What Is It?
Miata fans will be pleased with the Mazda display at this year's New York Auto Show, as the brand's iconic sports car plays a central role. One important new debut is the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition, which celebrates 25 years since the sports car's original debut. Mazda also showed off the chassis for its upcoming 2016 MX-5 Miata, which is expected to go on sale next year.
The 25th Anniversary MX-5 Miata is an especially appealing special edition, due to its upgrades over the standard model. There's a unique color -- Soul Red Metallic -- along with black accents throughout the exterior and black 17-inch alloy wheels. All 25th Anniversary models will also feature the MX-5 Miata's power retractable hardtop, finished in black.
Under the skin, the 25th Anniversary MX-5 Miata offers unique off-white leather upholstery, along with 25th Anniversary badging and hand stitching. Power will come from the same 2.0-liter 4-cylinder as the typical MX-5 Miata, though Mazda says sporty Bilstein shock absorbers will give the car a more performance-oriented ride. If all that sounds good to you, you'd better act fast: Mazda says it's only bringing 100 25th Anniversary models to the United States.
Beyond showing off the 25th Anniversary Edition, Mazda also revealed the chassis for the next-generation Miata, which is scheduled to go on sale next year as a 2016 model. While the brand has been light on details, we know that the new chassis will offer a weight savings over the current one, along with a lower center of gravity for improved handling.
Pricing has not yet been announced for the 25th Anniversary Edition, though we expect the car's base price to likely come close to $30,000 with shipping.
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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is already among the most iconic cars on the market, and the limited-production 25th Anniversary model commemorates that status with unique trim and upgraded suspension. Sure, it'll be more expensive than the original Miata was, and it's a lot heavier. But the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition still offers many of the features we've always loved about the Miata, from its 2-seat setup to a folding top that allows for many miles of enjoyable driving.
Other Cars to Consider
Scion FR-S -- It doesn't come with a convertible top, which eliminates it from contention for some buyers. But the Scion FR-S offers excellent driving dynamics, good looks and reasonable pricing that starts around $25,500 with shipping.
Nissan 370Z -- The V6-powered Nissan 370Z is a lot larger and more powerful than the MX-5, but the basics are there: two seats, rear-wheel drive and an available convertible top that offers enjoyable driving with the wind in your hair.
Subaru BRZ -- Mechanically similar to the FR-S, the BRZ also doesn't offer a convertible variant. But it boasts the FR-S' same excellent driving dynamics and reasonable pricing that make it a strong competitor to the MX-5.