For its birthday, it hasn’t been profiled on 60 Minutes or been to Jay Leno’s Garage, and it isn’t going on a retrospective tour of vintage racetracks or getting a special Spyder Zagato edition. That doesn’t mean we think any less of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the roadster with a simplicity that was as enjoyable as it was barely believable when it arrived in 1989. A quarter of a century and three generations later, the Miata remains the go-to roadster when you want easy, balanced and economical thrills.
It grew from a 116-horsepower speedster with a five-speed manual transmission and a curb weight of 2,116 pounds, to a 167-hp go-kart with a five-speed manual coming in at 2,480 pounds (in Sport guise). Along the way it’s picked up hundreds of awards, including 14 nods on Car and Driver’s “10Best” list, its most recent eight-year streak coming to an end last year, the Guinness Book of World Records title as “Best-Selling Two-Seater Sports Car” and innumerable trophies as weekend racer extraordinaire.
We’ll see the fourth generation at next year’s Chicago Auto Show, and we’re certain to hear more about its 25-year milestone this year. Until that happens, enjoy the images above and the gallery and press release below, as well as a just-announced special Mazda microsite.
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