Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition marks three decades of iconic sports car

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Limited-run model arrives with race-inspired additions and colour scheme; 600 examples are headed to the UK

Mazda has revealed a 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5 at the Chicago motor show, exactly three decades after the original two-seat sports car was unveiled at the same event.

The limited-run model arrives with exclusive Racing Orange paint, inspired by the 1989 MX-5 Club Racer, and forged 17in, 10-spoke aluminium Rays alloy wheels based on the ones used in the Global MX-5 Cup racing series. Plus, a 30th Anniversary badge features on the front wing.

The car also receives 15in Brembo front brakes – a first for any UK-market MX-5 – and body-coloured brake callipers. The Anniversary Edition rides on Bilstein dampers and uses the most powerful 181bhp version of Mazda’s 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. 

Mazda has also added orange accents throughout the interior, replaced the standard dashboard trim with Alcantara and upgraded the seats to a sportier Recaro pair. The 7.0in-screen infotainment system includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard.

Only 3000 30th Anniversary Edition models will be produced, with the UK receiving 600 of those, split between 400 soft-tops and 200 RF hard-tops, which receive a black two-tone roof.

The regular convertible will cost £28,095, while the RF will cost £29,985. Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin in the summer.

The MX-5 is one of the world’s most popular roadsters, with more than a million examples sold since its introduction in 1989.

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Source: Autocar Online

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