2014 NY Auto Show: Mazda unveils MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition, next-gen chassis

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 17, 2014

Mazda Motor Corp. will showcase 25th Anniversary Edition of the Mazda MX-5 Miata -- known as Mazda Roadster in Japan -- at the New York Auto Show. Mazda built the special edition model to celebrate 25 years of the Mazda MX-5, which was launched at the Chicago Auto Show in the United States. Since its introduction in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 has been offering a driving fun and enjoyment that only a lightweight sportscar can provides.

It has even captured the hearts of fans from different countries, cultures and age groups. As of end of March, Mazda has already built over 940,000 units of the MX-5 Miata, which still holds the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sportscar. The Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition is derived from on the 2.0-liter 160ps Roadster Coupe model.

Available exclusively in Soul Red Metallic, the special edition features a power retractable hard top and comes in either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission gearbox. Mazda paid special attention to details of the MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition, including in areas like the Brilliant Black-painted roof, A-pillars, and door mirror housings and the off-white leather seat upholstery and door trim.

It also features hand-crafted dashboard decorative panel in Piano Black and the fitting of Bilstein dampers. Its exterior looks are completed by 17-inch Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels. Mazda will also unveil at the New York Auto Show its newly developed SKYACTIV-Chassis that will underpin the next generation Mazda MX-5., exhibiting together both the engine and chassis.

This will be the first time Mazda will showcase its SKYACTIV technology in a front-midship-engine layout and rear-wheel-drive configuration. The engine will be placed closer to the new MX-5’s center while the car’s center of gravity will be lower than in any previous model.

Mazda’s Chairman of the Board, Takashi Yamanouchi said, “The original concept behind the MX-5 was so simple; to offer the pure joy of a lightweight sportscar that moves precisely as the driver intends. While responding to increasing safety and environmental requirements, over the 25 years since its launch we have had to continually reinvent the MX-5 – far beyond simple evolution – in order to stay true to that original ideal. The history of the MX-5 is one of changing everything in order to stay the same. A history of innovating in order to preserve the ideal.”

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