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by Tim Beissmann

Mazda UK has released a range of special edition models for the European summer, bringing with them sports styling, added luxury and a little Japanese flare.

The Mazda MX-5 Miyako continues the 20th anniversary celebrations of the world’s best selling roadster.

Named after the Japanese island Miyako-jima – one of the most idyllic and beautiful places in Japan and perfect for top-down driving – the Miyako is the first special edition model based on the upgraded MX-5 offered in both hard- and soft-top in the UK.

Special edition features include premium leather trim with red stitching, climate control, fog lamps, larger 17in alloys, front suspension strut brace for improved steering response and metallic paint.

Just 500 examples of each Miyako will be made for the UK market, with the soft-top starting at £18,385 ($32,550) and the coupe priced from £20,885 ($36,980) – which in the case of the coupe is just £590 ($1040) more than the standard SE model.

Meanwhile, the Mazda2, 3 and 6 ranges are also sporting special summer edition models badged Takuya – pronounced tah-koy-yah – after the Japanese word for forerunner or pioneer.

The Mazda2 Takuya is priced from £11,915 ($21,100) and adds 16in alloys, spoiler, sports bumpers and side skirts, fog lights, black interior, leather gear knob and steering wheel (with audio controls) and Bluetooth.

The Mazda3 Takuya, at £15,780 ($27,940), scores leather gear knob and steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, black interior with sports seats, Bluetooth, LED lights, six-CD changer and rain-sensing wipers.

The Mazda6 Takuya is available in three guises: the £19,845 2.0-litre hatch ($35,140), and the £20,945 2.2-litre diesel hatch ($37,090) and £21,595 estate ($38,240).

All three add 18in alloys, sports grille, dusk sensing headlights, alloy pedals, heated leather seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control and leather gear knob and steering wheel.