To commemorate its 20th year of Miata production, Mazda will offer a special-edition exterior and interior trim package for the 2010 roadster and hardtop convertible. Sadly, the Miyako package's bright red and gray hues are only destined for sale across the pond.
For its tenth anniversary in 1999, Mazda draped the Miata in blue, from a Sapphire Blue Mica exterior to a blue/black partial-leather interior with a six-speed manual gearbox. The gift package of matching automotive accoutrements went as far as to include a matching Miata-logo watch and scale model, for owners to better admire their car standing still.
This time, Mazda has given its Miyako anniversary edition the cosmetic enhancements to match the beauty of its namesake, the Japanese island of Miyako-jima. Interested buyers can order a Miata as a hardtop or a softtop, both with standard Aluminum Silver Metallic. (Interested roadster buyers can also opt for no-cost Velocity Red Mica.) While both models are generously equipped, Miata Miaykos with the larger, 2.0-liter four cylinder will also be fitted with a limited-slip differential and stability aids as standard.
As for price? The Miyako with a smaller, 1.8-liter four stickers for just under $28,000 (£18,385), while the larger-engined Miyako starts at just over $31,000 (£20,885).
Although Mazda has no plans to market the Miyako in the United States, the 20th anniversary celebration has been going on since September, when Miata owners were invited to gather at Mazda's proving grounds. This model differs from the blazingly white 20th anniversary edition offered last year.
In the past, we've lauded the Miata for its status as a performance car we'd love to live with, especially when it comes to special-edition models like the Mazdaspeed Miata.