Chicago 2019: 30th anniversary edition for the Mazda MX-5

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition

Chicago 2019: 30th anniversary edition for the Mazda MX-5

Officially making its world debut at this year's Chicago Auto Show, the same venue where the original MX-5 debuted three decades ago, it's a limited special edition that comes with exclusive features inside and out.

Speaking of the interior, it's been given a smattering of orange accents - the Recaro seats, interior door trim, dash, steering wheel, air vents, and gear shifter have all been given an orange hit.

The auto rides on specially-designed black RAYS ZE40 RS30 forged alloy wheels and Bilstein dampers. It should be even easier to spot thanks to its carrot paint scheme - which Mazda prefers to call Racing Orange and says is meant to "evoke the breaking dawn of an exciting new day".

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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. So, if any vehicle deserves to celebrate its 30th birthday, it's the MX-5 Miata. Rays' 17-inch forged gunmetal alloy wheels complement the striking body color. That base price is actually the same as a similarly-equipped MX-5 Club, which makes the 30th Anniversary seem like a deal to us. Sales will be limited to 3,000 units worldwide, including both soft-top and retractable hardtop models.

It is unclear if the 30th Anniversary Edition will be offered with the 2.0L Roadster GT's standard six-speed manual transmission or its optional automatic unit that commands a $2000 premium. The roof on RF is painted Racing Orange, while the soft top will feature a black cloth top.

Mazda say they are going to produce 3,000 30th anniversary models, but as the United Kingdom is one of the world's biggest MX-5 markets 20 per cent of those will be heading to Blighty - 400 MX-5 Convertibles and 200 RF models.

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