The Mazda MX-5 celebrates three decades of top-down motoring with the arrival of a special 30th Anniversary Edition model. Unveiled at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the very venue where the original MX-5 debuted in 1989, the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition is limited to a production run of 3,000 units, only 600 of which Mazda is earmarking for the United Kingdom.
Available in both soft top and retractable hardtop RF guises, 400 and 200 units respectfully, the 30th Anniversary Edition model stands out by way of its 10-spoke forged aluminium wheels by Rays, Racing Orange paint job, and orange brake calipers. Orange accents highlight the interior, as well, with the colour contrasting with the black leather and plastics that line much of the roadster’s door trim, shift lever, dashboard, and seats.
Still, the 30th Anniversary Edition stands out as much for its orange hues and Rays wheels as it does for its features list, which includes convenience items such as rain-sensing windscreen wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, automatic air-conditioning, and an in-dash navigation system, as well as racier bits such as Recaro seats, Brembo front brake calipers, and Bilstein dampers, the latter of which are limited to models equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission (a six-speed automatic is optional). The limited edition Miata also welcomes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into the model’s fold.
Like all 2019 MX-5’s, the 30th Anniversary Edition relies on a 181-bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine for motivation. While the playful powertrain is a joy to wind out, it would surely be even more enjoyable with another 20 horses in its stable. Maybe Mazda will surprise us with a Mazdaspeed Miata redux in the upcoming years.
Those interested in grabbing a 2019 Mazda 30th Anniversary Edition will need to head over to www.30th-anniversarymiata.com, where buyers can pre-order the limited run model that starts at £28,095 (add £1,800 for the RF). The first UK customer deliveries will begin in the summer.