30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 launched

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition

30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 launched

Yesterday Mazda pulled the wraps off a very special MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition at the Chicago Auto Show.

The 30th Anniversary package will be available on both the standard roadster and the Miata RF.

Mazda originally planned to use the yellow color found on the original 1989 Miata but wanted to go further than simply reusing an old color.

Whether you like MX-5s or not, there can be no denying the impact it's had on the world of sports cars. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on the 30th Anniversary model. Later on, Mazda realised the Miata name still had brand resonance, so the company compromised and it became the MX-5 Miata in North America, a name it carries to this day.

Other unique features include 17-inch Rays ZE40 RS30 forged aluminum wheels developed in partnership with Rays, and a 30th Anniversary badge displaying the vehicle's serial number. It gets Bilstein dampers (manual models only), Brembo front brake calipers painted orange, and Nissin rear brake calipers that are also finished in orange.

The vehicle had some unique options and features that made it so attractive to buyers. It produces 184 PS along with 205 Nm of torque, and can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. We regret to inform you that Mazda appears to do these things in five-year increments, having created the 25th Anniversary Miata back in 2014, just 100 of which were allocated to the U.S. The upside, if any, is that you now have five years to save up for the 35th Anniversary Miata due in 2024. The Miata already is one of our favorite cars on the market, and it was made even better for the 2019 model year with the addition of a new, higher-revving engine.

Each vehicle will be individually numbered, and reservation holders will be able to select their number out of 3,000, unless it's already taken.

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