda North American Operations unveiled two limited-production versions of its popular two-door roadster, the Mazda Miata, at the Chicago Auto Show: the Shinsen Version and Special Edition Miata – only 1,500 units of each model are being produced and both will be available in dealerships in February.

The Shinsen Version, which derives its name from the Japanese term for “new and fresh,” sports new interior treatments and a special Titanium Gray Metallic exterior. The Shinsen has a dramatic dark-blue cloth top and matching dark-blue cloth bucket seats. A two-tone colour-keyed leather-wrapped shift knob, dark-blue door inserts, embroidered floor mats, a Convenience Package (tweeters, power door locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry) and aluminum interior trim pieces round out the “fresh” interior.

Sporting the same 1.8-liter DOHC powerplant as the Miata, the Shinsen Version puts 142 horses to the pavement via a five-speed manual transmission and sorts it out through a Tochigi-Fuji limited slip differential.

Equally exciting is the Special Edition Miata. Mazda started with the Miata LS and added exterior and interior touches to create a new Special Edition model. Its striking Strato Blue Mica exterior paint scheme, gray cloth top and gray leather-trimmed bucket seats turn this sporty roadster into a hot little number on the street. Custom-embroidered floor mats underscore the interior while uniquely styled 16-inch alloy wheels with wheel locks and a chrome fuel door draw looks from the outside.

A six-speed manual transmission, leather-wrapped hand brake, aluminum scuff plates, Bose(R) in-dash six-disc CD changer and aluminum pedals and footrest are standard equipment. Buyers will be presented with a Numbered Certificate of Authenticity, as well as a Special Edition Miata gift set that includes a backpack/cooler combo, Special Edition blanket, two brushed cotton baseball caps and game set. A variety of options — from automatic transmissions to body kit packages — are available for each model as well.

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