Mazda celebrates MX-5's 30th Anniversary at Chicago

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Words: Nile Bijoux
8 Feb 2019

Thirty years ago Mazda revealed the first-generation MX-5 to the world at the Chicago Auto Show. Now, at the 2019 show, Mazda has shown off the 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5 in celebration of three decades of top-down motoring.

Available in both soft top and retractable hardtop guises, the 30th Anniversary Edition gets unique ten-spoke forged aluminium wheels by Rays, a Racing Orange paint job and orange brake calipers. Orange accents dot the interior too, contrasting the black leather and plastics that line much of the roadster’s door trim, shift lever, dashboard, and seats.

The limited-edition MX-5 makes do with the higher-revving 2.0-litre engine, now good for 134kW. It’s paired with a six-speed manual by default although a six-speed automatic is optional.

Being a special edition, there are a few extra gubbins over the standard MX. It comes standard with rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, automatic air-conditioning and an in-dash navigation system. Also included are racier bits like Recaro seats, Brembo front brake calipers, and Bilstein dampers, the latter of which are limited to models equipped with the manual transmission.

Production will be limited to 3000 units and we’ve reached out to Mazda NZ to see how many (if any) will make it here. Australia is only getting 30 so best get in quick if you’re interested.

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