Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition unveiled

The new special edition model will make its first public appearance later this week at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

The anniversary model is based on the current Roadster Coupe model with a retractable hard top roof and a 158bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine. The engine is mated with either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

Just one exclusive paint finish is available for the MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition, called Soul Red Metallic. The roof has a contrasting black paint finish.

This updated version of the MX-5 also features 17-inch alloy wheels, a black paint finish for the front pillars and wing mirror caps and partially-white leather seats.

The launch date and pricing for the Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition have yet to be confirmed, but reports indicate it could start from around £23,000. Production of the Anniversary Edition is likely to be highly limited as well, so those interested in getting their hands on this car will likely have to act quickly in order to acquire one.

The Mazda MX-5 is the Guinness World Record holder for the best-selling two-seater sports car of all time. Through its lengthy life span over 940,000 units have been made of the MX-5 and the car has received over 200 awards.

Since it was first revealed all the way back in February 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show, there have been three generations of the MX-5. Each version has held the key qualities of an affordable and entertaining lightweight convertible car, helping it towards major success in the UK and other markets.

Mazda is not just bringing the MX-5 Anniversary Edition to this year’s New York Auto Show. The Japanese car maker is also using the event to debut the all-new chassis which will be used for the next-generation MX-5 expected to launch in 2015.

This will be the first MX-5 to benefit from Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology designed to improve efficiency without compromising driving dynamics.

SKYACTIV has already been utilised successfully on current Mazda cars including the CX-5, Mazda6 and new Mazda3.

The new MX-5 will weigh 100kg lighter than the current model and have a lower centre of gravity. Updates like these should give the Mazda sports car an even more composed drive and benefit both pace and efficiency.