The more interesting news is the unveiling of the next MX-5's lightweight chassis.
Mazda has chosen this year’s New York Auto Show to show us two things: the first is the MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition. The second is the chassis of the all-new, next-gen MX-5 that’s scheduled to debut in the coming year. But back to that special edition: limited to just 100 examples, all of which are individually numbered, each car comes painted in Soul Red Metallic and features almond leather seats and door trim. There are also "25 Anniversary" badges.
There’s red stitching throughout the interior and even the instrument panel features a red base paint with hand-painted piano black trim. Mazda says that no two panels will be exactly alike. Other features include the familiar retractable hard top, 17-inch 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels and unique aluminum alloy pedals. No pricing details or launch timing just yet. However, the big news is really the next MX-5’s chassis. Specifically, it’s called the SkyActiv 1-Chassis. Mazda claims it weighs 220 lbs. less than what’s found on the current car. The design allows for the center of gravity to be lower than that of any previous MX-5. An early 2016 debut is expected.