100th Anniversary Edition Mazda Miata Set for US Release
American Mazda fans rejoice — the 100th Anniversary Edition MX-5 Miata has been confirmed for a late 2020 release in the U.S. market, despite concerns that the vehicle’s debut would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the automaker announced that the stylish special edition would start at $32,670. If that news wasn’t exciting enough, here’s a look inside this exclusive model.
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Get to know the 100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata
The 100th Anniversary Edition Miata boasts more than a striking color scheme. This historic roadster sports a classy, subdued “100 Years 1920 – 2020” logo across its interior and exterior. On the outside, you’ll find the emblem on the fender and wheel caps, while the cabin features embossed headrests, red leather seats, and red custom floor mats. To tie it all together, the Miata comes with a 100th Anniversary-branded key fob that comes in a bespoke box. The 100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata is available as both a retractable fastback and soft-top model.
Mazda didn’t skimp on this special edition — it’s based on the 2020 MX-5 Grand Touring trim level. Expect to find heated leather seats, a premium Bose audio system with headrest speakers, standard smartphone connectivity, 17-inch dark silver aluminum alloy wheels, and automatic climate control. You can also choose between a Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission and a Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual. Both pair with the Miata’s classic 181-horsepower SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine.
Want to know what’s up with that red-and-white color scheme? The 100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata’s signature look pays homage to the automaker’s long and storied history. Its Snowflake White Pearl Mica exterior and red accents were inspired by the automaker’s first passenger car, the R360 Coupe. The R360 wasn’t quite as cutting-edge or stylish as the Miata, but this trusty little 16-horsepower coupe paved the way for the legendary Miata and its elegant, family-friendly siblings, like the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-9.
Although Mazda released a full lineup of R360-inspired vehicles, there’s no word on whether the U.S. market will receive any special-edition models aside from the Miata.
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Kimiko Kidd is a native Daytonian. She graduated from Wright State University with degrees in environmental science and sociology. She loves her trusty old Honda Civic, but dreams of owning a 1974 Ford Falcon XB with a custom paint job and a vintage Kawasaki Z1000. In her free time, Kimiko can be found watercolor-painting, baking muffins, collecting rocks, playing old-school Nintendo games, writing her novel, sewing stuffed animals, and cosplaying as her favorite Mad Max characters. See more articles by Kimiko.