Mazda's 25th anniversary MX-5 ready for Goodwood reveal

What's this?

Mazda's celebration of 25 years of the Mazda MX-5:the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition (25AE). It offers a lot of equipment for 22,995 and only 750 will arrive in the UK.

What's new?

You'd be forgiven for thinking this is a normal MX-5, but the 25AE has an impressive specification including suspension tweaks anda bunch of trim options that you can only get on this new model.

Coming in an unique exterior shade of Soul Red Metallic, the MX-5 25AE features Brilliant Black door mirrors, windscreen surround and power-retracting hard top. Special17-inch gunmetal alloys complete the exterior look, while Bilstein dampers give it a slightly lower look as well as improving ride and handling when compared to a regular MX-5.

On the inside you'll findoff-white Light Stoneleather upholstery and door cards, with contrasting red stitching in the heated seats, steering wheel, gear-levergaiter and handbrake,and the headrests are embossed with 25th Anniversary Editionlogos. That's not all the rest of the car's specification includesa red dashboard decoration panel, Brilliant Black roll-over bar covers, an alloy pedal set and 25th Anniversary Edition stainless steel scuff plates.

That giant list of extras is in addition to the regular and equally generous MX-5 Sport Tech Nav trim, although the 25AE receives a specific upgrade to the Mazda Navigation System, developed by Alpine, with a 6.1-inch touchscreen.

What powers it?

All 25th Anniversary Editions are based on the 2.0-litre roadster coupe, so there's 158hp availablethrough a six-speed manual transmission. This should get the car from a standstill to 60mph in 7.9 secondsand return 25.9mpg combined, whichputs it into VED Band Iat 220 peryear.

Anything else?

Only 1,000 of these will be made and astestament to Britain's love affair with the MX-5, 750 of them will come to the UK. Each will have a limited-edition number plaque and #1 will be shown to the general public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.

How much will it cost me?

They go on sale on 1 August 2014 and we think they'll sell swiftlyat 22,995. There's an all-new MX-5 on the way next year, soyou'll need to act quickly before this generation of Mazda's iconic car disappearsfrom showrooms.

Any alternatives?

If you've ever owned or driven an MX-5, it's pretty clear that there aren't any alternatives that's why they've sold nearly one million of the things in the past 25 years. Sure, thereare other convertibles such asthe MINI Roadster or the Citroen DS3,but the MX-5 dominatesthis sector to the point that no-one really tries to compete with it any more.

In a line...

This is the ultimate road-going version of the MX-5, sograb one before it's replaced.

Check out our full summary of the Mazda MX-5for more information, including reviews, stats, photos and videos.

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