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History of the Mazda Mk2


Mazda MX-5 MK2/2.5 1998 > 2005

The next generation is known as the mark two or NB model. The main thing Mazda changed from the Mk1 was that they used fixed headlights with a separate chamber for the bulbs within the lamp. They used the same more or less the same engine as the Mk1 offering an 110bhp 1.6 litre engine and a 140bhp 1.8 litre. They gave it upgrades such as heated rear windscreen, remote boot opener and airbags.

Mazda MX-5 Sport 1.8is

Produced: 1998 - 1999

Mazda only produced 300 in Racing Blue and 300 in Classic Red. The exterior was given full body kit, 15” alloy wheels, front fog lamps, colour coded mudflaps and a detachable hardtop. The interior was trimmed with black leather and a black leather Nardi steering wheel. The centre console was a wood effect trim gear knob and handbrake trim. These are the standard specifications for the Sport model:

  • Central locking
  • Electric mirrors
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • CD player
  • Air conditioning
  • Scuff plates
  • Heated rear screen
  • Electric windows

Mazda MX-5 10th Anniversary 1.8is

Produced: 1999

Mazda celebrated their 10th anniversary with this car and finished it in Innocent Mica Blue with matching soft top, 15” chrome alloys with locking wheel nuts and low profile tyres. The interior was fitted with black leather and blue suede seats, 10th anniversary mat set, blue carpet and tonneau cover. They also gave the model carbon fibre trim chrome instrument surrounds and a two tone blue and black leather Nardi steering wheel. Only 7500 units were made:

  • 150 in Australia
  • 50 in Canada
  • 3100 in Europe
  • 500 in Japan
  • 600 in the UK
  • 3000 in the USA

The 10th anniversary car came with some added perks which were a plaque with the build number, a scale model of the car, his and hers Seiko watches and a certificate. Standard specification:

  • ABS
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Central locking
  • Security immobiliser and alarm
  • Power windows Electric aerial 6-speed transmission Power steering
  • Heated rear screen
  • Electric mirrors
  • Scuff plates

Mazda MX-5 Jasper Conran 1.8is

Produced 2000 > 2001

This model was finished in two colours, 100 were finished in Platinum Silver and 400 were finished in Classic Black. The exterior was given 15” BBS alloys and exterior badges, they were also given colour code exhaust trim. The silver models were given red interior with match tonneau cover and the black model has black interior with matching black tonneau cover. Standard Specifications:

  • Sports suspension
  • ABS
  • Aluminium gear knob and hand brake lever
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Boot release
  • Aluminium and leather steering wheel
  • Power windows
  • Electric mirrors and aerial
  • Stainless steel scuff plates
  • Sony CD player
  • Minidisc changer
  • High level stop lamp
  • Heated rear screen
  • Build number badge

Mazda MX-5 California 1600cc

Produced: 2000 > 2001

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This model was finished in Sunburst Yellow and has 15” alloy wheels, low profile tyres and locking wheel nuts. The interior is finished with cloth seats and has a MX-5 California mat set.

  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Central locking
  • Security immobiliser
  • Power windows
  • Electric aerial
  • Power steering
  • Heated rear screen
  • Electric mirrors
  • Scuff plates

Mazda MX-5 SE 1800cc

Produced: 1999 > 2000

This model was finished in British Racing Green Mica with a tan roof and 15” alloy wheels. The interior was finished with tan leather seats and matching trims. Only 500 units were made. Standard specifications:

  • Heated rear screen
  • Scuff plates
  • High level stop lamp
  • Drivers and passenger airbags
  • Security immobiliser
  • Power steering
  • Electric windows
  • Wooden steering wheel
  • Wooden hand brake grip

Mazda MX-5 Icon 1.8is

Produced: 2005

This model was finished in Art Vin Rouge and only 750 units were made. 15” alloys with low profile tyres were put on the car as standard. The interior trim was given beige leather seats with matching centre console and door trim. Standard specifications:

  • Torson LSD
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Power steering
  • Mahogany steering wheel
  • Boot release
  • Central locking
  • Security immobiliser
  • Wood dash kit
  • Electric aerial
  • Power steering
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Scuff plates
  • Cream colour dials and chrome rings
  • CD player
  • ABS
  • High level stop lamp
  • Electric aerial
  • Chrome interior door handles

Mazda MX-5 Isola 1600cc

Produced: 2000 - 2001

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This model is finished in Classic Red with the exterior possessing free detachable hardtop and 14” wheels. The interior was the same as the standard model. Standard Specifications:

  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Power steering
  • Boot release
  • Central locking
  • Security immobiliser
  • Electric aerial
  • Power steering
  • Electric windows
  • Heated rear screen
  • High level stop lamp
  • Electric aerial

Mazda MX-5 Phoenix 1600cc 1800cc

Produced: 2002

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This version was finished in Brilliant black or the optional extra of Titanium Grey with 15” Enkie Alloy’s and locking wheel nuts. The seats were trimmed with brown leather seats and a two tone steering wheel. The interior was also trimmed with alloy effect dashboard and leather gear knob and handbrake sleeve.

  • ABS
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Boot release
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Torson LSD on 1800cc
  • Security immobiliser
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Electric aerial
  • Scuff plates
  • High level stop lamp
  • Power steering

Mazda MX-5 Arizona 1600cc & 1800cc

Production: 2002

This ltd edition was available in a range of colours sporting 15” Enkie Alloy’s and locking wheel nut and only 1000 were produced. This was available in 1600cc or 1800cc.

1600cc:

  • 135 in Blazda Yellow Mica
  • 135 in Sunlight Silver
  • 80 in Eternal Red

1800cc:

  • 265 in Blazda Yellow Mica
  • 265 in Sunlight Silver
  • 120 in Eternal Red

The interior was decked out in all black leather heated seats with chrome effect highlights throughout the console, dashboard and wind deflector. Standard Specifications:

  • ABS
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Boot release
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Torson LSD on 1800cc
  • Security immobiliser
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Electric aerial
  • Scuff plates
  • High level stop lamp
  • Power steering

Mazda MX-5 Trilogy 1800cc

Produced: 2002

This model was finished in Brilliant Black with Chrome 15” Alloy wheels and low profile tyres. Mazda and De Beers a well-known diamond company worked together on this car to create a luxury Limited Edition. Only 333 units were made in 2002. The interior was finished with medicci leather seats, two tone Nardi steering wheel. Standard Specifications:

  • ABS
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Boot release
  • Remote central locking
  • Security immobiliser
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Electric aerial
  • Scuff plates
  • High level stop lamp
  • Power steering
  • EBD (Electronic Breakforce Distribution)

Mazda MX-5 Montana 1800cc

Produced: 2002

Mazda MX-5 Nevada 1600cc & 1800cc

Produced: 2003


This model was finished in Cerion Silver and Strato Blue sporting 15” Alloy wheels, colour coordinated seats and soft top. Blue for the Cerion Silver and Grey for the Strato Blue. Only 2050 units were made.

1600cc:

  • 200 in Cerion Silver standard model
  • 100 in Cerion Silver standard model

1800cc:

  • 370 in Cerion Silver standard model
  • 780 in Cerion Silver with leather interior
  • 190 in Strato Blue standard model
  • 410 in Strato Blue with leather interior

Standard Specifications:

  • ABS
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Boot release
  • Remote central locking
  • Security immobiliser
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Electric aerial
  • Scuff plates
  • High level stop lamp
  • Power steering
  • EBD (Electronic Breakforce Distribution)

Mazda MX-5 Indiana 1800cc

Produced 2003

This car was finished in Garnet Red Metallic with 15” Alloy wheels and front fog lamps. The interior was trim was finished in beige leather heated seats with matching centre console, door trim and centre console. The dash was finished in wood effect trim, matching mahogany steering wheel and chrome finishing touches.

Standard specifications:

  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Boot release
  • Remote central locking
  • Security immobiliser
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Electric aerial
  • Scuff plates
  • High level stop lamp
  • Power steering

Mazda MX-5 Euphonic 1600cc & 1800cc

Produced: 2004

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This car was finished 4 colours:

  • Brilliant Black
  • Titanium Grey
  • Velocity Red
  • Sunlight Silver

The interior was finished with black and red leather seats with matching trim. The centre console was finished with carbon effect trim and complimented with leather steering wheel, handbrake sleeve and gear knob.

Standard Specifications:

  • ABS
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Boot release
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Security immobiliser
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Electric aerial
  • Scuff plates
  • High level stop lamp
  • Power steering

Mazda MX-5 Arctic 1600cc & 1800cc

Produced: 2004

This car was finished in 3 colours:

  • Titanium Grey
  • Razor Blue
  • Sunlight Silver

The interior was finished in blue leather seats, door trims and matching soft top. The handbrake sleeve, gear knob and steering wheel were also finished with leather. The centre console was distinctly covered in silver colour. The car also sports chrome quarter windows.

Standard Specifications:

  • ABS
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Boot release
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Security immobiliser
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Electric aerial
  • Scuff plates
  • High level stop lamp
  • Power steering

Mazda MX-5 Icon 1600cc & 1800cc VVT

Produced: 2005

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This car was made available in 3 engine sizes 1600cc, 1800cc 1800cc VVT. They also produced this car in a few colour variants:

  • Black Mica
  • Sunlight Silver
  • Titanium Grey
  • Chilli Orange

The interior was finished in Black Leather heated seats with orange stitching. The handbrake sleeve, gear knob and steering wheel were also finished with leather. The centre console was distinctly covered in silver colour.

Standard Specifications:

  • ABS
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Boot release
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Security immobiliser
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Electric aerial
  • Scuff plates
  • High level stop lamp
  • Power steering
  • EBD

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