Mazda will debut a new special edition of its iconic sportscar, the MX-5, to celebrate the milestone of having built more than 900,000 units globally. UK sales of the world’s most popular roadster have totaled to more than 100,000 cars. The car is dubbed the ‘Kendo Special Edition,’ which refers to “The way of the Sword.”
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Starting March 1, Mazda will have two versions available. The Mazda MX-5 1.8i Kendo soft-top has a price tag of £19,255 (OTR) and the more powerful Mazda MX-5 2.0i Kendo roadster coupe is priced at £22,320 (OTR).
The Kendo models are targeted at the traditional soft-top roadster customer and those who are looking for a more premium product with the Roadster Coupe.
Both Kendo models are based on the ‘SE’ derivatives. They feature a unique Stone Leather interior (with Stone coloured stitching on the steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake), unique 17-inch alloy wheels, exterior badging and floor mats, plus front fog lamps, heated seats, brushed aluminum style-bar trim and aluminum pedals.
The Kendo Roadster Coupe features a premium BOSE audio system, Bluetooth hands-free and cruise control. These two versions are available with a Sparkling Black or Dolphin Grey mica paint finish free of charge.
The Mazda MX-5 facelift conveys the brand’s next-gen design DNA while still featuring the friendly charm it has been known for. It now features single front fascia bumper is more aggressive and more aerodynamically efficient. Furthermore, the MX-5 facelift still features the typical Mazda fivepoint grille, although this element is now flanked by newly designed headlamps slanting inward towards the top points of the grille.
These headlamps have white inner lenses for the turn indicator lamps. On the other hand, the MX-5 facelift has new triangular fog lamp bezels at the lower edges of the integrated bumper. These bezels are now deeply embedded in the fascia surface and features thick framing.
When viewed from the sides, the new Mazda MX-5 facelift is marked by further sculpted, new side sills and garnishes. These elements form strong character lines that underscore the rear wheel wells of the new MX-5 facelift.
On the rear, the sports car is easily recognizable as the Mazda MX-5, although it features a number of subtle design revisions for a stronger look. The rear bumper of the MX-5 facelift slants inward and upward to sit flush with the bottom section of the rear lamps. It is now more integrated into the body. The more sculptured lower section of the rear fenders extends downward while new rear combination lamps reveals a sparking 'U' shape when illuminated by headlamps of vehicles behind the MX-5 facelift.
Meanwhile, the front end doesn’t just make the new Mazda MX-5 facelift look more dynamic, its aerodynamic design make the car more stable at high speeds. This was achieved by introducing an extended area below the front fog lamps with optimized shapes. In addition, the new MX-5 facelift features a more protruding lower grille lip, side mirrors optimized for low wind drag and wider front tire deflectors. The MX-5 facelift comes with new side sills that make the sides wider as well as new rear lamps now extending outward.