Zany Miata faithful, it’s time to mark your calendars. Mazda announced that it will open a web portal for customers looking to pre-order the limited-run 2015 Mazda Miata 25th Anniversary Edition. Celebrating a quarter-century of the lightweight Japanese roadster, Mazda will offer only 100 25th Anniversary Edition Miata vehicles in the United States.
The web portal will display a countdown clock leading up to 1:25 PM Eastern time on May 20, when the pre-order process opens to 25th Anniversary Edition Miata customers. The program will close either at 2:25 PM Eastern time on May 31, or when 250 entrants are registered. Buyers will have the choice of an automatic or six-speed manual transmission, as well as a preferred dealership for pickup. Pre-orders will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and buyers will also receive a Mazda Miata 25th Anniversary Edition Tourneau watch with a red-stitched band and logos to match the vehicle.
The 2015 Mazda Miata 25th Anniversary Edition, available only with a power-retractable hardtop, will cost $33,000 including delivery fees. The special-edition roadster comes exclusively in Soul Red Metallic paint with contrasting black trim, 25th Anniversary badging, and a unique interior package. Mechanically, the front-engine, rear-wheel drive Mazda Miata uses the same 167-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the standard model. However, Mazda insists that engineers specially select the highest-quality parts for this special-edition Miata, allowing the engine to rev “even more freely,” although they claim no additional horsepower.
Mazda also announced pricing for the standard 2015 Mazda Miata. The base model, equipped with the manual soft-top, will start at $24,585 including destination charges. The new price represents a mild $200 increase over the 2014 Miata. The power-retractable hard-top Miata will begin at $29,460 including delivery, which is identical to last year’s pricing.
The last of the third-generation “NC” model, the 2015 Mazda Miata will go on sale later this spring. Mazda’s next-gen Miata will go on sale as a 2016 model with a full redesign that centers around a lightweight Skyactiv chassis.