Yup, the Miata is 30 years old, and at this point, the plucky little roadster needs no introduction. But that said? We’re going to repeat our favorite story about its origin — even thought we’re not sure exactly how factual it is.
As the story goes, a bunch of American auto writers were gathered at a Mazda event during the early ’80s. While picking their brains, a Mazda engineer asked what kind of car people would buy, but didn’t yet exist. So someone piped up, “how about a little British roadster that doesn’t leak oil?” Now, we have no idea if it’s true, but you have to admit that story is kind of perfect, and in our opinion, the 30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata is perfect too.
Available exclusively in Racer Orange, the special edition isn’t all that different from the regular models. But the bright exterior hue will carry over to the brake calipers, and into the cabin via accents on the Recaro seats, dash, shift lever, and doors. There are also 17-inch alloy wheels, and those who opt for the manual gearbox (you should) will also get a limited-slip differential. As you can see from the pics, the package will be available on either the convertible or RF models, and start at $34,995 for the soft-top, or $37,595 for the RF.*
Honestly, this car is so good right out of the box, there’s really not much to improve on. It’s already gotten a significant power bump over last year’s model.
Now, it’s no secret that we’re huge fans of the Miata at AutoNation Drive. Just check out what contributor Derek Shiekhi had to say about his recent week with the 2019 Miata RF Grand Touring:
Every curve revealed the finely tuned weight of the double-pinion electronic power-assist steering. I could feel the wind in my hair, but there was no buffeting in the cabin. Every chance I got, I rev-matched and downshifted just so I could feel even more connected to the Miata RF. I squeezed every rpm and ounce of performance that I could out of its engine without having to worry about flying off into the weeds or the back of a squad car. I wouldn’t call the Miata RF a fast car, but I’ll definitely call it a fun car with accessible performance that you can fully enjoy on public roads.
Your local AutoNation Mazda dealer is currently taking orders to for the 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition. And if you’re interested, get there pronto — because only 3000 will be sold worldwide. Of course, if orange doesn’t suit you, there’s always the option of a standard model. Trust us when we say you’ll have a blast in any flavor Miata you choose…
* MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.