It's orange, it's got new wheels and a new badge and, er...
Whether you like MX-5s or not, there can be no denying the impact it's had on the world of sports cars. Therefore with 1989 marking its 30th anniversary, Mazda was hardly going to let the MX-5's big 3-0 pass unnoticed.
Previewed last month, Mazda has now shown in full the 30th Anniversary Edition at the Chicago show. As expected, this MX-5 is extremely orange (the colour is Racing Orange, in fact), and can also be distinguished from other models in the range - in case the paint didn't do it - by the Rays RE40 ZS30 forged wheels, 30th Anniversary badge and orange calipers.
That theme continues inside, too, with orange accents on the seats, doors and gear lever. Note as well the Recaro seats, which actually look pretty decent.
Beyond that, the 30th Anniversary Edition is as you were for any MX-5: it will be sold as both a Roadster and an RF, and it would seem with either engine choice - certainly a specific one hasn't been mentioned just yet. As for actually obtaining one, Mazda says that 3,000 will be built across both body styles, which ties in with the anniversary.
We're still no clearer just yet on what the UK allocation of that 3,000 will be, though you'd have to imagine the car's popularity over here would mean a decent proportion could make it. We'll find out soon!
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The Recaro seats really make the car as the normal ones are a bit flat and unsupportive imo, but Mazda in their un-wise ways only ever seemingly offer them in "limited edition" versions (such as this 30th anniversary one for example,) instead of offering them as an paid option. And irritatingly they offer the Recaros as a trim spec in many other countries including the US market but not here in the UK. This version is a bit too orange for me. The RF really should have contrasting black A pillars and buttresses, no?
Prefer the red or metallic grey colour but oh so want one with the Recaro seats...with the 2019 updated engine-now 181bhp. Power to weight is then excellent and one of the last remaining fairly high revving natural aspirated engines on sale.
Bill07 Feb 2019
No pop up headlights?? Really like this gen of MX5, and the orange with black wheels looks great.