Innovation and elegance: The Mazda MX-5 100th Anniversary Special Edition

Innovation and elegance: The Mazda MX-5 100th Anniversary Special Edition

Mazda, from its modest origins as a cork producer in the 1920s to its first motorized car, the Mazda-Go, has developed a culture of innovation in manufacturing products that satisfy its customers.

Mazda’s timeless history

After World War II, the production expertise of Mazda expanded to provide mobility tools for a developing country. 

This resulted in the production of the Mazda R360 Coupe, the first passenger car. Mazda took on the role of creating, innovating, and defying tradition through the development of a vehicle that used the latest in transmission and engine technology at that particular time.

The Mazda R360 Coupe was very innovative such that it defied market tradition and reinforced the future of Mazda automotive engineering proficiency for passenger vehicles. The car was an embodiment of DNA of Mazda — established in passion, developed with devotion.

In 1967, Mazda introduced the Cosmo Sport 110S, the first mass-produced rotary engine-powered sports car. 

Mazda engineers demonstrated passion, determination, and fortitude in resolving the obstacles that its unconventional motors faced, which became embedded in the company’s principles until today.

Moreover, Mazda won the most coveted 24 hours of Le Mans with the rotary-powered Mazda 787B in 1991. This was after 18 years of being part in the highest level of sports car racing. Mazda carried the title as the only Japanese marque to have won the race for the next 27 years.  

The Mazda MX-5 100th Anniversary Special Edition

The Mazda MX-5 100th Anniversary Special Edition reignites the passion for driving that spawned the very first four-wheel vehicle of the auto brand, the Mazda R360. The blend of red and white is reminiscent of the R360’s two-toned finish. For the next years to come, it continued to become a distinct hallmark of the origin of Mazda vehicle design.

Mazda continues to transform in its vision for the vehicle as the brand welcomes the future. The Kodo: Soul of Motion design concept, which incorporates the energy of vitality, reflects the perspective of Mazda that vehicles play a crucial role in the lives of people.

Mazda MX-5 2016

The Mazda RX-Vision Concept Car brought inspiration to the sophisticated and dynamic future of the Mazda design. Being recognized as the Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year in 2016 at the 31st Festival Automobile International conducted in France, it reflected pure design creativity with the integration of the minimalist approach of genuine Japanese aesthetic. 

The Mazda R360 Coupe has also become an icon of the brand’s resilient challenger spirit. It demonstrates the advancement and culture that Mazda has been known through the years.

During the launch of the Mazda R360 Coupe in the 1960 Japan Auto Show, it featured a special white and red two-tone color theme that resulted in its prominence among other vehicles at that time. This similar retro theme was also adapted in the 100th Anniversary Special Edition to commemorate the vehicle that was believed to have fulfilled the dreams of numerous people in the past.

With an interior lined with red leather trim and a Snowflake White Pearl exterior, every 100th Anniversary Special Edition model aids its owner in reminiscing of the times when a state-of-the-art vehicle transformed the automotive world. 

Mazda MX-5 100th Anniversary Special Edition badge

In celebration of Mazda’s rich heritage, unique 100th Anniversary badges for the Special Edition models serve as an accent to the headrests and wheel center caps of each commemorative vehicle.

The combination of the original “industry” emblem of Toyo Cork Kogyo when it was integrated in the current contemporary Mazda brand symbol bolsters the commitment of the auto company to make a unique global contribution through engineering.

Mazda MX-5 100th Anniversary Special Edition

The Mazda MX-5 is regarded as the world’s top-selling and most popular sports car, with over one million units sold in the last three decades. 

Furthermore, the World Car Design of the Year and the World Car of the Year titles were awarded to the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 in 2016. These served not only as a way of recognizing the vehicle’s engineering and design, but also the ability of the brand to breathe new life into the SkyActiv internal combustion engine of the MX-5. 

Mazda vehicles have gained a solid reputation for the past years as an authentic driver’s car due to the combination of achievements in the refinement of the suspension, chassis, drivetrain, and body design through numerous aspects of its SkyActiv Technology and its current efforts in improving human-focused design. 

Mazda MX-5 100th Anniversary Special Edition

In the MX-5, the Mazda i-Activsense involves a host of active safety systems meant to alert the driver for possible road hazards. This specific feature has elevated pedestrian, passenger, and driver safety in the MX-5. 

Mazda MX-5 100th Anniversary Special Edition

More exceptional features of the Mazda MX-5 100th Anniversary Edition variants, namely, the Retractable Fastback (SkyActiv-G 2.0L MT), Retractable Fastback (SkyActiv-G 2.0L AT) and the Convertible Soft Top Anniversary Edition, are shown below: 

SPECIFICATIONS

Mazda MX-5 Retractable Fastback (SkyActiv-G 2.0L MT)

Mazda MX-5 Retractable Fastback (SkyActiv-G 2.0L AT)

Mazda MX-5 Convertible Soft Top Anniversary Edition

Overall Length (mm)

3,915

3,915

3,915

Overall Width (mm)

1,735

1,735

1,735

Overall Height (mm)

1,235

1,235

1,230

Tread (mm)

(Front) 1,495


(Rear) 1,505

(Front) 1,495


(Rear) 1,505

(Front) 1,495


(Rear) 1,505

Wheelbase (mm)

2,310

2,310

2,310

Minimum turning radius (m)

4.7

4.7

4.7

Minimum curb weight (kg)

1,125

1,125

1,070

Displacement (cc)

1,998

1,998

1,998

Engine

SKYACTIV-G 2.0L In-line 4-Cylinder DOHC, 16 Valves

SKYACTIV-G 2.0L In-line 4-Cylinder DOHC, 16 Valves

SKYACTIV-G 2.0L In-line 4-Cylinder DOHC, 16 Valves

Transmission type

SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed Manual

SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed Automatic

SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed Automatic

Compression ratio

13:1

13:1

13:1

Fuel system

Electronically Controlled Fuel Injection

Electronically Controlled Fuel Injection

Electronically Controlled Fuel Injection

Recommended Fuel

Minimum RON 95 Premium Unleaded

Minimum RON 95 Premium Unleaded

Minimum RON 95 Premium Unleaded

Fuel tank capacity (liters)

45

45

45

Maximum output (hp)

181

181

181

Maximum torque (Nm)

205

205

205

Steering type

Rack and Pinion

Rack and Pinion

Rack and Pinion

Steering material

Leather-wrapped

Leather-wrapped

Leather-wrapped

Steering control switch

Audio and Bluetooth

Audio and Bluetooth

Audio and Bluetooth

Steering wheel cruise control

With

With

With

Steering wheel paddle shifters

Without

With

With

Tilt and Telescopic

With

With

With

Suspension

(Front) Double Wishbone


(Rear) Multi-Link

(Front) Double Wishbone


(Rear) Multi-Link

(Front) Double Wishbone


(Rear) Multi-Link

Brakes

(Front) Ventilated Discs


(Rear) Solid Discs

(Front) Ventilated Discs


(Rear) Solid Discs

(Front) Ventilated Discs


(Rear) Solid Discs

Wheels

Silver Metallic 17-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels with 100th Anniversary Center Cap

Silver Metallic 17-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels with 100th Anniversary Center Cap

Silver Metallic 17-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels with 100th Anniversary Center Cap

Tires

205/45 R17

205/45 R17

205/45 R17

Headlamps

Adaptive LED

Adaptive LED

Adaptive LED

Running Lamp

LED

LED

LED

100th Anniversary Badge

With

With

With

Wipers

Rain-sensing

Rain-sensing

Rain-sensing

Exhaust Tail Pipe

Dual type

Dual type

Dual type

Seat and Trim Upholstery Material

Red Nappa Leather with 100th Anniversary Embossed Logo

Red Nappa Leather with 100th Anniversary Embossed Logo

Red Nappa Leather with 100th Anniversary Embossed Logo

Floor Mats

Red Carpet with 100th Anniversary Logo

Red Carpet with 100th Anniversary Logo

Red Carpet with 100th Anniversary Logo

Shift Knob and Parking Lever Knob

Leather-Wrapped

Leather-Wrapped

Leather-Wrapped

Audio System

Type

Mazda Connect

Mazda Connect

Mazda Connect

Phone Connectivity

USB, Bluetooth and Smartphone Mirroring

USB, Bluetooth and Smartphone Mirroring

USB, Bluetooth and Smartphone Mirroring

Speakers

9-speaker BOSE Sound System

9-speaker BOSE Sound System

9-speaker BOSE Sound System

DVD

With

With

With

Climate Control

Automatic Single Zone

Automatic Single Zone

Automatic Single Zone

Push Start/Stop Button

With

With

With

Bluetooth Hands-free System

With

With

With

Rear view Mirror

Auto-Dimming

Auto-Dimming

Auto-Dimming

Power Windows

One-touch Down (Driver and Passenger)

One-touch Down (Driver and Passenger)

One-touch Down (Driver and Passenger)

Airbags

Dual Front and Side Airbags

Dual Front and Side Airbags

Dual Front and Side Airbags

Anti-lock Braking System

With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

With

With

With

Smart Keyless Entry System

With

With

With

Rear Parking Sensor

With

With

With

Rear View Camera

With

With

With

Seatbelt Warning Lamp

With

With

With

I-Activsense


Smart City Brake Support


Lane Departure Warning



With



With



With



With



With



With

i-STOP Engine Idling Stop System

With

With

With

i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking System

With

With

With

Roof Color

Black

Snowflake White Pearl

Red

Available Colors

Arctic White, Ceramic, Jet Black, Soul Red, Snowflake White Pearl, Machine Grey, Eternal Blue

Arctic White, Ceramic, Jet Black, Soul Red, Snowflake White Pearl, Machine Grey, Eternal Blue

Soul Red, Arctic White, Ceramic, Jet Black, Snowflake White Pearl, Machine Grey, Eternal Blue

Price

P1,980,000

P2,190,000

P2,335,000

 

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