THREE decades after the 1989 Chicago Motor Show was the stage for the debut of the original MX-5, Mazda unveiled the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 Chicago Motor Show.
After 30 years and more than a million units sold, Mazda feels that the MX-5 has grown into more than simply Mazda's creation. It now belongs to the enthusiasts around the world who have supported the development of the model and helped it become the world's best-selling two-seater roadster. Launched as both a tribute to these MX-5 fans and as a mark of the high hopes the firm has for the future of its sports car, the 30th Anniversary Edition is exclusively offered in the newly developed Racing Orange body paint, a strikingly vivid colour that marks out this special MX-5.
In addition to Racing Orange, the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition features forged aluminium Rays wheels, developed exclusively for the MX-5 in cooperation with Rays Co Ltd, and a 30th anniversary badge displaying the model's serial number. Other unique features include orange brake callipers, and for the first time in the UK, Brembo front brakes.
Inside, the bespoke feel continues with orange accents on the seats, door trim, dashboard, steering wheel, air vents and gear lever, while Recaro seats and Alcantara trim on the door trim and instrument panel add a sense of exclusivity. The 30thAnniversary Edition also features Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard.
Just 3,000 cars will be produced globally, and fittingly for one of the world's biggest MX-5 markets, the UK, will receive 550 - 370 convertible and 180 RF. Marked out by its black two-tone roof, the Retractable Fastback RF is £29,895, while the convertible is £28,095.
Commenting on the launch of 30th Anniversary MX-5, Mazda Motors UK Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson, said: "in the three decades since the launch of the original model over 130,000 Mazda MX-5s have been sold in the UK. This is a sports car that has resonated with enthusiastic British drivers ever since its debut and four generations on it's as popular as ever. Along the way, it has remained true to the original principle of being an affordable, lightweight and above all fun-to-drive roadster. Today it is the very essence of the Jinba Ittai driver-and-car-as-one philosophy that goes into every Mazda."
Adding, "and with its unique detailing, generous equipment levels, exclusivity and bold Racing Orange paint, the 30thAnniversary Edition is the perfect way to celebrate three decades of this iconic sports car".
As with all 2.0-litre 2019 Mazda MX-5 models, the 30th Anniversary features the new 184ps version of the Skyactiv-G engine, while across both body types this range-topping special edition comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, Bilstein dampers, strut-brace and limited slip differential.