Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition: An Orange-Licious Birthday

Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition: An Orange-Licious Birthday

Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition: An Orange-Licious Birthday

Mazda originally debuted the MX-5 Miata at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, so it's only fitting that the Japanese automaker has chosen to celebrate the 30th anniversary of that vehicle by making the world premiere of the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary in Chicago.

So, what else do you get with this special model, besides an awesome shade of Racing Orange paint?

Inside, the theme extends to orange louvers and orange piping on the heated Recaro sport seats. The brake calipers have been painted orange to match the paintwork, and the front stoppers are supplied by Brembo.

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Other unique features include 17-inch Rays ZE40 RS30 forged aluminum wheels developed in partnership with Rays, and a 30th Anniversary badge displaying the vehicle's serial number. Curiously, the 30th Anniversary Edition also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, something absent from standard 2019 Miatas. Therefore with 1989 marking its 30th anniversary, Mazda was hardly going to let the MX-5's big 3-0 pass unnoticed.

Engine-wise, the 30th Anniversary model gets the updated version of the 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G engine, producing 184 PS at 7,000 rpm and 205 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, as are Bilstein dampers, strut-brace and limited slip differential. Mazda is limiting the edition to just 3,000 units. Prices start from £28,095 (RM148k) for the convertible, whereas the RF, marked out by its black two-tone roof, will be priced at £29,895 (RM158k).

The arrival of the NC model saw the vehicle adopt the official name MX-5 for the first time in the North American markets.

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"In the three decades since the launch of the original model over 130 000 Mazda MX-5s have been sold in the UK", said Mazda Motors UK Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson, commenting on the launch of 30th Anniversary MX-5. Today it is the very essence of the Jinba Ittai driver-and-car-as-one philosophy that goes into every Mazda.

Over the past three decades, the Japanese automaker has sold more than 1 million examples of its little sports vehicle, but the serialized Anniversary Edition will be limited to just 3,000 soft-tops and hardtops worldwide.

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