MAZDA celebrates its MX-5’s 25th year by unveiling at this year’s New York International Auto Show a special quarter-century anniversary of the iconic model. The 25th Year Anniversary Edition will come in “approximately 1,000 units,” to be sold worldwide. Of the number, Mazda Phils. will get 25 examples.
The limited edition car will be built in Japan.
“This year, Mazda in the Philippines, together with Miata Club Phils. (MCP), is participating with the rest of the world in celebrating the 25th year of pure driving enjoyment with the MX-5,” said Steven Tan, president and chief executive officer of Berjaya Auto Phils., the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country. “We are very privileged to have been allocated 25 units from the very limited global run. We become part of the global MX-5 community in this automotive celebration.”
The MX-5’s 25th Anniversary Edition is based on the current third-generation MX-5 Power-Retractable Hard Top variant. It will come in Mazda’s signature Soul Red metallic paint with black A-pillars, windshield surround, side mirrors, rear seatback bars, headlamp bezels and retracting roof. A set of 17-inch, 10-spoke aluminum wheels in gunmetal finish round up the car’s exterior accents. Further marking the car is a 25th Anniversary badge, with the vehicle’s identifying serial number, that’s mounted on the driver’s side fender.
In the cabin, the special model gets almond leather seats and stainless-steel scuff plates, which are adorned with an embossed 25th Anniversary logo. Contrasting red stitching on the seats, floor console lid, shift lever boot, parking brake lever and door armrests add distinction, as do the piano black steering wheel spokes, satin-chrome meter rings and a hand-painted dashboard decoration panel. Drilled aluminum pedals aid in heel-and-toe operation, which Mazda said makes the limited edition MX-5 just as fun to drive as the original model.
The MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition’s 2.0-liter MZR engine is fitted with upgraded pistons, connecting rods and flywheel. Special Bilstein shock absorbers also find their way in cars that have manual transmissions.
Also called the Miata, the MX-5 has seen more than 940,000 units built since April 1989. In the Philippines, only 200 examples of the first-generation model were sold by Mazda dealerships in the 1990s. The car drew roadster fanatics, like members of MCP, who have remained loyal to the MX-5.
The MCP was founded in 1997.
“It is with great pride that MCP will be part of the festivities commemorating the MX-5’s 25th Year Anniversary,” said club president Allan Lavarro. “Our members are looking forward to welcoming the MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition as a symbol of this classic car’s enduring contribution to spirited driving. Some of us are even traveling to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California in September to join the global MX-5 25th Anniversary Celebration.”
Mazda Phils. said the MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition will be priced at P1.8 million, with deliveries starting in August.