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100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata gets white paint, red top

The new special edition car marks the company's 100th anniversary.

Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Mazda has revealed the details of its 100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata. The roadster will be available in the U.S. later this year.

Buyers will have their choice of model - the RF (retractable fastback) or soft top. The soft top is an exclusive red color while the RF has a black roof. The Mazda will only be offered with a Snowflake White Pearl Mica exterior paint color. There are red styling features throughout.

At the front, the car is accented by a "100 Years 1920 – 2020" badge. The wheel center caps feature the company's 100th Anniversary Special Logo in red and black.

100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata

Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

This model builds one the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring trim level. It comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's capable of delivering up to 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The car also has a limited-slip differential, Bilstein dampers, front shock tower trance, and sport-tuned suspension.

The Miata's cabin is equipped with red leather seats and red carpet. The interior design elements were chosen as a nod to the two-tone R360 Coupe, Mazda's first passenger car. The headrests are embossed with the 100th Anniversary Special Logo, while the red floor mats share the same badge as the front fender.

The car's key fob is embossed with the 100th Anniversary Special Logo and presented in a special edition box.

It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated leather seats, a Bose audio system with headrest speakers, automatic climate control, and 17-inch dark silver aluminum alloy wheels.

Mazda has priced the car to start at $32,670 (soft top, manual transmission). For the soft top/automatic transmission model buyers will pay $33,195. The RF is priced slightly higher starting at $35,435 when equipped with the manual. The automatic model is $35,750.

The MSRP does not include $945 for destination and handling ($990 in Alaska), taxes, title or additional fees.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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The car shows just 9,000 miles.

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If you’re in the market for a new and unique sports car, this may be your fix. The Mazda RX-8 is a much-maligned and somewhat unreliable vehicle, but the price on this auction may be just right. The 2005 RX-8 shows just 9,000 miles on its odometer and looks to be in wonderful shape.

2005 Mazda RX-8 Unsurprisingly, the RX-8 looks almost new.Bring a Trailer

The RX-8 was an interesting but problem-plagued car that many enthusiasts steer clear of these days. Numerous things can go wrong with the rotary engine that powers the car, including bad ignition coils, engine fuel flooding, catalytic converter issues, and starter problems. The engine’s unique design caused problems when drivers started and quickly shut down the car without letting it warm fully. The problem would prevent the car from starting until remedied but didn’t cause any permanent damage. Other issues could cause costly repairs and extended downtime for RX-8 owners.

While all of that could eventually become an issue for this car, it’s likely that its low mileage and great condition will help it stay in decent health for at least a while. The seller also provided compression test results that show a healthy and functioning engine without much to worry about at the moment.

The RX-8’s tiny 1.3-liter two-rotor engine produced 238 horsepower and 159 pound-feet of torque when new. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. The cars were, and still are, quick, thanks to their light weight. On the downside, the cars’ fuel economy and oil consumption are both prodigious.

2005 Mazda RX-8 The RX-8 was a quirky car with small doors that opened to access the back seat. Bring a Trailer

This 2005 RX-8 sits at just $12,000 at the time of this article, and there’s still almost five hours to go in the auction. Unless some brave soul gets excited at the last minute, it likely won’t climb much higher than that. At that price, the RX-8 is a less risky purchase and would mean that the new owner could use and abuse it without much worry. Could that be you?

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