Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition: An Orange-Licious Birthday

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After 30 years and more than 1 million units sold, Mazda feels that the MX-5 has grown into more than simply Mazda's creation.

Inside, more orange accents are found on the seats, doors, dashboard and shifter, and every 30th Anniversary Edition Miata gets Recaro buckets.

To contrast the brilliant color, the new RAYS ZE40 17-inch Dark Gunmetal forged alloy wheels play up the MX-5's driving legacy.

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.

February in Chicago isn't normally what you'd call convertible season, but on a cold and blustery morning nearly 30 years ago to the day, Mazda took ragtop fans and, indeed, the rest of the auto industry, by surprise with the debut of the original Miata roadster.

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Mazda has lifted the lid on a special 30th Anniversary Edition of its popular MX-5. But if you absolutely must have this paint color and interior trim, be aware that Mazda has a habit of adding special-edition paint colors to their regular production palette the following model year.

The reveal of this edition coincides with the launch of the MX-5 nearly 30 years ago to the day on February 9, 1989. The vehicle received Rays forged wheels, body colour Racing Orange and the same shade of the brake caliper.

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). However, its 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G makes use of the new-for-2019 improvements bringing its output to 181hp and 151lbft of torque. Mazda is limiting the edition to just 3,000 units. The roof on RF is painted Racing Orange, while the soft top will feature a black cloth top.

Mazda believes that the MX-5 is now as much a part of the community as it is a Mazda product given the love people have shown over four generations of this compact roadster, and hopefully there are many more to come.