Mazda celebrates 30 years of MX-5 with Anniversary Edition

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The 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5 Miata wears a special shade of Racing Orange paint, which Mazda says is an evolution of the yellow hue that adorned the original '89 Club Racer show vehicle.

The 30th Anniversary package will be available on both the standard roadster and the Miata RF. The 30th Anniversary Edition also features Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard. 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.

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The legendary, oh-so-loveable MX-5 has now turned 30. Under the hood, the auto borrows the Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter engine found in the 2019 MX-5 Grand Touring model that delivers 181 hp and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) of torque - a 17 percent increase over the 2018 model year. GT models replace 16-inch.

This trim is unique to the 30th Anniversary cars, so these aren't options that you can pick out by yourself from the regular ordering system to build one yourself.

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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. The brakes are painted in the same hue, and there are Racing Orange accents on the doors, the dashboard, the air vents, the shifter, and the piping and stitching of the seats. The soft top model starts at $34,995 for the six-speed manual and goes up to $37,995 for an automatic RF. 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.

Of course, if you want one, you'd better act fast.

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