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Mazda MX-5 "Kuro" for UK

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8th July, 2012

  • Two Special Edition Mazda ‘MX-5 Kuro’ models on sale now in the UK
  • 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

Focusing on sports styling and acknowledging Mazda’s growing involvement in motor sport – 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 track day car being revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – a new Special Edition of the MX-5 sports car, the ‘Kuro’, is now on offer to MX-5 buyers across the UK.

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.

As a 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 sports car 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 sports car 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 sports car. The MX-5 features a front-engined, rear-wheel drive chassis to deliver effective balance and 'razor-sharp' handling.

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.

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.


Mazda MX-5 ‘Kuro’ Soft-top

Additional equipment above SE standard model…

Unique 17-inch dark gunmetal alloy wheels with 205/45 R17 tyres
Brilliant Black roof and door mirrors
Diffuser-style rear sports bumper
Larger, sports-style exhaust tailpipe
Black front grille and front fog lights surrounds
Stone & Black heated leather seats and stone door trim
Leather steering wheel and handbrake
‘Red’ colour stitching on seats and door trim
Alloy pedal set
Silver fashion bar covers
Silver decoration panel with Red accents
Climate control air-conditioning
Unique ‘Kuro’ exterior badging and race logo premium floor mats

Mazda MX-5 ‘Kuro’ Roadster Coupe

Additional equipment above Kuro Soft-top model...

Cruise control
Side airbags
6-speed transmission
Bilstein suspension
Integrated Bluetooth® system
Bose® 6-CD and additional speaker
Mazda MX-5 Kuro / Performance & Economy

Soft-top Power
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)
Top Speed
1.8i Kuro 126 167  9.9 121 39.8
Roadster Coupe          
2.0i Kuro 160 188  7.9 136 36.2

Mazda MX-5 Kuro Technical Specifications

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Mazda MX-5 Kuro

Type                            All-steel unitary body-chassis construction
Styles                          Two-seater convertible and roadster coupe sports cars


1.8i (126ps)                 Soft-top
Type                            Four-cylinder, in-line, DOHC, 16-valve
Capacity                      1.8-litres, 1,798 cc
Max power/torque          126 ps at 6,500 rpm / 167 Nm at 4,500 rpm

2.0i (160ps)                 Roadster Coupe
Type                            Four-cylinder, in-line, DOHC, 16-valve
Capacity                      2.0-litres, 1,999 cc
Max power/torque          160 ps at 7,000 rpm / 188 Nm at 5,000 rpm

Drivetrains                    1.8i                    2.0i
Type                           Longitudinally-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive
Manual                        5-sp                 6-sp
Automatic                    Not available

Front                            Fully independent by double wishbones
Rear                             Fully independent by multi-links

Type                            Electric-assisted rack and pinion, 2.7 turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle                9.4 metres (minimum, kerb-to-kerb)

Front / Rear                 290 mm ventilated discs / 280 mm solid discs

Wheels & Tyres
Kuro                            Alloy 17-inch               205/45 R17
Spare wheel                 Puncture repair kit

Weights (manual)      1.8i                  2.0i
Kerb weight (kg)         1,080                1,098                (excluding driver)
Max weight (kg)          1,375                1,375 

Luggage (litres)           150.0
Fuel tank (litres)           50.0


Exterior (mm)
Overall length              4,020
Overall width               1,720                (excluding door mirrors)
Overall height              1,245                (1,255 for Roadster Coupe)
Wheelbase                  2,330
Track front / rear         1,490 / 1,495
Ground clearance         136

Interior (mm)
Headroom                      950                (940 for Roadster Coupe)
Legroom                      1,096
Shoulder room               1,352

Warranty & Servicing
Duration                      3 years / 60,000 miles
Servicing                     Every 12,500 miles or 12 months (whichever comes sooner)


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