Back in 1989, Mazda introduced the MX-5. A million cars and 30 years later, and the mighty Mazda MX-5 (or Miata, for those of you living stateside) is being celebrated for its longevity and success.
Appropriately, the anniversary was celebrated at the same show where the MX-5 first debuted, the Chicago Auto Show.
Not only did the car get a new design, but it also received a new colour—Racing Orange. The paint was specially formulated to celebrate the MX-5’s anniversary, and is billed as representing “sunrise and anticipation.” The colour is meant to evoke “the breaking dawn of an exciting new day,” states Mazda.
The car also received Bilstein shocks and a mechanical limited-slip differential, as well as Brembo brakes and a set of 17-inch Rays ZE40 forged aluminium wheels. It wasn’t just the exterior that received custom treatment, either, the interior was also treated with orange stitching and piping, as well as Recaro seats.
The anniversary edition shares the same stats as the 2019 version—a 181 horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine (buyers in Japan can opt for the 1.5-litre version). While designed more for fun driveability than speed, the MX-5 still hits 0 to 100 in just 5.7 seconds, and has a 14.4 second quarter mile, at a speed of 154 kilometres per hour.
And while you may not be breaking speed records in the MX-5, you will have an impressive fuel consumption of eleven kilometres per litre in the city, and 14.5 on the highway.
Only 3,000 Anniversary Editions will be made, all of which have already been claimed through pre-orders.