It’s been 25 years since Mazda breathed life into the convertible sports car market and it is introducing its 25th Anniversary Edition MX-5 at New York Auto Show 2015. While most companies are happy enough slapping a limited edition logo on a car, Mazda is also introducing a much awaited newly developed chassis of the next MX-5. Over the years, the MX-5, or Miata in the U.S. has lost some of its original fun driving factor and became a tad heavy. The Anniversary edition has its own website you check out here.
The 25th Anniversary Edition was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show
Along with the special edition model celebrating 25 years since the launch of Mazda’s iconic roadster in 1989, the Mazda MX-5, the automaker is also introducing a newly-developed SKYACTIV-Chassis to be used in the upcoming next generation MX-5. The engine and chassis are shown together and this time as a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout. We are happy to here that the next generation MX-5 will be the most compact yet and the engine will be placed back, to lower the center of gravity lowered. Mazda claims the Syactiv technology will reduce the overall weight by more than 220 Lbs.
According to Mazda’s Chairman of the Board, Takashi Yamanouchi: “The original concept behind the MX-5 was so simple; to offer the pure joy of a lightweight sport car that moves precisely as the driver intends. While responding to increasing safety and environmental requirements, over the 25 years since its launch we have had to continually reinvent the MX-5—far beyond simple evolution—in order to stay true to that original ideal. The history of the MX-5 is one of changing everything in order to stay the same. A history of innovating, in order to preserve.”
We feel this also mean good news for the Alfa Romeo net Spider.