That Time When Mazda Teased Us With Modern Version Of The 1967 Cosmo But Didn’t Make It
The idea of a new car that looks like a classic is not a new one, as many carmakers and design studios have been romanticizing it for a long time. However, it became most obvious around the early 2000s, with cars like the muscle car trio – the Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, and cars like the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500, only to name a few. That said, while many of these concepts went into production, others did not. Such is the case with the 2002 Mazda Cosmo 21, which took the Miata NB and turned it into a faithful representation of the first Mazda to use a Wankel (rotary) engine.
2020 Mazda MX-5 GT Sport Tech
Let’s be honest: the current-gen Mazda MX-5 ‘Miata’ is becoming pretty long in the tooth. The fourth-gen MX-5 (codenamed ND) was shown six years ago and entered the market in 2015. So it’s only natural that Mazda is doing its best to keep it fresh and appealing. This time, the Japanese carmaker focused on the U.K. market, with the so-called GT Sport Tech treatment. Here’s what it’s all about.
2020 Mazda MX-5 R-Sport Special Edition
As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, Mazda is giving loyal fans a reason to celebrate with the launch of the MX-5 R-Sport Limited Edition. Available only in the U.K., the MX-5 R-Sport Limited Edition is a fresh take at the beloved roadster, complete with exclusive touches in the exterior and interior.
The Mazda MX-5 R-Sport Limited Edition is a fresher and bolder version of a roadster that’s not lacking in impressive design qualities. Only 150 units of the special edition MX-5 will be available. Each model is priced at £27,700, which converts to around $34,600 based on current exchange rates. It’s unclear if the special edition MX-5 will be sold in the U.S., though knowing how these things work, don’t get your hopes up.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition Proves that the U.S. Market Remains a Hotbed for Special Edition Models
Remember when automakers created special edition models and offered them in other markets except for the U.S.? While that still holds true in some way, the karma Gods have decided to throw downtrodden American buyers a few “special edition” bones in recent years. One of those bones was the Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary, which Mazda unveiled to great fanfare at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show in February. Only 500 units were made available in the market, and, as expected, eager beavers scooped up all 500 units in a matter of hours. You would think that those who weren’t able to score a reservation for one would be down on their luck, right? Well, the karma Gods are back, baby, and they have instructed — or at least I think they did — Mazda to throw in an additional 143 units of the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition for the U.S. market. Unfortunately, the 143 extra units are allotted only to those who signed up on the waitlist for the special edition MX-5. That’s fine because it still beats getting shut out completely, right? The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary has a starting price of $34,995.
The Mazda MX-5 Celebrates its 30th Birthday at Chicago Auto Show with a Limited Edition model
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been in the automotive industry for three decades now and the automaker decided to celebrate the occasion with the launch of the 30th Anniversary Edition of the MX-5 at the Chicago Auto Show. What makes it all the more special is that the original MX-5 also made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show back in 1989! The 30th Anniversary Edition will be limited to a production of just 3,000 copies.
2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Custom Style
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has earned its place in automotive history as arguably the most successful compact sports car in the industry. It’s never had insane amounts of power, but its combination of size, performance, and versatility has turned into an all-time great. The model is over 25 years old and has seen four generations worth of changes; that longevity is another one of its most notable claims to fame. This year though, Mazda did something to the MX-5 that it hasn’t done in the model’s long and proud history. It reconfigured the sports car with a targa roof, christening it as the MX-5 Miata RF, and giving it an extra jolt life that it probably didn’t need on its way to becoming an all-timer. Not content with just introducing the MX-5 RF, Mazda is taking it to another level with the introduction of a special edition version of the Miata RF, called the RF Custom Style.
Scheduled to make its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon in early Januaryk, the MX-5 RF Custom Style is the first special edition treatment given to the new Miata variant. We all know that Mazda’s not bashful about giving the MX-5 special edition varieties – the just-announced MX-5 Arctic Edition is proof of that – so it’s not a surprise that it’s giving some of that love to the MX-5 RF.
In true Mazda fashion, the exclusive features of the Miara RF Custom Style aren’t just cosmetic by nature. It’s not just about making the car look racier than it already is. It’s about enhancing the performance credentials of the rear-wheel-drive, compact sports roadster and make it even more hellacious to drive on the track. It’s true that the RF variant of the Miata is heavier than the standard version on account of the retractable roof panel and the lift-up flying buttresses. Mazda didn’t specifically mention it, but there’s a good chance that added aerodynamic components on the RF Custom Style is Mazda’s way of addressing the extra weight and improve the car’s performance to “standard” Miata levels.
There’s no way of confirming that at this point because the automaker did not release the performance figures of the MX-5 RF Custom Style. The puzzle pieces fit though and in the absence of anything concrete, it’s worth establishing that there’s really more to the MX-5 Miata RF Custom Style than meets the (naked) eye.
The numbers should be impressive, but there is a always a downside when it comes to special edition MX-5s. More often than not, they don’t make their way to the US market and unless Mazda specifically says otherwise, don’t expect the MX-5 Miata RF Custom Style to find its way here too.
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2017 Mazda MX-5 Arctic Edition
Special edition versions of the Mazda MX-5 Miata aren’t exactly a rare breed. In the sports coupe’s life span, we’ve seen one unique iteration after another, each more unique than the other. The current-generation MX-5 isn’t immune to this lavish treatment as Mazda has prepared SE versions like the Recaro Limited Edition, the Icon Special Edition, and the just-announced Arctic Edition. Each one of them had one thing in common: they were all MX-5 Miatas at heart.
The MX-5 Miata Arctic Edition follows in a long line of special edition Miatas. It’s got a special body color that matches the mood of the season it’s celebrating. It also has complementary trim accents and an interior that’s dressed to the nines. And let’s not forget about the cool name. “Arctic Edition” looks and sounds like a boss, which is probably why Mazda decided to use it again after first bestowing the name to, you guessed it, the MX-5 Miata 12 years ago.
The automaker has scheduled a February 2017 release for the special edition model, with only 400 units set to be made available. It’s not a big number by any means, but it suits the Arctic Edition well because all 400 units are likely to be scooped up faster than it takes Santa to make his own snow angel.
The only downside to all of this is that the Arctic Edition will be exclusively sold in the U.K. market, which means us folks here across the Atlantic are once again out of luck.
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2016 Mazda2 Red Edition
The fourth-generation Mazda2 arrived in 2014 with a brand-new exterior design and a revamped interior. Like most recent Mazda models, the small hatchback also adopted the brand’s "KODO - Soul of Motion" design language and a more upscale cabin that includes a digital instrument cluster and a leather steering wheel on the more expensive trims. The new generation also brought new engines to the Mazda2. Depending on the market, customers can choose between 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter gasoline engines or a 1.5-liter diesel. All three have four-cylinder configurations and Mazda’s latest SkyActiv technology.
Arguably one of the prettiest cars in its segment, the Mazda2 has become popular in certain European markets, especially in the United Kingdom. As a result, Mazda has already launched the special edition Sport Black in the country. Now, the Japanese are introducing a new limited-edition model. Dubbed Red Edition, it comes with two optional exterior colors at no cost and bespoke accents inside and out. It is based on the SE-L Nav trim and comes with all the goodies available with the pricier model.
The Red Edition is limited to only 400 units and won’t be sold outside Britain. Don’t get your hopes up on finding a special-edition Mazda2 model in the U.S. because the little hatchback is not available Stateside.
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2016 Mazda MX-5 Icon Special Edition
It’s no secret that the Mazda MX-5 is undoubtedly a legend in the roadster world, with more than a million models produced since its debut at the Chicago Auto Show back in 1989. A fourth generation came to be for the 2014 model year, and now Mazda is announcing the first special-edition model derived from the fourth-gen model. Dubbed the Mazda MX-5 Icon, it is based on the SE-L Nav trim level and will make its public debut on June 24th at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The MX-5 will be displayed as part of a package deal that also includes the European debut of the Mazda MX-5 RF the first appearance the MX-5 Speedster and Spyder concept cars outside of U.S. Borders. To add a bit of celebratory spark to the event, Mazda is also showcasing its one-millionth production MX-5 at the same time. Needless to say, it’s going to be a pretty big party for Mazda at Goodwood and, if you’re in the region, you’ll be disappointed if you miss the MX-5 Icon’s official public debut.
Jeremy Thomson, the Managing Director of Mazda Motors in the U.K., said, “We are delighted that U.K. MX-5 fans will get to see both the Icon special edition and the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. With over 120,000 sales since its launch in 1990, the U.K. has played a huge part in the MX-5 success story, and the Icon follows a long tradition of special edition MX-5s that allow customers to have a stand out vehicle which is truly affordable." Thomson continued saying, "And I’m really excited about the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF, this is a car that offers something new and I’m sure it will attract even more people to the MX-5 family, which is why I’d encourage anyone interest in the RF to pre-order early, as based on dealer feedback after its launch at the New York Motor Show, we envisage that demand will outstrip supply when the car goes on sale next year."
With that said, the Icon boasts a number of features that makes it stand out in the crowd. It’s the fourth car to wear the ICON badge after three other special editions from 2000, 2005, and 2007, and will only be produced to the tune of 600 examples.
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2016 Mazda3 Sport Black Special Edition
Launched in 2003 on a platform shared with the Ford Focus, the Mazda3 was generally well received for its performance, handling, and styling. It was often described as feeling like a more expensive compact despite its value-oriented sticker, a feat that continued in the second-generation model as well. After a decade of using Ford underpinnings, the Mazda3 finally received a
developed platform in 2013, the same year the compact adopted the "KODO: Soul of Motion" design language.
Having already received its mid-cycle facelift for 2016, the third-gen Mazda3 is an exceptional model in a market packed with compacts. It combines standout styling, the latest safety features, a well-appointed interior, excellent dynamics and, more importantly, an affordable sticker. It won’t get better than this until the fourth-gen version arrives in a couple of years, but for the time being Mazda wants to bring more customers to its dealerships by offering more special editions of the compact. The latest in this line is the Sport Black edition.
Based on hatchback model, the Sport Black features sporty exterior enhancements and a generous list of standard features on the inside. The only downside is that this special edition is a U.K.-only vehicle and won’t cross the pond to the U.S. Until Mazda launches a similar model here, let’s have a look at the limited-edition hatch the Brits will find in dealerships starting April 2016.
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The 2015 SEMA Show proved to be an exciting event for Mazda MX-5 enthusiasts. We saw the Japanese automaker launch the Speedster and Spyder concepts, which took the sportiness of the fourth-gen Miata to a new level, thanks to their reduced curb weights and bespoke features. Unfortunately, Mazda doesn’t plan to produce either of the two, meaning U.S. customers are stuck with the stock version for the time being.
Not that this is bad news, but many enthusiasts have been clamoring about a more powerful (turbocharged) version or at least a couple of special-edition models.
While that’s not likely to happen in the U.S. at least until 2016, British drivers have already been granted access to a special-edition model. Dubbed Sport Recaro, the model is more of a trim update rather than a stand-alone version, but it comes with plenty of bespoke features and in fewer numbers than usual to qualify for a "limited-edition" badge.
The MX-5 Sport Recaro is based on the range-topping Sport Nav trim, which is already a well-equipped model, but its unique features help it stand out among other Miatas. Furthermore, it’s not as expensive as its limited-edition status suggests, providing more bang for the buck than similar models from other automakers. Find out more about it below.
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Anyone considering Mazda MX-5 ownership is probably concerned with one overarching attribute – fun. Not fun in the sense of tire-melting acceleration or space-time-denting speed, but the kind of fun that can only be had in taking a turn at the limits of adhesion as each contact patch talks directly to the driver’s spine. You could call it driving dynamics, or tossability, or even just handling if you want to be clinical about it. Either way, Mazda knows all about this kind of fun, and nowhere is it more prevalent than in the MX-5. Now, Mazda is offering the new MX-5 RS, which adds suspension upgrades and better interior equipment to the iconic drop-top, all with the aim of upping the fun factor to even loftier levels.
We’ve seen RS’ed versions of the MX-5 in the past, but this is the first time the badge has made it to the latest fourth-generation roadster. Mazda says the new suspension changes make for better control at high speeds, with cleaner weight transition when sailing through the corners. It’s also very affordable.
Sounds awesome, right? Well, I might as well break it to you now – the new MX-5 RS won’t be sold anywhere outside of Japan. Commence the waterworks.
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The current 2014 Mazda2 will soon leave us as the fourth generation is ushered in to take its place. But before it goes, UK customers will have a chance to snag a special iteration of the third-gen vehicle, dubbed either the Black Edition or the White Edition, depending on preference of hue. At seven years old, this five-door supermini might be a bit long in the tooth, but that hasn’t stopped the Japanese automaker from gussying it up one last time before putting it away.
The Mazda2 is a car that touts a bit of a double identity, with comfortable commuter and corner slicing, front-wheel-drive performer both making an appearance on its resume, all at an affordable price. It may not be the most exciting vehicle to fly the Mazda badge, but for under $20,000, it gets the job done. We’ve seen this vehicle around in one form or another since 1996, and its tall design was created to maximize space despite somewhat pint-sized exterior dimensions. Between 2007 and 2014, the Mazda2 was available as a three-door hatch, a four-door sedan, or a five-door hatch. Now, Mazda hopes to grab at least a few more five-door lovers with these two new limited production versions.
As the new generation nips at its heels, it might be difficult to rationalize the purchase of the Black and White Edition. However, Mazda is betting on a dash of interior upgrades and unique exterior styling cues to draw in buyers.
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In 25 years, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has become a cult icon and entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling, two-seat, open-top sports car. But that is old news, and we are here to show you just what Mazda plans to do in celebration of the Miata’s 25th year in existence. The automaker is launching a 25th Anniversary Edition at the New York Auto Show to show buyers just how important the roadster is to Mazda.
This special-edition MX-5 Miata is based on the power retractable hard top (PRHT) version of the car, giving this drop-top a nice and quiet cabin when the top is up — I noted this in my recent test drive of the Club version. The 25th Anniversary Edition will be exclusively available in Soul Red Metallic — a proper color for the iconic sports car — with contrasting black mirrors, A-pillars and top. On the inside, the special model gets off-white leather seating and door trim, and a hand-finished decorative panel.
Under the hood, things will remain the same, as it will feature the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder mill that cranks out 167 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque when mated to the standard six-cog manual. You can also opt for the six-speed auto transmission, but that results in 11 fewer ponies under the hood. This special MX-5 also gets the added benefit of Bilstein dampers to keep it glued to the road in the twist.
Unfortunately, there are no real modifications to this car other than the exclusive colors inside and out, the hand-worked decorative panel and badges, but it is still a nice send-off for the NC-generation MX-5.
Updated 6/25/2014: Mazda will show off the 25th Anniversary Edition MX-5 at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it has release nineteen new images leading up to its public showing.
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Well that didn’t take long, did it? It’s already universally recognized that the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most popular models in the history of the industry. So it didn’t come as a surprise that when Mazda released the MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition, all 100 models of the car were accounted for in just 10 minutes.
Reservations for the sports roadster were set for 10:25 AM Pacific Daylight Time yesterday and as soon as the time read "10:35, all 100 models were reserved via 250 individual registrations, rendering Mazda’s allocated time for pre-orders that was set until May 31, 2014 essentially useless. Who didn’t see that one coming?
Those who successfully registered their reservations will now get contacted by Mazda North America and given the chance to pre-order the model. The first 100 who verify their intent to purchase and provide transmission selection will get first dibs, meaning that not all 250 will end up with the special-edition model.
And as an added bonus, the 100 who secure the special model will each be given a Swiss-made, custom-crafted Tourneau watch with an Italian-made genuine leather black strap, contrasting Soul Red stitching, and a deployant buckle.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition will sell for $32,205 with a six-speed manual transmission and $32,655 for those equipped with an automatic.
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