New York, NY – The MX-5 Miata has long been a favourite for many since its debut at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. The two-seater sports car became a big hit for its pure entertainment factor coupled with its reasonable price tag, creating instant return for the Japanese-brand. The combination of its style, speed and exquisite handling still brings a smile to many by just mentioning the word “Miata.”
“The original concept behind the MX-5 was so simple: to offer the pure joy of a lightweight sports car that moves precisely as the driver intends,” said Takashi Yamanouchi, chairman of the board, Mazda Motor Corporation.
To commemorate the silver anniversary of the MX-5 Miata, Mazda pulled out all the stops by unveiling not only the all-new chassis for its fourth generation, but an exclusive 25th anniversary special edition version of the rear-wheel drive roadster at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
Mazda is still in the development stage, but once complete, they will be placing an all-new SkyActiv-chassis on the MX-5 Miata making it smaller, lighter and stronger than the outgoing model. If you’re not familiar, SkyActiv is a series of technologies that Mazda has utilized for most of its vehicles to better both fuel economy and performance. It has won praise for its simplistic, yet effective power train through the use of lightweight materials, a sleek external design, as well as changes to its transmission.
For the next generation, Mazda has placed the engine closer to the centre of the vehicle for a lower centre of gravity. It will also reduce its weight by 220 pounds to keep its lightweight sports car feel that has led to over 900,000 sales since its inception.
Mazda didn’t stop at the new chassis, but additionally unveiled the MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition. This will be a rare commodity with only 100 vehicles to be sold in Canada and will all be painted in a Soul Red Mica colour symbolizing passion in the pursuit of driving pleasure.
It will be labelled as a 2015 model and will possess an engine that will be quick to respond and accelerate instantly thanks to an effective balance of lightweight engine parts.
Inside, the select few will be treated with striking almond colour seats with 25th Anniversary badging on the headrest. The instrument panel is specially decorated with hand-painted Piano Black gradation on a red base.
More information is still to come on the next-generation MX-5 Miata with a launch date of next year, but the 25th Anniversary Edition will be priced at $40,925 when it goes on sale this summer.