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Mazda launches 25th anniversary MX-5

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Mazda has revealed a new limited edition version of the MX-5, built to celebrate 25 years of the iconic roadster.

Due to be officially unveiled at this month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, before arriving in UK showrooms at the start of August, the new model will be limited to just 1,000 units, of which convertible-loving Brit buyers will be offered 750.

Each of the individually numbered MX-5s are based on the range-topping Roadster Coupe model (which features a folding metal roof) in Sport Tech Nav trim level. The sole engine option for the new special edition is Mazda’s 158bhp 2.0-litre unit, mated to a slick six-speed manual gearbox.

As befits its exclusivity, the 25th anniversary model is fitted with a number of interior and exterior upgrades not offered in the regular line-up. It is finished in a unique ‘Soul Red’ hue, which is offset by gloss black trim on the door mirrors and retractable roof, and 17-inch Gunmetal grey alloy wheels. A new rear diffuser and chromed exhaust pipes complete the updated look.

Inside, the heated seats are trimmed in ‘Light Stone’ leather upholstery with contrasting red stitching and the dashboard gets a 6.1-inch touch-screen navigation system, which features Bluetooth and USB connectivity, as well as an in-built DVD player, and is exclusive to cars coming to the UK.

“To date, three generations of Mazda MX-5 have witnessed the release of over 43 Special Edition models in the UK since 1990,” said Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK.

“None, however, could be more significant to us than this 25th Anniversary Limited Edition, which marks such an important milestone for a car that single-handedly reintroduced the world to the pleasures of exhilarating and affordable open-topped motoring.”

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