Ford may be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang this week, but it's not the only automaker with a sports car icon to fete at this year's New York Auto Show. Mazda is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 Miata with an array of 15 classic models. It's also showing off the chassis for the next MX-5, and unveiling a special 25th Anniversary Edition.

Next-gen Mazda MX-5 Skyactiv chassisThe special edition is based on the retractable hardtop model with either manual or automatic transmission, Bilstein shocks, a metallic red paint job with contrasting black roof and an off-white leather interior. Naturally, special badging can be found inside and out to set it apart from the record 940,000 other MX-5s sold to date, and just 100 examples will find their way to US buyers.

Along with the two-tone special, Mazda is also showing off the new Skyactiv chassis and engine that'll underpin and power the upcoming next-generation MX-5 (as well as an as-yet-to-be-determined Fiat Group roadster if the two parties can work out their differences). With a lower center of gravity that's also closer to the middle of the car, the new chassis promises even better balance and a good couple hundred pounds of weight savings over the outgoing model. Check it all out in the press releases below.
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Mazda reveals special edition MX-5 in New York

- Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition celebrates the iconic roadster's initial launch
- Brand new SKYACTIV-Chassis for next-generation MX-5 also on display

Leverkusen / New York, 16 April 2014. Mazda will unveil the Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition today at the New York International Auto Show, celebrating the introduction a quarter of a century ago of what would become the most popular roadster in history. The unconventional Japanese carmaker is also exhibiting the newly developed SKYACTIV-Chassis that will underpin the next-generation MX-5.

The MX-5 is the model that best symbolises Mazda's carmaking philosophy. Initially launched in 1989, the little roadster has consistently offered the kind of fun only a lightweight sports car can, winning a diversity of fans in terms of culture, geography and demography. More than 940,000* MX-5s have been produced over three generations, and it continues to hold the Guinness World Record for best selling two-seater sports car.

The Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition brings together two-and-a-half decades of fun. Based on the existing retractable hard top model with six-speed manual or automatic transmission, it features Bilstein shock absorbers along with a Soul Red Metallic exterior accented with a black roof, A-pillars and side mirrors. The interior, meanwhile, comes in off-white leather upholstery and door trim along with a hand-finished decorative panel.

Mazda will also reveal the new SKYACTIV-Chassis destined for the upcoming fourth-generation MX-5. On display together with the engine, it will be the first adaptation of SKYACTIV Technology in a front mid-ship engine, rear-wheel drive layout. With a lower centre of gravity and the engine located closer to the centre of the car, the next MX-5 will feature its most compact configuration yet. Mazda is also aiming to reduce overall weight by more than 100kg relative to the current model while at the same time enhancing rigidity and crashworthiness.

"The original concept behind the Mazda MX-5 was so simple: To offer the pure joy of a lightweight sport car that moves precisely as the driver intends," says Mazda Motor Corporation Chairman of the Board Takashi Yamanouchi. "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 to stay true to that original ideal. The history of the MX-5 is one of changing everything to stay the same: A history of innovating in order to preserve."

The New York International Auto Show is open to the public from 17-27 April. More about the MX-5 is available from the 25th anniversary website: HYPERLINK "http://www.mazda.com/stories/craftmanship/mx-5/mx-5_25th" www.mazda.com/stories/craftmanship/mx-5/mx-5_25th.

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MAZDA MX-5 MIATA 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT IN NEW YORK
- Only 100 Limited-Edition Roadsters to Be Destined for U.S. -


NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations today debuted the MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show(NYIAS). A global announcement, this limited-edition automobile will be sold as a 2015 model with only 100 vehicles being slated for sale in the United States. The anniversary edition was built not only as a tribute to the unassuming diminutive roadster that sparked a large automotive impact but also to celebrate every owner and car enthusiast it's won over throughout its 25-year history .

"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. "While responding to increasing safety and environmental requirements, in the 25 years since its launch we have had to continually reinvent the MX-5 – far beyond a simple evolution – in order to stay true to that original ideal. The history of the MX-5 is one of changing everything in order to stay the same, a history of innovating in order to preserve."

On February 9, 1989, the Chicago Auto Show witnessed the global introduction of a vehicle so unexpected yet so secretly coveted that 25 years later in New York that same initial buzz continues to loudly surround a car that inspired the rebirth of a once-dismissed segment and inspired countless competitors. With the genuine aim of crafting a lightweight, fun-to-drive sports car, the MX-5 Miata was born. And not a vehicle limited to only the deep-pocketed select few but one built and produced specifically for anyone with a steady heartbeat for driving. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, MX-5 is continually humbled for being a fun-to-drive benchmark for the last two-and-a-half decades.

25 Years in the Making Inspired by famed British roadsters of the 1960s, MX-5's first generation (model years 1990-1997) was sincere in focusing on Mazda's mantra of the Jinba Ittai driving experience, or "oneness between car and driver," and creating a distinct appeal to one's senses.

The result was a lightweight and compact open-top two-seater with a front mid-ship engine on a rear-wheel-drive platform. With a nearly 50:50 front-rear ratio weight distribution and a low yaw inertia moment, the MX-5 was a driver's dream. Add a distinctive design – its retractable headlights defined this generation – and an entry MSRP of $13,8001, the MX-5 Miata became an affordable dream.

Its layout and design dedicated to balance and precision, the first-generation MX-5 was given a powertrain focused on smooth, linear accelerator response rather than raw power. Offering a 1.6-liter engine (and later a 1.8-liter engine), the decision paid off with the best possible outcome of exhilarating direct handling and superb control. And consumers and critics took notice with the MX-5 Miata garnering several "Car of the Year" and "Top Ten" distinctions.

The second-generation MX-5 Miata (model years 1999-2005) was announced in October 1997 at the Tokyo Motor Show and featured a power boost, standard glass rear windows and fixed headlights. MX-5 was later certified as a Guinness World Records-holder for " best-selling two-seater sports car " in May 2000 when production reached 531,890 vehicles.

Announced at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2005, the third-generation MX-5 (model years 2006-present) was awarded the highly-respected Car of the Year Japanaward. A complete redesign, this generation saw the introduction of the 2.0-liter MZR engine. Global production reached 900,000 units in February 2011, which resulted in an update of the Guinness World Records books.

With each subsequent generation, the basic principle of fun-to-drive-for-all remained but also had to be adapted for changing consumer expectations, advancements in technology and global safety requirements. The Jinba Ittai driving experience evolved and improved as well, to the point where its essence is now an essential part of every Mazda built, from sub-compacts to SUVs. The 25-year history of the MX-5 Miata showcases the absolute pursuit of a unique driving feel in which the car and driver become one, and also is a chronicle of how far Mazda has grown to establish its own unique style of driving exhilaration.

A Roadster Worth Celebrating Nearly one million MX-5 Miata fans can't be wrong, and without their dedicated enthusiasm the MX-5 would not be the iconic road-and-track ready convertible it has become. This heartfelt passion is the reason there is a 25th anniversary to celebrate and a golden future in the form of an all-new SKYACTIV®2-CHASSIS to lead into another generation of Zoom-Zoom. As a result, the MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition was crafted as a sincere "Thank You" to every enthusiast – past, present and future.

With an acolyte's attention to details, meticulous attention was paid to the weight and balance of the engine's moving parts. While components such as pistons, connecting rods and flywheel are already preferably lightweight with low inertia and their original tolerance is set extremely fine, even within these acute tolerances Mazda engineers hand-selected the lightest, best balanced premium parts for inclusion in the engine. The result is an engine that revs even more freely, delivering an extraordinary response, precision acceleration and a deeply satisfying engine note. Lastly, Bilstein® dampers are standard on six-speed manual transmission-equipped vehicles.

Outfitted only in a Soul Red Metallic premium coat, the depth of this deep red symbolizes the multi-faceted nature of the fiery fiend within. Creating a striking contrast are the Brilliant Black A-pillars, windshield surround, outside mirrors and MX-5-signature Power-Retractable Hard Top (PRHT). Other ebony-inspired exterior elements include black front combination lamp bezels and 17-inch Dark Gunmetal 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, which are wrapped in grippy Bridgestone® Potenza RE05A 205/45R17-84W tires.

The interior opens up brightly as a luxury lounge with its standard Almond leather seats and door trim. A liquid metal-like satin chrome finish is used on the louver rings, gauge cluster meter rings and inner door handles. Immediately a more soothing atmosphere compared to its ready-to-rumble exterior disposition, looks are almost always deceiving as detailed hints abound to MX-5's rascal nature. Brilliant Black is expressed in the form the seatback garnish with Piano Black commanding the steering wheel spokes. Genuine black leather wraps the steering wheel, parking brake lever, armrests and manual transmission shift lever booth.

To continue the exterior's contrast-color theme, distinctive red stitching is used throughout on all premium touch points. Another minute but hardly minor detail is the instrument panel. This panel features a red base paint but is delicately hand-painted a Piano Black gradation, meaning no two vehicles will feature the exact same texture. Also, only the anniversary edition will be equipped with aluminum alloy pedals.

But no limited-edition anniversary model is complete without the proper badging. The 25th Anniversary logo is pronouncedly etched into the leather headrests as well as on the stainless steel door scuff plates. On the exterior, a single 25th Anniversary badge is mounted onto the driver's side front fender and features an identifying serial number. As the soul of the sports car continues to be reinvented, this MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition is only the beginning of another 25 years and beyond of daily driving, weekend racing and all the excuses in between to get behind the wheel.

On sale later this spring, all 100 2015 MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition models will be made available for pre-order exclusively via MazdaUSA.com. Details on final timing and the pre-order process will be released via Mazda's social media platforms in the coming weeks.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center atwww.mazdausamedia.com .

1 Starting price is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for lowest trim level. MSRP does not include destination fee, title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.

2 SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation (MC).


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      artso06
      • 8 Months Ago
      disappointed....wanted to see the whole thing
        Lachmund
        • 8 Months Ago
        @artso06
        at least there is a leaked drawing now...doesn't really look like an mx-5 but looks good so far http://lh5.ggpht.com/-8dISyUrDUig/UzoQP9nP75I/AAAAAAAQnRQ/RRaJYFhygp0/s1600-h/New-Mazda-MX-5-NYSHOW-1%25255B4%25255D.jpg
          skeeler
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          That drawing was acknowledge by CarScoops to be a April Fool's Day hoax.
      Avinash Machado
      • 8 Months Ago
      Happy Anniversary,Miata.
      Grendal
      • 8 Months Ago
      The Miata has just gained more and more bulk over time. I still prefer the stripped down roadster look of its early days.
      bonehead
      • 8 Months Ago
      I know everyone says the miata does need more power blah blah, just like some say the BRZ doesnt need more power (oh wait they dont say that) But i really hope we get a proper MazdaSpeed version of this next Miata. If they can make this next miata meaner looking and faster, then ill be replacing my S2000 with one. But as it stands now, the miata is just a little too slow and it would be glorious with an additional 50hp. fingers crossed.
        Moosetang
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        The last MazdaSpeed Miata just plain didn't sell, they were stapled to the lots. I'd like to see a new one, but I can understand why Mazda's been hesitant.
          bonehead
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Moosetang
          hte mazda speed didnt sell because it was a poor execution. It only had 36 more hp and cost a lot more. with 178hp and 0-60 in 6.7 it was not exactly a screamer. The NC miata did not get the mazda speed treatment because the engine wasnt planned for and wouldnt fit. Could you imagine how well a miata with the MazdaSpeed3 engine would have sold!!! Who wouldnt want a 265hp miata!!!! So hopefully they can offer us something similar for under $30k. it would be amazing
          Chris
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Moosetang
          I can't help but think the Miata's styling might have had something to do with the MazdaSpeed version not selling. When it comes to performance models, people typically want something that looks more the part ie fewer soft lines and maybe a little sleeker. I've always loved roadsters, but could never get excited about the Miata the same way I did the old Italian and British sports cars of the 60s-early 80s, or the S2000 because of its softer, more effeminate styling. I really hope they address that with the next generation, and can't wait to see the new Alfa Romeo as well.
        Kevin Gregerson
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        They don't say it until they get good tires on the BRZ. Problem with the BRZ is that it comes with crap for grip tires so it's just fun to drive. If you mess with that though, the fun factor kind of goes away but you corner better.
      sp33dklz
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm so tired of retractable hard-tops. I can't wait for them to go away. They're heavy, complicated, clunky, unsightly, and they don't solve anything.
        skeeler
        • 8 Months Ago
        @sp33dklz
        You can still get the soft top, which is 77 lb lighter on the NC. All indications are that the soft top will continue on the ND.
        fran
        • 8 Months Ago
        @sp33dklz
        Tell that to mclaren
        Ryan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @sp33dklz
        If anything, the retractable hard top on the NC should be the gold standard. It adds minimal weight, looks great up, and doesn't take up any additional space compared to the soft top when stowed. What's not to like?
          Chris
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Ryan
          I've personally never liked the look of the retractable hard tops on these cars, or any for that matter. Rag tops are not only lighter and less complex, but also look a lot classier as well, especially with a little roadster like this where the name of the game has always been more along the lines of simplicity as opposed to luxury.
          Lachmund
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Ryan
          I think it looks terrible compared to the softtop.
        bvjvg
        • 8 Months Ago
        @sp33dklz
        They are more quite and typically more ridged than the soft top. yeah they add weight but not much. I don't know if you watched a retractable top on a miata but they aren't complicated. only take 12 seconds to put up or down. If you dont like them dont buy one.
          Chris
          • 8 Months Ago
          @bvjvg
          To be honest, I've ridden in tons of convertibles as my father always had Corvette convertibles when I was a kid, and a Jeep Wrangler. I have a couple family members who have MINI Cooper convertibles, and I drove an 89' Mustang LX convertible as well, and never once did I find myself thinking damn if it weren't for this wind noise. The only time I ever noticed wind noise was in the Wrangler when the top was up and the side curtains were off while going down the highway. With the exception of that Jeep, all of convertibles I've ridden were pretty quiet inside.
      Peter Karwowski
      • 8 Months Ago
      And still no turbo.
        J W
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Peter Karwowski
        This car has never been about power. It's all about the chassis. Every time they produce a turbo model, they sell very few. There is no business case to make a turbo engine a priority.
        sp33dklz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Peter Karwowski
        It doesn't need one.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Peter Karwowski
        Buy an older one and insert GM's LS1... :)
        skeeler
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Peter Karwowski
        A turbo would require recertification, which wouldn't be economically viable for a low-volume special edition.
        Dave
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Peter Karwowski
        They sold one with a turbocharger once. They had to discount them massively and they couldn't compete with the aftermarket turbocharger systems.
      Spec
      • 8 Months Ago
      Build an electric one, Mazda.
        Marco Polo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Spec
        @ Spec The MX-5 makes a terrific Ev conversion ! I've built several, and it's a popular glider for many conversions world wide. In Japan there's a famous coach-builder who specialises in a very professional electric version, with an EV range of 300+ miles and very fast charging. A perfect entry EV model for Mazda !
        Tony Belding
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Spec
        I'd love an electric one. Mazda won't be making it anytime soon, if ever. Maybe some other company will.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's finally getting an engine with good fuel economy? took 'em long enough... seriously!
        Dave
        • 8 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I average about 28 mpg with my 1997. I'm not complaining, but it always did seem like a car as tiny as the Miata could do better.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 8 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I averaged 28mpg with my 1996 BMW 328is ( 2.8L 6 cylinder ) and 34mpg in my 1994 Honda Del sol ( 1.5 ). Getting those results with a 1.8L motor on a car lighter than my Del Sol is awful.
          Kevin Gregerson
          • 8 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          You aren't accounting for design. Your Del sol was a front wheel drive. RWD has the issue of having to work around the aerodynamics of a pumpkin in the back which will always kill gas mileage by 3-5mpg. Though with this new setup, I'd venture that 38mpg is achievable.
          wooable
          • 8 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          It's the gear ratios. The Miata's close gear ratio makes it a peppy little car despite its low displacement. However because of this you'll get terrible gas mileage since at highway the car will be around 4000 rpm while a corvette with its massive 6.2l will be cruising around 1500 rpm thanks to its wide gear ratios; resulting in better mpg than the miata.
          bonehead
          • 8 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          actually your DelSol weighs 200lbs less than the current miata. And a 1.5L it way way less thirsty than a 1.8L. And the miata (while slow) would be massively faster than the del sol. Another thing to consider is that these days we have SH!T for gas where it contains ethanol. You would not get those same numbers today. Ive measured it on my cars and my vibe got 31 on non ethanol gas and 28 when it had ethanol. sucks.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Drivetrain + Suspension Components = Chassis....? No.
      bleexeo
      • 8 Months Ago
      Let's hope that the electric power steering doesn't suck.
      CHEDDARIFIC
      • 8 Months Ago
      1. That's an NC engine. Everyone knows the US is getting the Skyactiv 2.0L now so I don't see why they'd do this. Perhaps they're still tuning that header? Hope so -- 155 hp isn't enough for anybody but old men (the current buyer demo). 2. The tires are on backwards -- No, they are NOT supposed to be mounted like this. Typical Mazda. For all the genius of this car, that company eff's the details up constantly. 3. Lots of aluminum and streamlined bits -- I'd guess 30-40 pounds of that 200 lb target came out of the "chassis" shown here. This should be lighter than the NB Miata, which is quite a thing.
      CoolWaters
      • 8 Months Ago
      NOW This should be a Hybrid.
        bonehead
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        for this kind of car a hybrid would suck. But there is one kind i could see being good. If they made a mild hybrid that was still controlable with a manual that would be great. Put the electric motor in the transmission and give it a small amount of battery capacity. Use the electric motor to add low end torgue. But the only problem is that to regen brake, you would have to be in geat. So there might need to be another braking generator. But i could see a hybrid designed just to add torgue that weighs very little. The concept car for the NC actually proposed something similar way way back when
          pnut166
          • 8 Months Ago
          @bonehead
          Ferrari has a hybrid system they are phasing in. Weighs less than 100 lbs, adds 100hp boost to the traditional Ferrari drivetrain model.
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