In 2001 the first MX-5 to carry the Mazdaspeed name was a special edition model released exclusively for the Japanese market. This Roadster model, limited to 200 units featured some unique Mazdaspeed branded parts. The car came in one colour only, Starry Blue Mica combined with the gold painted 16" RS wheels which gave the car a very distinctive appearance. 

The Mazdaspeed Roadster had the full optional aero kit, consisting of front airdam, large sideskirts, rear underskirts, and the adjustable rear spoiler. As a finishing touch you also get the front and rear light bezels, and a gold Mazdaspeed decal on the left front side. Other changes included a body coloured front strut brace, Mazdaspeed uprated engine mounts, Mazdaspeed exhaust manifold, Mazdaspeed uprated differential mounts, Mazdaspeed rear exhaust silencer, and adjustable Mazdaspeed suspension. 

The interior has a few subtle additions to separate it from a regular model. There are blue instrument rings on the speedometer and rev counter, and a carbon fibre effect centre console trim The seats,  were finished in black cloth with blue contrast stitching.