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Mazda MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition - Click above for high-res gallery

It's hard to imagine that the MX-5 (Miata) has been around for 20 years, but time flies when you're carving up canyon roads in a nimble two-door sports car. Mazda has made quite a hoopla about the car's 20th anniversary, bringing out some of the best concept and specialty versions at the Chicago Auto Show, throwing a huge party for owners in Japan, and creating an anniversary edition for both the Japanese and the Brits. Here at the Geneva Motor Show, Mazda announced yet another 20th anniversary edition MX-5, this time available for all of Europe.

The European MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition can be picked out by its chrome trim, silver-look fog lamps, unique 17-inch wheels and 20th anniversary logos. The only performance upgrade is a strut tower brace in the engine bay, and customers can choose from True Red, Crystal White Pearl or Aurora Blue. Follow the jump for the brief press release from Mazda or browse through our live photos in the gallery below.

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Mazda celebrates two decades of roadster success with the world premiere of a 20th Anniversary special edition MX-5 at the Geneva Motor Show in March. This model will have a limited production run of just 2,000 units, will only be available in Europe and will take sports car fans back to the basics of open-top driving fun. It´s equipped with a special edition scuff plate in stainless steel with pan-European serial number (1 to 2000).

Based on the 1.8-litre soft top production roadster, this version has a special exterior styling package with chrome grille, door handles and headlight fascia; along with silver-look fog lamp frames, specific 17-inch alloy wheels and 20th Anniversary logos. It can be ordered in three colours – True Red, Crystal White Pearl and, specific for this edition, a new Aurora Blue – with matching painted decorative elements in the interior. A strut tower bar is also added to ensure a sporty, exhilarating drive.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the Miata. If I were a couple of inches shorter I would have bought one a decade ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new Aurora Blue is very nice. I'd like to see that offered in the States in place of Stormy Blue, which looks black in anything but ideal lighting. Or bring back Winning Blue.

      The wheels aren't unique; They've been offered on the 6MT in the US since 2009, and I believe they come on the 2.0-l trim levels in Europe. I have them on my '09. They just weren't previously available on the 1.8-l trims in Europe. The chrome grill surround and chrome door handles are also from the higher trim levels and/or the power retractable hardtop model.

      For the person asking about True Red, it's been offered since 2006, so plenty of images exist. Here are some photos:


      I agree with previous posters that Miatas offer more fun per dollar than almost any car you can buy. And, because of the reliability and low cost of stock and aftermarket parts, they make great autocross and track cars. There's a huge amount of aftermarket support, too. I'm building up my '09 to run in SCCA's STR class, and I have a '95 stripped out for the track. The online community for the Miata is another feather in the car's cap, in my opinion.

      Mazda has done an excellent job of keeping this car true to its roots. I just hope they can reach their goal of reducing the mass of the fourth-generation MX-5 by 10%.

        • 5 Years Ago
        We've considered upgrading our 70K-mile 99 Classic Red PEP to a Mazdaspeed, or one of the NB SE models... but we quite like our 99, so we're in no real rush.

        Flat black might look really cool... but I have long thought that even a gloss black windshield surround would look pretty slick on a convertible with a bold body color.

        I also liked the classic looking bright trim windshield surround on the 2005 Special Edition, when the NC Miata was launched... but it needed chrome/polished wing window trim, as well... then it would look like a classic... like the MGB it succeeds.

        I wonder what the 20th-AV would look like with the bright windshield trim from the '05, and blue interior and top, like the 10th-AV...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry... Model Year 2006 was the intro year for the NC Miata, not MY2005... calendar year was probably 2005.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I saw a Bugatti Veyron picture a few months back, with two tone bright and dark blue... and have wanted to replicate that paint job on a car that suits a blacked out canopy roof, like my SVX, for instance... or maybe a nice Z32 300ZX...

        Bright blue being Aurora blue on the main body.
        Dark blue being stormy blue on the roof, minus the flake, just glossy and deep, with a hint of blue reflection in the light.

        That could look very hot.

        And as the owner of an NB miata... I agree with your points. It is a great little car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some photos and discussion of NCs with blacked-out windshield surrounds on my local club's forum:

      • 5 Years Ago
      That color blue is fantastic. I like blues, and they are all a little different, moreso than even reds... This blue is one of the best.

      I will remember Aurora Blue.

      I wish Mazda would re-introduce some compound curves to the body-lines of the car, though... rather than a bar of soap with fender flares and an anime smile.

      A bit more of a tailored shape with some drama like the Duetto concept, or the Porsche 918's lines.

      And still waiting for a 2 seat coupe, like Kabura. (which would be SMOKIN' in Aurora Blue)

      Agreed on the still waiting for Nagare styling... I want to see some Furai from Mazda!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best sports car ever. I know, tough to swallow, but it is. For anyone who tracks regularly or autocrosses, you know what I'm talking about. The non-staggered tires, the easy-to-replace brakes and ironclad reliability makes these real, genuine race cars with few mods.

      I wish this was a bit more than a trim package but, still, it's an awesome little machine for real drivers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I want to know what you drive, a Prius?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Very true but still sort of gay as a daily driver.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Miata needs no words. Just drive one in a nice twisty road with the top down and let your big grin do all the talking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I used to get upset about people making fun of my "girly" car. But it is them who is missing out. I get to enjoy it in the twisties and every day driving.

        Plus, it is always fun to see their faces when they hear the blow off valve as I fly past. =)

      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to agree with Paul and others... this is the best sports car on the market today. It has everything you want and need, nothing you don't. Its insanely affordable, both to buy and own, bulletproof reliablility, amazingly fun to drive. Forget the pricey trim packages... give me a base model with the sport package, or possibly just a true base package and let me mod it myself with even better parts that are available. I too thought it was a chick car until I drove a few and saw the light. Yes, the S2000 is more manly, but really not more fun to drive. You have to get used to the S2K, the Miata is instantly usable, and $10k cheaper as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are right, I stand corrected! I even knew that, just forgot in my excitement to post... LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        But I agree; the S2000 is certainly much faster in stock form, but the Miata is at least as much fun, and much cheaper to buy, work on, and, especially, insure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For the record, you can't get the Suspension Package, with its LSD, on the base (Sport) trim. That's not a problem, since you can put in aftermarket suspension and LSD without too much trouble, but you also can't get the 6MT on the Sport. That's how I ended up with the Touring; I wanted the 6-speed. Unfortunately, that means I have a handful of luxury conveniences that I'd rather do without.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, special edition Miatas!

      How much for the one with the F20C engine upgrade? I would buy that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...gay as a daily driver."

      I'd take offense at that, but then that might show insecurities that I don't have.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cars are no more straight or gay than cellphones, office chairs or weed whackers. But in recent years that truism has not stopped a perception among some motorists that certain cars can, in the right context, be statements about a driver’s sexual orientation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pics of true red would be nice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...I am asking for pics of the "true red" color that was mentioned in the article...I'm not asking for any change lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're asking for changes, so am I.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Where's the "Nagare" styling?

        I want to see the giant smiling fishmouth and unnecessary sculpting on a Miata, dammit!
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