Mazda are planning to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their infinitely popular MX-5 by releasing a special edition. The not-so shockingly named 25th Anniversary Edtion will go on sale in the UK from August 1st and to be honest, it sounds disappointing.
While I enjoy the MX-5 and appreciate it for its qualities, I dont believe it to be the heavenly car many others make it out to be. Seeing as this generation of the MX-5 is soon to end, I thought that Mazda might go and make a loony 25th Anniversary edition. Perhaps with a power upgrade and some other silliness. I believe their customers have been calling out for such a version for a long time, and this was surely a good time to pull the trigger.
What we are instead treated to on the 25th Anniversary MX-5 is a glorified trim pack, the style of which is seen in many other cars on sale today. Red stitching with black highlights is a colour scheme replicated in nearly every other sporty car on sale today. In their defence, I will say that the hand finished panel on each dashboard sounds very cool and will undoubtedly be a nice touch. However, red stitching, some logos, and some black highlights and alloys just dont cut it for an edition this rare (only 1,000 will be produced). On top of all of this is the fact that its almost certainly going to be too expensive for what it is, although that is yet to be announced.
If you do wish to register your interest in the 25th Anniversary MX-5, you can do so here; http://www.mazda.co.uk/coming-soon/mx-5-25th-anniversary. Im afraid Ill have to put this down as a missed opportunity to do something very special for a car with a very special following.
Driven by an intense passion for cars seemingly since birth, Jonny throws himself into his writing as if it was a twisty corner in his native region of Devon. A region he once described as "one of the best places in the world to analyze a car". Whilst lost, he once drove around aimlessly for nine and half hours inside central Paris, and he's still getting over it.