Back in 1989, the Chicago Auto Show played host to one of Mazda’s biggest milestones, the debut of the MX-5 Miata. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, 30 years later, Mazda is bringing it back to where it all began, and sharing another milestone at the Chicago Auto Show with the world premiere of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary, offered in both soft top and RF models, builds upon the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring, which now features a newly refined powertrain that puts out 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque; a 17% increase over the previous model year.
The first noticeable new feature is the exclusive Racing Orange exterior paint color. This strikingly vivid color pays homage to the yellow MX-5 Miata Club Racer that also debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show.
Racing Orange is meant to represent sunrise and anticipation, while staying true to the characteristics of a pure sports car. The roof on RF is painted Racing Orange, while the soft top will feature a black cloth top. The theme continues to the interior with orange interior louvers and orange piping on the heated RECARO sports seats. The seats in this special edition are wrapped in Alcantara, which is also found in the door inserts and lower instrument panel. All of these features help to further enhance the customer’s sense of exclusivity and pride of ownership.
To contrast the brilliant color, the new RAYS ZE40 17-inch Dark Gunmetal forged alloy wheels play up the MX-5’s driving legacy. Customers may notice these wheels are based on the Global MX-5 Cup Car, further connecting the iconic roadster’s anniversary edition to its racing roots.
And of course, no special edition would be complete without proper badging. Each 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will sport a serialized “30th Anniversary” badge on the driver’s side rear quarter panel to help commemorate 30 years of endless gratitude and unbending determination to keep evolving.
Production of 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be limited to a total of just 3,000 units worldwide. In the U.S., there will be a total of 500 non-sequentially badged units available through a custom build to order website at www.mazdausa.com/30th-anniversary. You can order the 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition model as either a soft top or RF with either a manual or automatic transmission.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary soft top will have an MSRP of $34,995 with a manual and $35,495 with an automatic, while the RF comes in a bit higher at $37,595 with a manual and $37.995 with an automatic.
What do you think of the 2019 MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary?