Unveiled at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the very venue where the original Miata debuted in 1989, the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition is limited to a production run of 3,000 units, only 500 of which Mazda is earmarking for the United States.
In addition to the Vitamin C color scheme, the 30th Anniversary Edition gets a set of 17-inch Rays ZE40 forged aluminum wheels that were specially developed for the Miata and are based on the wheels found on the MX-5 Cup race auto.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition has a unique body color - Racing Orange, that symbolizes the dawn of a new day. Of course, it wouldn't be a special edition motor vehicle without a badge that sets it apart from its less special stablemates and the 30th Anniversary MX-5 is no different. Orange accents highlight the interior, as well, with the color contrasting with the black leather and plastics that line much of the roadster's door trim, shift lever, dashboard, and seats.
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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. 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.
To offset some of the orange, the 17-inch Rays ZE40 wheels are painted a dark gunmetal grey.
Also, the auto will be produced in both soft-top and hardtop RF form, and will be available with a manual transmission option (these units get Bilstein dampers). Mazda Australia has confirmed that it will import just 30 units, which will be offered to customers on a "first come, first served basis", with potential buyers to be reached out to via email. The soft top model starts at $34,995 for the six-speed manual and goes up to $37,995 for an automatic RF. That's right, the MX-5 (Miata if you live in some parts of the world) has hit the big three-oh.