It was like a birth at a funeral as the Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition model was revealed at the 2014 New York auto show alongside the chassis of the next-generation model.
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While the skeletal chassis of the new-generation MX-5 is the main attraction, the full-bodied celebratory 25

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Anniversary Edition model features a range of changes and alterations to the existing MX-5, which originally went on sale in 2005.

The car is available solely in Mazda’s signature Soul Red metallic paint, with the folding hard-top convertible roof, front pillars, door mirrors and seat-back roll-bar are all finished in glossy Brilliant Black. The headlights also feature black bezels, there are 25

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Anniversary Edition badges with each car’s build number.

Driving dynamics have been fettled with, as the limited edition model rides on Bilstein dampers (manual only) and has 17-inch alloys finished in dark gunmetal grey fitted with Bridgestone Potenza RE05A tyres.Mazda_MX-5_25th_Anniversary_Edition_EX_006

Inside, there’s a hand-painted piano black instrument panel, off-white leather seats with red stitching, a hand-painted decorative section across the dash, a leather-lined steering wheel and gear-shift boot (manual only), stainless steel scuff plates and aluminium pedals.

Under the bonnet there is no extra power from the car’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which still produces 118kW and 188Nm for both the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic. However, the company claims it has paid “meticulous attention” to the weight and balance of the engine’s moving parts, including the pistons, connecting rods and flywheel which have been lightened to make the engine rev more freely.

A release from the company states: “This anniversary model was created to express our sincere gratitude to the millions of MX-5 enthusiasts around the world, and as such Mazda spared no effort in creating the very best MX-5 yet, the culmination of everything we have learnt about open-top lightweight sports cars over the past 25 years.”

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The model will be sold in Australia from later this year, with 40 units available of a total of 1000 worldwide. As about 80 per cent of MX-5 models currently sold are of the manual variety, it is likely that all of the Anniversary Editions will be stick-shift versions.

Mazda Australia has not made any comment on pricing, though it is likely the model will not be priced a long way from the current hard-top version’s price of $49,885.

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