Mazda reveals 20th Anniversary Edition MX-5Open-top favourite gets 20th birthday special

01 February 2010

Mazda MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition

Mazda's popular MX-5 roadster comes in three colours: Aurora Blue (above), True Red and Crystal White

Mazda has announced a 20th Anniversary Edition of the world’s - and Which? Car’s - . This very special will debut at the Geneva motor show in March.

The Mazda MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition is based on the 1.8-litre soft-top roadster, and will only be available in Europe as a limited run of just 2,000 units. The intention of this special is to remind car buyers of the joys of back-to-basics, top-down motoring.

20th Anniversary style

However, this doesn’t mean you’re getting a stripped back MX-5 with little standard kit. The 20th Anniversary Edition features a special bodykit, plus chrome grille, door handles and headlight fascia joined by silver-look fog light surrounds and bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels.

Badging on the outside is complimented by a 20th Anniversary Edition stainless steel scuff plate, individually numbered from 1 to 2,000. The cars are available in a choice of True Red, Crystal White and new Aurora Blue, mimicking the original three-colour line-up of the Mk1 MX-5, with decorative elements of the interior painted to match.

There are no changes to the engine, but the 20th Anniversary Edition MX-5 does include an extra front suspension bracing bar to further tighten the handling.

The Mazda MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition premieres at the Geneva Motor Show next month, where prices should also be revealed.

Start asking you local dealer now if you want one, as it can't be over-stressed just how popular this car is likely to be with both enthusiasts and collectors.

New Mazda5 and Mazda6 also coming to Geneva

Alongside this special MX-5 on the Mazda stand at Geneva will be the all-new Mazda5 people carrier, and a facelifted version of the , bringing it up to date with the latest Mazda smiley-face looks


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Key enhancements for these new models include a new 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine, with significantly improved environmental performance, start-stop technology and new automatic transmission.