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Since the discontinuation of the Mazda RX-8 due to stricter emission standard in Europe, Mazda is now concentrating its profitable mini sports car of the MX5 Miata for the United Kingdom. Mazda is introducing the MX-5 Miata Miyako in celebration of 20 years of Miata production.
The Miata Miyaka gets unique leather interior upgrade with special colors stitching and badging, and 17-inch wheels. The first special edition Miata Miyako will be available in both soft-top and roadster coupe body styles.
The Miata is made as a fun to drive mini sports car, it is not meant to be speed. In the 1.8i 126ps Miyako soft-top version, it can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in about 9.9 seconds, while the 2.0i Miyako roadster coupe with its 160ps engine can sprint in about 7.9 seconds. The Miata Miyako yields respected fuel economy rating with the combined 40.4/38.2 mpg and CO2 emissions at 167/177g/km.
It is expected that the Miata Miyako will go on sale by July 1 in the UK with a starting price tag from £18,385 ($27,722 U.S.). Note, UK car prices are much higher in the U.S. So, the $27,722 does not reflect the price of the Miata Miyako in the U.S. if it ever made it to the U.S.
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Continuing to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the world’s best-selling roadster, Mazda has introduced a new ‘summer special edition’ version of its iconic sportscar, named the Mazda MX-5 Miyako.
The new model, which is on sale from 1 July, is available in two versions – the 1.8i Miyako soft-top priced at £18,385 (on-the-road) and the more powerful 2.0i Miyako roadster coupe with the world’s fastest folding powered roof (up or down in 12 seconds), priced at £20,885 (on-the-road).
The name ‘Miyako’ is taken from the idyllic Japanese holiday island of Miyako-jima, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful spots in Japan and the perfect location for open-top motoring.
The new Miyako is generously equipped with the interior benefitting from unique Medici premium perforated black leather trim with a red underlay and stitching, special badging, floor mats and climate control air-conditioning. The exterior includes front fog lamps, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a front suspension strut brace (for improved steering response), and free metallic paint.
“The new Mazda MX-5 Miyako will have extra appeal to a broader range of customers, including those who recognise the uniquely pure driving pleasure this Mazda continues to deliver, and those who aspire to owning a special edition model,” comments Mark Cameron, sales director, Mazda UK.
“This is the first special edition model based on the upgraded MX-5 that we have offered on both soft‑top and roadster coupe body styles and I am sure it will attract new buyers to our brand. Both models also represent great value, with the 2.0i Miyako costing just £590 more than the entry level 2.0 SE model.”
The 1.8i 126ps Miyako soft-top accelerates to 62mph in a brisk 9.9 seconds, while the 2.0i Miyako roadster coupe with its 160ps engine undercuts that time by two seconds. Combined mpg and CO2 ratings are 40.4/38.2mpg and 167/177g/km, respectively. Both Miyako models carry generous equipment levels with many features as standard including: remote central locking, a leather steering wheel with audio controls, an MP3 compatible audio system with six speakers and auxiliary (AUX) jack input, as well as heated electric mirrors and electric front windows, a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. In addition, Limited Slip Differential (LSD), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS) are included on the 2.0i.
Both versions of the MX-5 Miyako will be available in Aluminium Silver Metallic, while the soft-top will also be available in Velocity Red Mica – free of charge. Just 500 examples of each version will be manufactured for the UK market.