Mazda drops the top on MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition

Mazda drops the top on MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition

Quotable: "After 30 years and with more than 1 million examples sold, Mazda feels that the MX-5 is no longer its own creation", reads Mazda's press release. All of the cars have the same features including dark gunmetal forged aluminum Rays wheels based on the design used by the Global MX-5 Cup racing cars. The car's unveiling was in Chicago since that was where the original Miata made its debut in 1989; fittingly, the Racing Orange paint is created to evoke "the breaking dawn of an exciting new day". This strikingly vivid color pays homage to the yellow MX-5 Miata Club Racer that also debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show.

This special color continues to the brakes, where you'll find orange calipers at all four corners - Brembo units up front and Nissin stoppers at the rear.

Mazda is celebrating its 30th anniversary of first introduction of Miata in the year 1989.

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Rays developed a set of forged aluminium wheels especially for the vehicle, with "30th Anniversary" lettering etched on each rim. New Alcantara trim is applied in place of leather to the door panels, the dashboard, and the Recaro seats. A Bose sound system is also along for the ride, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard. Mazda is limiting the edition to just 3,000 units. Also, each 30th Anniversary Edition Miata will get a badge, located on the driver's-side quarter-panel ahead of the rear wheel, that denotes the serial number of the auto. The soft top model starts at $34,995 for the six-speed manual and goes up to $37,995 for an automatic RF.

While never a major seller, the pint-sized two-seater also known as the MX-5 captured the hearts - and checkbooks - of those who wanted something that put the emphasis on pure driving fun, inspiring a wave of imitations from Mazda's Japanese, German and USA rivals.

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