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Mazda Presents Exclusive Version Of Its MX-5 Roadster In Chicago

Mazda Presents Exclusive Version Of Its MX-5 Roadster In Chicago

Early this morning (like really early-around 2am Philippine time), Mazda marked the MX-5's 30th birthday with the release of a special 30th Anniversary Edition Miata.

The bad news? They're all sold out. Each of the 500 USA buyers had to plunk down a refundable $500 deposit. But these things work like waiting lists during the college application process, so don't get too emotionally invested in it.

The year 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the brilliant Mazda MX-5 Miata sports vehicle, and Mazda is celebrating with the reveal of a zesty special edition at the Chicago auto show. The venue was Chicago Auto Show and at the same event Mazda has revealed special 30th Anniversary Edition.

Mazda believes that the MX-5 is now as much a part of the community as it is a Mazda product given the love people have shown over four generations of this compact roadster, and hopefully there are many more to come. That base price is actually the same as a similarly-equipped MX-5 Club, which makes the 30th Anniversary seem like a deal to us.

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Though Mazda has given the latest version of the roadster a 26 horsepower bump up in power for 2019, to 181 hp, it's never been the monster in its segment. The theme continues to the interior with orange interior louvers and orange piping on the heated RECARO sports seats.

The 30th anniversary MX-5 comes with Mazda's 181bhp 2.0 litre Skyactiv-G engine with six-speed manual gearbox, Bilstein dampers, strut brace and limited slip diff.

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. Interestingly, Mazda unveiled the original MX-5 30 years ago at the same event, back in 1989. Or you can (probably) find one of the 25th Anniversary editions on the used market.