• Jun 30th 2010 at 9:57AM
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UK-edition Mazda MX-5 Miyako – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been electromagnetic when it comes to special editions, nearly as powerful at attracting check-this-option-box versions as the Ford Mustang. The next one to be rung up is the MX-5 Miyako for those roadster-loving Brits. Part of the year-long celebration of 20 years of Miata production, the "summer special edition" Miyako gets the requisite leather interior upgrade with highlighted stitching and badging, unique colors and 17-inch wheels.

It is the first special edition that you can have in both ragtop and folding tin-top forms, with 500 each available to the consuming public. It goes on sale July 1, priced from £18,385 ($27,722 U.S.) on-the-road. Have a read on all the specs after the jump, and check the fun you're meant to have in it in the gallery of high-res photos below.

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  • * New highly specified Mazda MX-5 'Miyako' special edition on sale from £18,385 (OTR)
  • * Unique leather trim, 17-inch alloy wheels, special colours and special edition exclusivity
  • * First special edition of upgraded MX-5 offered on both soft-top and roadster coupe

Continuing to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the world's best-selling roadster, Mazda has introduced a new 'summer special edition' version of its iconic sportscar, named the Mazda MX-5 Miyako.

The new model, which is on sale from 1 July, is available in two versions – the 1.8i Miyako soft-top priced at £18,385 (on-the-road) and the more powerful 2.0i Miyako roadster coupe with the world's fastest folding powered roof (up or down in 12 seconds), priced at £20,885 (on-the-road).

The name 'Miyako' is taken from the idyllic Japanese holiday island of Miyako-jima, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful spots in Japan and the perfect location for open-top motoring.

The new Miyako is generously equipped with the interior benefitting from unique Medici premium perforated black leather trim with a red underlay and stitching, special badging, floor mats and climate control air-conditioning. The exterior includes front fog lamps, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a front suspension strut brace (for improved steering response), and free metallic paint.

"The new Mazda MX-5 Miyako will have extra appeal to a broader range of customers, including those who recognise the uniquely pure driving pleasure this Mazda continues to deliver, and those who aspire to owning a special edition model," comments Mark Cameron, sales director, Mazda UK.

"This is the first special edition model based on the upgraded MX-5 that we have offered on both soft‑top and roadster coupe body styles and I am sure it will attract new buyers to our brand. Both models also represent great value, with the 2.0i Miyako costing just £590 more than the entry level 2.0 SE model."

The 1.8i 126ps Miyako soft-top accelerates to 62mph in a brisk 9.9 seconds, while the 2.0i Miyako roadster coupe with its 160ps engine undercuts that time by two seconds. Combined mpg and CO2 ratings are 40.4/38.2mpg and 167/177g/km, respectively. Both Miyako models carry generous equipment levels with many features as standard including: remote central locking, a leather steering wheel with audio controls, an MP3 compatible audio system with six speakers and auxiliary (AUX) jack input, as well as heated electric mirrors and electric front windows, a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. In addition, Limited Slip Differential (LSD), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS) are included on the 2.0i.

Both versions of the MX-5 Miyako will be available in Aluminium Silver Metallic, while the soft-top will also be available in Velocity Red Mica – free of charge. Just 500 examples of each version will be manufactured for the UK market.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That car looks like an evil fat lady with braces, smiling at me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, some people are into that.

        Not that there's anything wrong with that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not to be mean and all, since I really do like the Miata, but...

      "The 1.8i 126ps Miyako soft-top accelerates to 62mph in a brisk 9.9 seconds, while the 2.0i Miyako roadster coupe with its 160ps engine undercuts that time by two seconds."

      Brisk is NOT the word I would use.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agree! many family sedans, minivans, pickups etc are faster. I own a 2005 Miata and it's embarrassing to be this slow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, it's brisker than what they usually drive over there... small displacement petrol, and diesel engines abound.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Well, it's brisker than what they usually drive over there... small displacement petrol, and diesel engines abound."

        Yet UK - and continental European drivers - accelerate and drive far more quickly in general than their American counterparts. The sheer number of 25mph tortoises Stateside is staggering.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I must be doing it wrong. I drive a mix of city streets and highway on the way to and from work every day and the flow is constantly 10-15MPH faster then the limit.

        Once and awhile some d-bag is holding up the left lane, or traveling too slow on a two lane road, but its quite rare in my experience.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Its not the Buick that's slow - its the Buick driver that's slow!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      no turbo?? = FAIL
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually like the design of the newer MX5.

      But seriously, I'd prefer a special edition that actually improves the performance, not just a new badge and stitching.

      They need a madzdaspeed version with a small supercharger (for linear response), some extra bracing, and maybe upgraded brakes. Bump the power up to around 200HP, and you're good for about 0-100 in 6s, 1/4 mile around 14.5s, and you'd still have an excelent handling car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mazda face = :D
      My Face = :(

      Still disappointed with the NC generation of Miatas (exterior appearance wise at least)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The MX-5's smile is not bad, but the overall design of the NC (3rd Gen) is just meh, at least in my opinion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The MX-5 looks pretty good IMO, I don't understand why everybody moans about it. The Mazda3 is the one with the hectic smiley face.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Mazda3 looks like a character from the Yellow Submarine film.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, it's like a Mood Ring on wheels! The driver smiles and so does the car..
      • 5 Years Ago
      The gaping mouth of current Mazda design is one of the few front ends that is actually improved by a license plate.
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