If you’ve got the chance to drive a 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata on the California Coast, you’ve already won. If this Mazda Miata is a 25th Anniversary Edition of the world’s favorite roadster, then someone up there really loves you. We recently had the chance and love to drive one of the 25th Anniversary Miata – only 100 of which will come to the United States – between the brown hills and blue skies of California’s Highway 1, essentially the Anthem. national routes along the Pacific. Ocean.
The gasoline of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, that of a lightweight two-seater front-engine, rear-wheel drive convertible, makes it the dream companion for a rush to the top in the sun. The Miata’s small size widens any stretch of road, and although the car’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine lacks the horsepower market, the Miata still “feels” crisp – especially when transmission doctors order the 6-speed manual transmission. With its short strokes and even shorter gears, the Mazda MX-5’s automatic transmission has long been a legend. The cleverly quick clutch engagement enhances the spin.
Exclusivity at a price
You can pick up an all-new 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata soft-top for under $ 25,000, and retractable hard-top models start at nearly $ 30,000. So what types of exclusivity does the 25th Anniversary Edition have to offer for its $ 33,000 price tag? Well, for starters there is the color: Soul Red Metallic. Heretofore unavailable on a Miata, the rich Soul Red hue makes our Mazda6 sedan shine long-term in the sun. The color does similar favors for the 25th Anniversary Miata, which contrasts red with a gloss black electrically retractable hardtop and side mirrors and 17-inch Dark Gunmetal aluminum alloy rims.
Inside the roadster, shiny ‘Almond’ leather covers the seats and door trim, while the steering wheel, gear lever (on manual models), parking brake and armrests are all covered in leather. black. Red contrast stitching keeps it all together. Aluminum alloy pedals give the rider’s feet something expensive to play with. And “25th anniversary” reminders are etched into the headrests of the leather seats and stainless steel door sill plates. On the driver’s side front quarter panel is a 25th anniversary badge with a unique identification number for the car.
Hand painted dashboard
Another 25th Anniversary Exclusive is worth highlighting: the dashboard of every 25th Anniversary MX-5 Miata is painted deep red, but then hand painted with a Piano Black gradation pattern. This bloom seemed to be a lot of hype and noise and fury until we started living with it in person, photographing it and casting a different light on it on the drive to the coast. Each panel of each car had a rich, one-of-a-kind red glow.
You never know what will hit you the most when you take a long road trip in a new car. Up and down the Pacific Coast in a 25th Anniversary Edition of the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata – or any Miata, for that matter – gave us firm suspension, small wind tornadoes and the harmony of a thoroughbred exhaust note mixed with new Eminems and old Jayhawk music, all set against a backdrop of 2-way saltwater and scrub oaks. This is when you know you are alive.
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