Mazda unveils the 25th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe. And in more important news, the all-new MX-5 is on its way!
Back in February, crankandpiston brought you its own celebration of the MX-5 and ‘Jinba ittai’ (I’ll let Mr Davison take the reigns for a more comprehensive explanation of that), and at this year’s New York Motor Show, the company has unveiled its own celebratory model for the milestone. Based on the 2.0-litre 160ps Roadster Coupe, the tribute comes with a six-speed manual gearbox (joy!), a retractable hardtop roof, and a selection of exterior paint finishes (so long as you choose Soul Red Metallic, that is). The outside is completed by some pretty nifty 17-inch Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels, while the inside is awash with off-white leather seat upholstery and Piano Black decorative panels.
Oh, and…er…er…er…nope, that’s about it.
The 25th Anniversary model is then, as you would expect, a stop-gap before the all-new MX-5 is launched. And let’s be honest that’s the one we’re really interested in, ’25th Anniversary’ embossed door sills or otherwise.
Details on the newboy are unfortunately slim on the ground at present. Key to the development of the new model though is Mazda’s SKYACTIV-Chassis, which offers both improved rigidity and ‘crashworthiness’ (gulp!) but also drops the overall weight by 100kg.
The Mazda MX-5 then joins the birthday festivities along with the Ford GT, the Ford Mustang, the Maserati MC12, the BMW M5 and the Land Rover Discovery. Tough crowd…