Based on the Mazda MX-5 SE and Sport Tech models, the Venture is available as a 1.8 MZR Soft‑top (SE) and a 2.0 MZR Roadster Coupe (Sport Tech) with a dozen items of additional equipment over the donor car and priced at £18,995 and £22,285 (OTR). The Mazda MX-5 Venture Edition's 'stand out' specification features light gun metal 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, chrome front grille, piano black fashion bars and special 'Venture Edition' badging.
Inside, the MX-5 Venture has Havana Brown heated leather seats, leather steering wheel and hand brake with contrasting grey stitching, matching door trim, climate control air-conditioning, piano black dashboard accents, alloy pedals, cruise control (a first on 1.8 models) and, for the first time on MX-5, a satellite navigation system. Supplied by Sanyo TomTom, the sat-nav features a fully integrated 5.8-inch touch screen monitor, 4GB SD card based map (45 countries), live services, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity and complete multi-media functionality.
The Mazda MX-5 Venture will be available in three colours, the Metropolitan Grey Mica and two exclusive colours to this MX-5 special edition - Radiant Ebony Mica and Crystal White Pearlescent - free of charge. A genuine special edition, only 250 examples of the Venture Edition Soft-top and 550 of the Venture Edition Roadster Coupe will be available in the UK.
Mazda MX-5 Venture Edition customers have a choice of two powertrains: the 126 ps 1.8 MZR with a five-speed gearbox (Soft-top) and the 160 ps 2.0 MZR with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission (Roadster Coupe). Like other MX-5 they allow from sprinting to 60 mph in 9.9sec (1.8 Soft-top) and 7.9 sec (2.0 Roadster Coupe), and capable of going on to reach top speeds of 121 mph and 136 mph respectively.
For optimum handling stability, the MX-5 Venture Edition features Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and a Traction Control System (TCS) on both Soft-top and Roadster Coupe models. While the two-litre Roadster Coupe model is also equipped with a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) for enhanced handling precision and side airbags for added protection.