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Mazda MX-5 Kendo Special Edition

New UK-only spec MX-5 with bespoke features

Mazda MX-5 Kendo Special Edition front three-quarter

The new special edition Mazda MX-5 Kendo

A new Kendo special edition of Mazda’s popular MX-5 sports car is arriving in time for the 11-plate registration in March.

The Mazda MX-5 Kendo also marks a significant milestone in MX-5 history – Mazda has now built more than 900,000 of them, of which more than 100,000 have been sold in the UK.

Read about the cars that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2012.

Mazda MX-5 Kendo: The way of the Sword

The MX-5 Kendo is named after a Japanese martial art, which according to Mazda roughly translates into The way of the Sword.

Mazda MX-5 Kendo Special Edition rear three-quarter

The Mazda MX-5 Kendo is available in Sparkling Black or this Dolphin Grey only

Based on the existing SE specification, the Kendo is available in two versions: a 124bhp 1.8i petrol soft-top, priced at £19,255, and a 158bhp 2.0i petrol roadster coupe – complete with folding metal hardtop – priced at £22,320.

That represents an additional premium of £485 for the soft-top and £1,550 for the roadster coupe – but in exchange you get extra items of kit and some bespoke features.

Read our review of the Mazda MX-5

Upgrades inside and out

Visually the Kendo features a unique Stone Leather interior with grey stitching on the steering wheel and hand brake, special 17-inch alloy wheels, Kendo badging on the outside and the floor mats, aluminium trim for the style bar and aluminium pedals.

A choice of Sparkling Black or Dolphin Grey metallic paint is included in the price.

Additional equipment over the SE include a front foglights, heated seats, Bose stereo, Bluetooth and cruise control.

Mazda MX-5 Kendo Special Edition interior

Heated seats, a Bose stereo and Bluetooth connectivity are notable extras

There are no mechanical modifications.

Find out more about optional extras here

Popular choice

The Mazda MX-5 Kendo is a UK-only special edition, and is available to order on 1 March.

Special editions have traditionally been popular among MX-5 customers, so if the Kendo takes your fancy you’d best not ponder the decision for too long.

Read more about the latest Hot Car Deal featuring the Mazda MX-5

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