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.

Read our in-depth review of the Mazda MX-5

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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