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Japanese manufacturer celebrates 25 years of its sports car with new high-spec limited-edition, which has gone on display at the Festival of Speed

The 25th anniversary edition of the Mazda MX-5 has made its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed before going on sale here at the start of August.

The UK will receive 750 of the 1000 individually numbered examples of the anniversary model, which is based around the top Sport Tech Nav trim level of the 2.0-litre roadster coupé. Car number one in the production run is currently on show at Goodwood, alongside a heritage display looking back on the MX-5, which was first introduced in 1989.

The new special edition boasts exterior and interior features unavailable on any other Mazda MX-5. Inside, the latest MX-5 has off-white leather seats – with a 25th Anniversary logo and stitching – and door trims, special stainless kickplates, aluminum pedals, 17-inch gunmetal grey alloy wheels and Bilstein dampers on the manual-transmission version. Specific to the UK 25th anniversary car is a 6.1-inch touchscreen navigation system.

The car comes in one colour, metallic red, with contrasting black A-pillars and door mirrors. Its 2.0-litre, 16-valve, 158bhp powerplant is married to a short-throw six-speed manual transmission. It can sprint from 0-62mph in 7.9sec and goes on to a top speed of 136mph.

The price of the anniversary edition is £22,995.

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