The Club Racer concept was also there at the 1989 Chicago show with an even lower suspension, flush headlamps in place of the pop-ups, and wider fender flares. According to Mazda, it's still wearing the original tires that it debuted on.
1998 Mazda Miata, Prelude to the Second Generation
This is the only 1998 Mazda Miata in the world. Falling between the end of the first-generation and the beginning of the second, it was built by Mazda's design to test the look of the upcoming 1999 model.
The 700,000th Miata ever built was a 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5. This high-performance special edition dropped the Miata moniker in favor of a turbocharged and intercooled 1.8-liter engine, 180 horsepower, and a host of chassis and handling upgrades.
I was there at the 2011 SEMA show when the Super20 was unveiled. This third-generation MX-5's bright orange paint and orange contrasting interior are eye-catching, but the 250 horsepower, supercharged engine was the real show-stealer.
The interior is finished in a Piano Black theme with red contrasts. Interestingly, the instrument panel is finished with a black-to-red gradient that is hand-painted. No two 25th Anniversary models will be exactly alike.
Looking forward, Mazda showcased its Skyactiv Chassis, which will underpin the fourth-generation MX-5 Miata. The new chassis shaves 220 pounds off of the current model's weight, sits lower, and features a more efficient Skyactiv power-train. Long live the Miata.