Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition Rolls Into Chicago

Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition Rolls Into Chicago

What You Need to Know: The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition will be limited to 3,000 units consisting of both soft- and retractable-fastback RF hardtop models.

Speaking of wheels, the 30th Anniversary Edition also gets forged Rays ZE40 RS30 aluminum wheels that were apparently developed exclusively for this auto. As for why that color, Mazda says that the Racing Orange was inspired by the yellow that the MX-5 Miata Club Racer was shown in at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show when it debuted. Later on, Mazda realised the Miata name still had brand resonance, so the company compromised and it became the MX-5 Miata in North America, a name it carries to this day. Interestingly, Mazda unveiled the original MX-5 30 years ago at the same event, back in 1989. So, if any vehicle deserves to celebrate its 30th birthday, it's the MX-5 Miata. Those brakes are set behind a unique set of dark-finish, 17-inch Rays wheels, and cars equipped with a manual transmission get Bilstein dampers for improved handling.

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.

We can add RECARO sports seats, contrast orange stitching and piping on the door trim, instrument panel, seats, shift lever and brake leave inside. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on the 30th Anniversary model. However, its 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G makes use of the new-for-2019 improvements bringing its output to 181hp and 151lbft of torque. The soft top model starts at $34,995 for the six-speed manual and goes up to $37,995 for an automatic RF.

It's hard to overstate the importance of the Miata, which in its 30 years has sold more than one million units and developed a cult following.