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Mazda PH turns over initial batch of MX-5 MCP 25th Anniversary Edition cars

Mazda PH turns over initial batch of MX-5 MCP 25th Anniversary Edition cars

Alvin Uy

Mazda Philippines turned over the first batch of the MX-5 Miata Club Philippines (MCP) 25th Anniversary Edition sports cars to their owners in a simple ceremony and gathering at the Mazda Center of Excellence in Cabuyao, Laguna last October 30.

It was a very special occasion for both Mazda PH and the MCP, as the first eight owners braved the bad weather caused by typhoon Paeng, to receive their limited edition MX-5 roadsters from Mazda Philippines president Steven Tan.

Also present was MCP founding president Eddie Salonga, who now proudly owns car number 001.

“It is truly heart-warming to see how the love of one car, the MX-5, has brought many people together,” said Tan. “It’s not just a testament to the timelessness of the MX-5’s qualities, but today, we also see the continued love and passion the Miata Club of the Philippines has shown. Truly, they have helped cement the MX-5 as a cultural icon.”

The MCP 25th Anniversary Edition MX-5 was unveiled at the 8th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), celebrating Mazda’s special relationship with the MCP as the oldest single-made car club in the Philippines. It was founded in 1997, and currently has one hundred and fifty members.

Mazda PH president Steven Tan and MCP founding president Eddie Salonga.

The MX-5 MCP 25th Anniversary Edition comes with an exclusive Platinum Quartz Metallic exterior color and Navy Blue soft top combination. Also, Navy Blue accents are found on the side mirrors and roll hoops and it uses Satin Silver 17-inch alloy wheels which is also unique to this edition. Inside, these cars come with a specially engraved Mazda Connect Commander knob and a Serial Number Plate, both finished in Sterling Silver.

Each unit owner is also given a commemorative car cover and the MCP 25th Anniversary Photobook.

Specs-wise, it is similar to all 2023 MX-5 models, which is powered by a high-compression 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine rated at 184PS at 7,000rpm and 205Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It comes with a choice of either a 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive MT or 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive AT gearbox.

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Just like all 2023 models, the car features the Kinetic Posture Control (KPC) system which intelligently applies a very small amount of braking force to the inner/unloaded rear wheel during cornering to improve handling. Mazda says that the resulting brake force pulls the body down, suppressing body roll to provide more reassuring cornering so subtly, that the MX-5’s engaging handling remains unpolluted.

Also similar to the other 2023 MX-5 specs, it is equipped with an auto-dimming rear view mirror, a Mazda Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 9-speaker Bose sound system. It also has Smart City Brake Support and Lane Departure Warning for additional safety. Mazda wants to ensure this car’s collectability so it will only be produced for a period of one year with final deliveries slated for September 15, 2023.

Non-MCP club members can purchase this car and Mazda PH is still taking orders through authorized Mazda dealerships nationwide. The first 25 units were already sold out and the next batch of 13 units is expected to arrive next month.

PHOTO: Owners of the first batch of the MX-5 Miata Club Philippines (MCP) 25th Anniversary Edition sports cars pose for a posterity shot at the Mazda Center Of Excellence in Cabuyao, Laguna.