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Mazda MX-5 RF Sport Black special edition revealed

Unique paint finish and extra kit for the latest limited run MX-5; 300 units will be produced when it goes on sale towards the end of May

This is the Mazda MX-5 RF Sport Black, the latest in a long line of special-edition variants of the world’s biggest-selling roadster. The new model follows the MX-5 Z Sport, which has been available to buy since March.

The Sport Black’s additions are purely cosmetic; the most obvious of them is striking Eternal Blue mica exterior paint. This is set off by a contrasting gloss black lip spoiler and door mirrors, and 17-inch alloy wheels finished in gunmetal grey. Inside, there are unique floor mats, scuff plates and a special plaque on the dash.

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In addition to the standard kit of the SE-L Nav on which it’s based, the limited-run model adds leather seats, rear parking sensors, and automatic headlights and wipers. As with other RF models, the Sport Black features a three-piece retractable hard-top that folds beneath the rear pillars in 13 seconds.

Mechanically the Sport Black is identical to the regular RF, which means that the 158bhp it makes from a 2.0-litre petrol engine is sent to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential.

Three hundred examples of the RF Sport Black will be produced. The new model will be priced from £25,695 - an increase of £1,900 over the RF SE-L Nav - when it goes on sale from 28 May. Members of the MX-5 Owners’ Club will have an exclusive chance to see the car in the metal for the first time at Goodwood Motor Circuit on 29 April.

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Alex joined Auto Express as staff writer in early 2018, helping out with news, drives, features, and the occasional sports report. His current role of Chief reviewer sees him head up our road test team, which gives readers the full lowdown on our comparison tests.

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