Mazda produced about 18,700 Miata convertibles in 1997, including 47 R special option package vehicles. The total includes 3000 M limited edition cars Mazda manufactured in December 1996 through February 1997 and introduced at the 1997 Chicago Auto Show, and 1500 STO vehicles numbered sequentially between May and July 1997.
Mazda offered the M limited edition vehicle with a Marina Green Mica exterior and tan top, trunk and leather interior. The STO edition was Twilight Blue Mica with the same tan components as the M edition, and included a CD player with headrest speakers. STO purchasers received certificates of authenticity. A sports suspension package that included Bilstein shocks and a heavy-duty rear suspension system were among the distinguishing features of the R special option package. Mazda produced its other 1997 Miatas in black, white, red and blue.