Mazda Europe builds special edition ‘Karai’ MX-5

Mazda Europe builds special edition ‘Karai’ MX-5

Mazda knows the current generation MX-5 is a tidy piece of kit and what better way to prove it than with another special edition. Mazda’s European division has handled the mods on this latest limited MX-5 naming its creation the ‘Karai’ which apparently means ‘sharp’ in Japanese.

The Karai is based on the MX-5 Roadster coupe, meaning it’s equipped with a retractable hardtop. Its defining paint work is a lime-green hue named “Metal Green Metallic” on the body and a gloss black finish for the metal top, exterior mirrors, and various trim. Packing out the wheel guards are 17-inch multispoke alloy wheels cloaked in low profile performance rubber.

In the Karai cabin there’s a pair of black leather Recaro sport seats, aluminum pedals and leather steering wheel with white stitching also feature. Mazda has painted all the interior trim pieces that are usually finished in silver, with a gloss black.

Sadly, there are no real performance upgrades for the Karai with power coming from the stock 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 118kW. Mazda is offering an optional sports upgrade package that includes an exhaust system, a lowering kit for the suspension plus a few extra goodies like floor mats.

Initially Mazda will produce 165 examples of the Karai for Germany, with prices starting at €30,000 (NZ$52,400). Mazda hasn’t announced if the Karai MX-5 will be sold in any other markets.

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