MX-5 Turns 30

Originally Published: July 2019

And gets a spray tan to celebrate

It’s a behemoth in the motoring world – except in the literal sense – and it has just reached a big milestone.

To celebrate it turning 30, Mazda have released the 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5 in an exclusive Racing Orange. Just 3,000 cars will be sold globally, of which the UK’s portion will be 600. A third of those will be the targa RF version, but most will be MX-5s as your nan will know them.

Over the last three decades, the world has taken in more than a million MX-5s, and the new model celebrates what has been achieved so far, but also signals the brand’s faith in the roadster and the hopes it has for the future. They’ve proven this not just by making it visible from space, but by fitting it with exclusively developed aluminium racing wheels from Rays, Brembo front brakes for the first time in the UK (painted orange, of course) and a badge displaying the serial number.

Alcantara clads the interior which also features Recaro seats and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

All anniversary models will come with the newly beefed 184bhp version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine and a manual six-speed with Bilstein dampers and a limited slip differential. Orders are open, with prices set at £28,095 for the soft top and £29,895 for the RF version.

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