Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Mazda drops the top on MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition

Mazda drops the top on MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition

There is a waiting list on Mazda's site that you can join in case someone backs out of their $500 refundable deposit.

Three decades after the 1989 Chicago Motor Show was the stage for the debut of the original MX-5, Mazda has today unveiled the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 Chicago Motor Show, which runs until 18 February.

The 30th Anniversary softtop starts at $35,915, with the hardtop RF carrying a $2600 premium at $38,515. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, as does a three-month SiriusXM subscription and three-year Traffic Plus and Travel Link subscription. Grand Touring is the top trim available on the MX-5, above Sport and Club. 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.

To date, over one million units of the Mazda MX-5 have been sold, making it the world's best-selling two-seater roadster by far. GT models replace 16-inch.

In addition to the Vitamin C color scheme, the 30th Anniversary Edition gets a set of 17-inch Rays ZE40 forged aluminum wheels that were specially developed for the Miata and are based on the wheels found on the MX-5 Cup race auto.

This trim is unique to the 30th Anniversary cars, so these aren't options that you can pick out by yourself from the regular ordering system to build one yourself. It produces 184 PS along with 205 Nm of torque, and can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

We know what you're thinking: I'll be quicker next year in snapping up the 31st Anniversary Edition.

Hard to believe, but it's been 30 years since the original Mazda Miata flipped up its headlights and said hello to the world.

Each vehicle will be individually numbered, and reservation holders will be able to select their number out of 3,000, unless it's already taken.

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