Mazda reveals striking MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition

Donna Miller
February 10, 2019

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

What's New: To celebrate three decades since the world first clapped eyes on the NA Miata, Mazda has given its latest special edition sports auto an exclusive coat of orange paint imaginatively dubbed Racing Orange.

The veil was lifted from the limited edition model at the Chicago auto show in the United States, which is just getting underway now.

Mazda has lifted the lid on a special 30th Anniversary Edition of its popular MX-5.

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So, what else do you get with this special model, besides an awesome shade of Racing Orange paint? In fact, the original Miata made its global debut at the 1989 Chicago show, making the launch of this new version at this year's show even more poignant. A pair of leather/Alcantara Recaro sport seats have been fitted as well, and the use of Alcantara extends to the door trim and instrument panel.

To offset some of the orange, the 17-inch Rays ZE40 wheels are painted a dark gunmetal grey. Like every other US-spec Miata, our 30th Anniversary Edition will be powered by a 2.0-liter I4 engine, producing 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. That information is kind of obvious, but it's easy to underestimate just how much history this little sports vehicle has behind it.

The NA MX-5 became an instant hit, with a sub-tonne kerb weight and revvy 1.6-litre four, as well as the engineering reliability that lacked in the early days of sportscar motoring. Pricing starts at $34,995 for a stick-shift soft-top, while the RF starts at $37,595.

It's hard to overstate the importance of the Miata, which in its 30 years has sold more than one million units and developed a cult following.

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