New Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition Flaunts Exclusive Orange Paint, Alcantara Cabin

Mazda is celebrating 3 decades since the launch of the original Miata at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show with the special 30th Anniversary Edition that was revealed today at the same venue.

The new limited edition of the incredibly popular roadster comes with Mazda’s exclusive Racing Orange paint finish, as well as a set of forged aluminum wheels from Rays and more.

Mazda will build just 3,000 examples of the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition worldwide, with 500 of them coming into the US market. The special model will be available in both the soft-top and RF retractable hard-top versions.

In addition to the special color and wheels, the new MX-5 30th Anniversary will also feature orange Brembo brake calipers up front and matching Nissin brake calipers at the rear, Recaro seats with orange accents and a nine-speaker Bose sound system. The orange theme continues on the door trims, dashboard and shift lever.

Models fitted with a manual transmission will also come with Bilstein dampers, while Mazda will offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in select markets.

Only Japanese customers will be able to get the latest special MX-5 with the 1.5-liter four-cylinder option, while the rest of the world will be offered just the 2.0-liter version, complete with 181hp.

Pricing for the new Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition starts from $34,995 for the manual soft-top version, with the RF asking for $37,595. The optional automatic gearbox is priced at $500 for the soft-top and at $400 for the RF models.

Mazda has managed to sell more than one million Miatas over the last 30 years, making the Japanese roadster one of the most iconic cars of the market.

Exclusive Features

  • Racing Orange body color
  • Rays forged aluminum wheels (Rays ZE40 RS30)
  • 30th Anniversary badge (with serial number)
  • Orange brake calipers and orange accents on the seats, door trim, dashboard and shift lever
  • Recaro seats
  • Bilstein dampers (manual-transmission models only)
  • Brembo front brake calipers (in orange)
  • Nissin rear brake calipers (in orange)
  • Bose sound system (AudioPilot 2) with nine speakers
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (in select markets)

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  • PhilMcGraw

    I wish they would do the old hunter green colored Miata with the gold rims. That would be a truly special edition.

    • Six_Tymes

      Same with the dark metallic plumb color they had, that would be cool too.

  • Billie Bob Norton

    It looks like an…!

  • Salih Ahzem

    Orange is new black

  • robotlogic

    Good luck finding anyone willing to drive a car that color that’s old enough to drive!

    • SteersUright

      I LOVE this color. Would by any sports car in this shade.


  • SteersUright

    Damn that looks so effin good. The Miata was just too small for me when I test drove it, like 90% of the sports car I hoped it would be. I still absolutely admire it’s purity and nowadays, it good looks as well.

  • SteersUright

    yes, sadly. Its overpriced as all hell. It should have at least 275hp at that price.

  • Alx

    No shade of orange can change that juvenile cartoonish face. They should really sharpen it up.

  • Giziclown

    Let’s put in 2,5T inside.

  • Vassilis

    Nice. Looks like a McLaren edition :p

  • JackW

    Reminds me of my old 1973 BMW 2002 tii – I love orange cars. I’d buy one of these if I hadn’t just bought a 2018 Miata two months ago.

  • Er, can I have this one in black?

  • Bo Hanan

    I always wonder why Japanese car manufacturers paint their “special cars” orange. That color has no significance in Asian history.

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