Introduced with much fanfare at the Chicago Auto Show back in February, the Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary was an instant hit in the United States. The Zoom-Zoom company sold all
500 cars reserved to the U.S. market within four hours, and hundreds more signed their names on a waitlist hoping to get their hands on the roadster finished in Racing Orange. Due to popular demand, Mazda has now decided to extend the allotment for the U.S. market by 143 units for a grand total of 643 U.S.-spec cars.
That’s the good news. The bad news – for people living outside of the U.S. – is that Mazda won’t be building additional cars to meet the strong demand the car is enjoying in North America. In other words, those 143 cars will come from the original 3,000-unit production run, which means availability in other parts of the world is going to be restricted.
Celebrating three decades of the Miata, the special-edition roadster is available with a choice between a soft top and a retractable hardtop for the RF variant. Aside from the vibrant paint scheme, you can tell it’s the 30th Anniversary edition thanks to the orange brake calipers hiding behind the Rays forged aluminum wheels featuring a 10-spoke design. There’s more orange on the inside where it contrasts the black leather.
As it would be appropriate for a special car, the nimble roadster comes loaded with features. You get goodies such as Recaro seats, automatic headlights, climate control, navigation, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Added into the mix are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, nine-speaker Bose sound system, along with sporty upgrades such as the Bilstein dampers and Brembo brakes.
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Those 3,000 people fortunate enough to claim one can pick from a standard six-speed manual or an optional automatic with the same number of gears. Regardless of transmission, the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition is powered exclusively by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 181 hp on tap.
When it was available in the U.S., the car retailed for $34,995 for the standard variant while the RF was priced at $37,595.