We like anniversaries at TopSpeed, mostly because we get to see some really impressive special editions of stock vehicles. Yet, as is life, there are some that are just a waste of road space. These machines take a good car and paint it with a unique color, add some badges, and charge a massive sum for the whole kit. That’s like celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary at a Burger King with a fancy upper level.
The Mazda MX-5 Super20 doesn’t have this issue. Not to mention the fact that the normal MX-5 was one hell of a machine. Ever since it was launched it has sold by the millions and become the quintessential British roadster, despite the fact it’s not even built in the UK.
So, what does the MX-5 Super20 offer that the normal version doesn’t. Well, we have put together a preview of this anniversary addition below.
Hit the jump to read on.
Exterior and Interior
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the MX-5 has been re-imagined with a darker, edgier attitude in the MX5 Super20. Like the Evil Track , this roadster has spent some time in the pen, giving it a hardened view on life and some evil attitude.
The overall look is a purposeful combination of street-tough style and motorsports-inspired attributes. This third generation vehicle acknowledges the iconic first-generation variant with modifications such as small diameter 16-inch lightweight Enkei RPF1 wheels wrapped in 245/45-R16 Toyo Proxes RA1 R-compound tires, and wider fenders. Not only do these upgrades hark back to the old days, but they give the car a very hunkered down look like a little sports car go-kart.
A hardtop has replaced the soft-top and the interior has been stripped down and fitted with a roll-bar, giving you the impression of being in a race car. The driver will get better support in the seats due to suede inserts and channel stitching. That Orange stitching highlights the sporty seat profile as well as providing a unique look to the overall interior. This interior look works well with the overall gray and orange look of the exterior.
Overall, we love the Storm Gray paint with black and orange stripes and it’s all nicely complemented by the black hardtop and fender flares. This thing is just brilliant.
Like the design of the car, the motor is going old school, as it’s a supercharged Cosworth engine. That’s right, the legendary motor company has placed one of its beauties into this little roadster. We can only imagine what this thing will be like to pilot.
Additional modifications include a DPTune reflashed ECU, Racing Beat 304-stainless steel header and exhaust, and anACT organic street clutch.
To help the Mazda Super20 go around corners, it has been given numerous upgrades, including MAZDASPEED coil overs, Racing Beat hollow front and rear anti-roll bars, MAZDASPEED shock tower brace, Power Slot slotted brake rotors, StopTech DOT-compliant stainless steel brake lines and street performance brake pads, SpeedSource front brake ducts, 16x9 Enkei RPF1 wheels wrapped with 245/45-R16 Toyo Proxes RA-1 R-compound tires, and 20mm H&R Trak+ hubcentric bolt-on wheel spacers in the rear and 15mm Sparco hubcentric wheel spacers up front.
You can take a breath now, as that sure is a lot of stuff. All this should help the MX-5 take corners better than ever before, but just be careful that you don’t hit any big bumps because we can imagine the setup is very hard.
Like the base MX-5, there isn’t much out there that can compete with it. In fact, the only rival that the Super20 has comes from within its own family. The Mazda MX-5 Cup Car should be able to give the Super20 a run for its money.
The MX-5 Cup car weighs just under 2,600 pounds and features an authoritative 195-horsepower motor. In the bends, the Cup car comes with double adjustable shocks, specified springs, and threaded-perch coil-overs. To be honest, there aren’t nearly as many modifications on the Cup Car as there are on the Super20, but that doesn’t mean much, as these Cup vehicles are born to race. We would love to pit the two against each other, but that’s only a dream.
When Will It Go On Sale
We just don’t know.