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Bright orange sports car is limited to just 600 units in the UK

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Mazda has lifted the lid on a special 30th Anniversary Edition of its popular MX-5, celebrating three decades since the launch of the original MX-5.

Just 3,000 cars will be offered worldwide – and the UK has been allocated 600 units from that figure.

The MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition was unveiled this week at the Chicago motor show, the very same event where the original MX-5 (known as the Miata in America and the Eunos Roadster in Japan) was revealed to the world back in 1989.

The limited-run model benefits from a striking Racing Orange body paint, contrasting the forged aluminium Rays wheels developed exclusively for the model. Orange brake callipers complement the car’s exterior shade, and UK models benefit from performance Brembo front brakes, too.

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Step inside and you’ll find a variety of accents matching the body colour on areas such as the seats, dashboard and steering wheel. Soft-touch Alcantara trim has been used on the doors and instrument panel.

Jeremy Thomson, Mazda Motors UK managing director, said: “In the three decades since the launch of the original model, more than 130,000 Mazda MX-5s have been sold in the UK. This is a sports car that has resonated with enthusiastic British drivers ever since its debut and, four generations on, it’s as popular as ever.

“Along the way, it has remained true to the original principle of being an affordable, lightweight and above all fun-to-drive roadster. Today it is the very essence of the Jinba Ittai driver-and-car-as-one philosophy that goes into every Mazda.”

2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniverary Edition wheel

Of the UK’s allocation of 600 cars, 400 will be traditional convertibles and the remaining 200 will be RF models – or ‘retractable fastback’. Prices will start at £28,096 for the soft-top, and £28,895 for the RF.

All cars get a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 184hp driven to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. 30th Anniversary models also benefit from Bilstein dampers, a strut-brace and a limited-slip differential too.

The MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition is available to order now, and first deliveries are expected to commence this summer.

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Stuart Masson
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Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.