Mazda has released a special edition version of its Mazda 3 hatchback model, called the Mazda 3 Sport Black. External changes over the standard car are mostly cosmetic and interior upgrades include part-leather seats, an upgraded Bose stereo and integrated sat-nav.
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Mazda 3 Sport Black styling
The Mazda 3 Sport Black will be available in two colours – Soul Red Metallic and Snowflake White Pearlescent – both offered at no cost. The special edition also gets 18-inch alloy wheels, finished in a dark gunmetal colour.
The ‘Black’ part of its name doesn’t refer to the car’s paint but to the colour of exterior trim pieces. As such, the rear bumper, door mirrors, front splitter, side skirts and roof spoiler are all finished in gloss black.
Mazda 3 Sport Black interior
Inside, the car has black, half-leather, half-suede seats with red stitching. Equipment includes an upgraded Bose stereo, keyless entry, cruise control and climate control. Mazda’s infotainment system also comes as standard featuring a seven-inch touchscreen display with a reversing camera and integrated sat-nav.
Mazda 3 Sport Black engines and driving
The special edition model comes with the same 118hp 2.0-litre petrol engine found on the standard model. While it’s responsive and refined, some buyers will prefer the diesel engines for their midrange grunt, so it’s a shame they’re not available on this version.
The Mazda 3 is highly rated for how it drives, however. The suspension is unchanged from the standard model, so expect the same balance between great handling and a comfortable ride.
Mazda 3 Sport Black price
The Mazda 3 Sport Black will cost £20,995, representing a saving of almost £1,000 compared to a similarly-equipped Sport Nav-spec car.
Mazda 3 Sport Black release date
The car will arrive in dealerships from April 2016. Just 800 examples are to be sold, however, so move quickly if you want one.
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