Mazda MX5 25th anniversary model © Mazda

25th anniversary Mazda MX5 unveiled at New York Motor Show

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic Mazda MX5 sports car, so to celebrate the Japanese model’s landmark birthday, Mazda has unveiled a special 25th anniversary Mazda MX5 edition at the 2014 New York Motor Show.

Originally revealed at the Chicago Auto Show back in 1989, this year’s North American automotive expo is a perfect location to give MX5 fans exactly what they want – a collectable, celebratory model to commemorate the special occasion.

Nearly 1 million Mazda MX5 units (940,000) have been produced since launch, with three generations and a few facelifts passing in that space of time.

The Mazda MX5 has always been at the forefront of the small sports car sector, offering incredible dynamics, performance and efficiency at a great, affordable price.

With the current range starting at £18,495 for the Mazda MX5 1.8i, those values still ring true today. And they’ll still ring true for many years to come.

Mazda MX5 25th anniversary model © Mazda

Next year Mazda will launch its all-new MX5 model, the fourth generation of the iconic vehicle. And in New York, the Japanese manufacturer also unveiled the new Skyactiv chassis platform that will underpin the forthcoming car.

With bespoke engines majoring on high-performance and high-efficiency, a lightweight but super strong chassis construction (more than 100kg lighter than before) and incredible safety, the 2015 Mazda MX5 looks set to re-write the sports car rulebook yet again.

But back to the here and now. The 25th anniversary Mazda MX5 is based on the current six-speed manual, 160hp 2.0-litre Roadster Coupe bodystyle and comes exclusively in Soul Red metallic, symbolising the passion and performance running through into the car.

Performance is strong, with the 0-62mph sprint dispatched in just 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 136mph possible.

Mazda MX5 25th anniversary model © Mazda

On top of this there’s a black contrasting roof for an even sportier look, as well as 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels controlled by special Bilstein suspension dampers, meaning the MX5 will handle brilliantly and ride with plenty of comfort, too.

Chairman of the board, Mazda, Takashi Yamanouchi:

“The original concept behind the MX5 was so simple; to offer the pure joy of a lightweight sports car 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 MX5 is one of changing everything in order to stay the same. A history of innovating in order to preserve the ideal.”

Long live the Mazda MX5, we say.

Ever thought about a Mazda MX5 and wondered what the fuss was about? There’s never been a better time to test one, in the car’s special anniversary year. Drop in to our T W White & Sons Mazda showrooms in Bookham, Surrey or Orpington, Kent to get behind the wheel of an MX5. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.