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The Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 25th Anniversary Limited Edition is slated to hit dealerships in the third quarter of the year, according to Mazda UK.

First revealed to the public on 9 February at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, the Mazda MX-5 caused a sensation. Reintroducing a category of vehicle that had become all but extinct by the early 70s, it was an instant hit on a global scale, far outstripping the company’s own sales predictions.

When global production reached 531,890 units in May 2000, the popular Mazda roadster was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car in history. Total global production passed the 900,000 mark in February 2011, and the Mazda MX-5’s Guinness certification was updated.

About 750 of the 1,000 units of the limited-edition Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe are reserved for the UK market. The first of the MX-5 Roadster Coupe 25th anniversary has already been confirmed for showcase at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 26 – 29 June. “To date, three generations of Mazda MX-5 have witnessed the release of over 43 Special Edition versions in the UK since 1990,” Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director of Mazda UK, commented. “None, however, could be more significant to us than this 25th Anniversary Limited Edition, which marks such an important milestone for a car that single-handedly reintroduced the world to the pleasures of exhilarating and affordable open-topped motoring.”

With a comprehensive equipment specification based on the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0 liter Sport Tech Nav, the 25th Anniversary limited-edition boasts a wealth of additional exterior and interior features unavailable on any other MX-5.

A variant-unique, Soul Red Metallic paint finish is complemented by Brilliant Black door mirrors, A-pillar and power-operated retractable hardtop roof. 17-inch Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels, a rear diffuser and chrome exhaust trim complete the bespoke exterior, with each example benefiting from unique, limited-edition numbered external badging.

On board, the 25th Anniversary limited-edition MX-5 may be instantly identified by heated, Light Stone leather trimmed upholstery which incorporates contrasting red stitching to the seats, steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake lever, and 25th Anniversary logo-embossed headrests. This unique interior design is completed by a bespoke, hand-painted Dark Red dashboard decoration panel, Brilliant Black roll-over bar covers, alloy pedal set and 25th Anniversary stainless steel scuff plates.

Specific to the UK 25th Anniversary MX-5 is a 6.1-inch touch screen Mazda Navigation System. Exclusively engineered for Mazda by Alpine, the fully integrated, high resolution system features 46 European country maps, 29 different languages, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, an integrated CD, radio and DVD player with a 50:50 split screen allowing for the simultaneous viewing of two input sources, and customizable user profile settings for each driver.

Its 2.0-liter, 16v, 160ps powerplant allied to a slick, short-throw 6-speed manual transmission, the lightweight, compact, 25th Anniversary MX-5 marries sub-8 second 0-62 mph acceleration and a 136mph top speed with perfect, 50:50 weight distribution and a low moment of inertia for exemplary agility and driving enjoyment.

Only 1,000 units of the MX-5 25th Anniversary are made available, and in the UK the limited-edition hits showrooms on 1 August.

Edited: Mazda UK