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Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary edition

Snapshot: Mazda gets ready to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its iconic roadster with a Limited Edition, restricted to 1,000 cars

Celebrating the 25th birthday of its iconic two-seat sportscar this year, Mazda is recently announced the launch of the MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre 25th Anniversary Limited Edition. First revealed to the public on February 9th at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, the Mazda MX-5 caused a sensation. Reintroducing a category of vehicle that had become all but extinct by the early 70s, it was an instant hit on a global scale, far outstripping the company's own sales predictions.

When global production reached 5,31,890 units 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 9,00,000 mark in February 2001, and the Mazda MX-5's Guinness certification was updated. Just 1000 individually numbered examples of the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre 25th Anniversary Limited Edition will be built. With a comprehensive equipment specification based on the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0 litre Sport Tech Nav, the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition boasts a wealth of additional exterior and interior features unavailable on any other Mazda MX-5.

A model-unique, Soul Red Metallic paint finish is 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. On board, the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Mazda MX-5 may be instantly identified by heated, 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.

The 25th Anniversary Limited Edition MX-5 comes with a 6.1-inch touch screen Mazda Navigation System. Exclusively engineered for Mazda by Alpine, the fully integrated, high resolution system features navigation in 29 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.

Its 2.0-litre, 16v, 160ps powerplant allied to a slick, short-throw 6-speed manual transmission, the lightweight, compact, 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Mazda MX-5 marries sub-8 second 0-100kmph acceleration and a 220kmph top speed with perfect, 50:50 weight distribution and a low moment of inertia for outstanding agility and driving enjoyment.

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