On sale from 1st August
Mazda is celebrating the 25th birthday of its iconic sports car this year and have launched the MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0 litre 25th Anniversary Limited Edition. The MX-5 was first revealed to the public back in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show, it became an instant hit and outsold the companies own sales predictions.
In May 2000, the little Mazda was certified by Guinness World Records as the world's best-selling two-seater sports car in history. Total global production passed the 900,000 mark in February 2011, and the Mazda MX-5's Guinness certification was updated.
Only one thousand individually numbered examples of the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre 25th Anniversary Limited Edition will be built. It is a testament to Britain's enduring love affair with open-topped motoring that seven hundred and fifty of them will be made available to UK customers with number one being unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK said “to date, three generations of Mazda MX-5 have witnessed the release of over 43 Special Edition models in the UK since 1990. None, however, could be more significant to us than this 25th Anniversary Limited Edition, which marks such an important milestone for a car that single-handedly reintroduced the world to the pleasures of exhilarating and affordable open-topped motoring.”
The exterior of the Anniversary model is finished in Soul Red Metallic paint and complemented by Brilliant Black door mirrors, A pillars and power-operated retractable hardtop roof. 17-inch Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels, a rear diffuser and chrome exhaust trim complete the bespoke exterior, with each example benefiting from unique, Limited Edition numbered external badging. The interior boasts light Stone leather trimmed upholstery which incorporates contrasting red stitching to the seats, steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake lever, and 25th Anniversary logo-embossed headrests. This unique interior design is completed by a bespoke, hand-painted Dark Red dashboard decoration panel, Brilliant Black roll-over bar covers, alloy pedal set and 25th Anniversary stainless steel scuff plates.
Specific to the UK 25th Anniversary Limited Edition MX-5 is a 6.1-inch touch screen Mazda Navigation System. Exclusively engineered for Mazda by Alpine, the fully integrated, high resolution system features forty six European country maps, twenty-nine different languages, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, an integrated CD, radio and DVD player with a 50:50 split screen allowing for the simultaneous viewing of two input sources, and customisable user profile settings for each driver.