Limited-run model arrives with race-inspired additions and colour scheme; 600 examples are headed to the UK
Tom Morgan, deputy digital editor
8 February 2019

Mazda has revealed a 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5 at the Chicago motor show, exactly three decades after the original two-seat sports car was unveiled at the same event.

The limited-run model arrives with exclusive Racing Orange paint, inspired by the 1989 MX-5 Club Racer, and forged 17in, 10-spoke aluminium Rays alloy wheels based on the ones used in the Global MX-5 Cup racing series. Plus, a 30th Anniversary badge features on the front wing.

The car also receives 15in Brembo front brakes – a first for any UK-market MX-5 – and body-coloured brake callipers. The Anniversary Edition rides on Bilstein dampers and uses the most powerful 181bhp version of Mazda's 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. 

Mazda has also added orange accents throughout the interior, replaced the standard dashboard trim with Alcantara and upgraded the seats to a sportier Recaro pair. The 7.0in-screen infotainment system includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard.

Only 3000 30th Anniversary Edition models will be produced, with the UK receiving 600 of those, split between 400 soft-tops and 200 RF hard-tops, which receive a black two-tone roof.

The regular convertible will cost £28,095, while the RF will cost £29,985. Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin in the summer.

The MX-5 is one of the world's most popular roadsters, with more than a million examples sold since its introduction in 1989.

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8 February 2019

Perfect spec! Yes please. Read a rumour yesterday that the flat six might be making a return to the Porsche 718, and not just in limited run GT4 spec. Let’s hope so, because at the moment the naturally aspirated MX5 holds more appeal. 

8 February 2019

looks good...now to give it a shot :) Great little car

8 February 2019

Perfect! Definitly on my 'to buy' list.

Brilliant if you cant afford a Vantage :)

Jameson

8 February 2019

Nice to see a special edition that isn't just trim and paint.

But 600 for the UK is a sizable number - it must account for a significant percentage of this year's sales especially in that orange which might not have universal appeal. Perhaps end of year might be the time to buy if there are any remaining!  

8 February 2019

the brakes and seats are great also, lovely upgrade rather than just a badge and a bit of bling.

I don't like the colour though ... always a fly in the ointment for the armchair critic !!!

8 February 2019

When are Toyota going to stop teasing and just bring out a new MR2?

I got burned badly by buying a new Mazda MX-5 - I was left completely shocked at the build quality, reliability (it broke down twice when only a few weeks old, once in a very dangerous way) and the dealership / manufacturer levels of service (appalling) after all I'd read about them.

So I'm fed up of this one horse race of a car from a manufacturer that I'll never spend one single penny of my money on again......hurry up Toyota!

 

Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother :-)

9 February 2019
gavsmit wrote:

When are Toyota going to stop teasing and just bring out a new MR2?

I got burned badly by buying a new Mazda MX-5 - I was left completely shocked at the build quality, reliability (it broke down twice when only a few weeks old, once in a very dangerous way) and the dealership / manufacturer levels of service (appalling) after all I'd read about them.

So I'm fed up of this one horse race of a car from a manufacturer that I'll never spend one single penny of my money on again......hurry up Toyota!

I can imagine how disappointing that was but I too am surpeised at its lack of competition, being a good seller you would expect others to want a piece of the market but fiat has pulled out leaving only the more expensive abarth. There used to be an mgf/tf, mr2 and even the lower powered z3 competed, now there is only its sister car the abarth competeing, so effectively nothing.

As for this anniversary addition, I really like it though I'd rather have it in mazdas metallic red which I think looks stunning, but if I could afford it the colour wouldn't put me off. And I'll take an rf please.

11 February 2019

This is the one tho have.

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