Mazda has announced the US-spec MX-5 has gone into production in Japan.

Set to arrive this summer, the entry-level MX-5 Sport starts at $24,915 and features LED headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels.  The model also features cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and power door locks.

Moving up to the $28,600 MX-5 Club rewards buyers with a sportier exterior that includes front and rear spoilers, piano black roll over bars, piano black mirror caps and 17-inch alloy wheels with a gunmetal finish.  The car also comes with a Bose audio system and a MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system with a seven-inch display.  More importantly, there's Bilstein shocks, a shock-tower brace and a limited-slip rear differential.

Customers can also order a $3,400 performance package that adds Brembo front brakes, aerodynamic side skirts, a new rear skirt and 17-inch BBS lightweight forged alloy wheels. 

Buyers looking for something more luxurious can opt for the MX-5 Grand Touring which starts at $30,065.  It has rain sensing wipers, adaptive LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels with a bright finish.  Other notable highlights include heated leather seats, an automatic climate control system, a Bose audio system and a MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system.  The model also comes with an assortment of safety equipment including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning.

Last but not least, the first 1,000 models will be Launch Editions which start at $30,495 and are based on the MX-5 Grand Touring.  They feature a Soul Red exterior, a Sport Tan leather interior and a standard keyless entry system. Buyers will also receive a Mazda-branded BOSE SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker in a customized gift box as well as select items from Mazda's upcoming Heritage Collection apparel line.

The models are powered by a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV engine that produces 155 bhp (115 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque.  It can be paired to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic gearbox.

Note: Prices exclude an $820 - $865 destination charge

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