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Mazda celebrates another Miata birthday in Chicago

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition comes in soft top, retractable hardtop

Published: February 7, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: February 12, 2019, 5:48 AM

2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary

Thirty years ago this week, Mazda introduced the MX-5 Miata to the world, in the process reviving the roadster bodystyle and creating what quickly became one of history’s most beloved and iconic automobiles, selling over one million units worldwide.

1989 Mazda MX-5 Miata

To commemorate the birth, every Miata special edition since then has been introduced at the Chicago Auto Show, and this year’s special edition (of which only 3,000 will be produced and available worldwide) carries on the tradition, while marking the noteworthy anniversary.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition comes in roadster (with black soft top) and RF retractable hardtop bodystyles, both in Racing Orange (a new colour developed exclusively for the limited edition), meant to evoke the excitement and anticipation of a dawning day. Dark gunmetal forged-aluminum 17-inch wheels from Rays were also created exclusively for the commemorative model, and paying homage to the current MX-5 Cup racing wheels.

2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary

Other exclusive features include orange brake callipers (Brembo in front; Nissin in back) and Bilstein dampers (on manual transmission models). Inside, there are Recaro heated Alcantara sport seats trimmed in orange, Bose AudioPilot 9-speaker sound system, orange trim on doors, instrument panel and shift level, and Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility.

And, of course, there’s the customary 30th Anniversary badge with production serial number, located on the driver’s side rear quarter panel.

2019 Mazda MX-5 RF 30th Anniversary

Power is supplied by a 181-hp 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Skyactiv engine (generating 151 lb-ft of torque), sending power to the rear wheels by either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Numbers and prices for Canada were not yet released, but the US models (500 in total) are priced at $34,995 for the soft top and $37,595 for the hardtop version, adding $500 and $400, respectively, for automatic transmission. The car is now available for pre-ordering at www.mazdausa.com/30th-anniversary.