Mazda Philippines has officially announced the arrival of the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition in the local market. The vehicle commemorates the global premier of the original Mazda MX-5 at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989. Only 3,000 units are set to be produced at the moment with 30 of them, especially dedicated to the Philippine market.
The Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition comes with the same 2.0-litre powertrain of the regular Miata. The limited model is only available in both 6-speed AT and 6-speed MT flavors, all mated to a high-revving 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-DRIVE engine with 184PS.
The only distinctive feature that can be gleaned from the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition is its Racing Orange color, which is a throwback hue of the car the automaker won with at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans. The vehicle also features 17-inch gunmetal RAYS wheels, two-tone roof, and the conspicuous exterior badging which says "30th ANNIVERSARY."
The Racing Orange theme continues with the car's 30th Anniversary floor mats, leather seats, and the orange stitching right on its steering wheel. It also sports an Alcantara upholstery, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, and of course that plate which is numbered 30th ANNIVERSARY. The car also comes with an upgraded version of the Mazda Connect system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration in tow.
Beyond its complimenting accents and colors, the special commemorative model also comes with some key upgrades which should readily benefit its performance. At the top of the list is the Brembo-made front brakes and the NISSIN-engineered rear brakes – all of which are also orange.
All the Philippine models of the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition are revealed to be the RF (Retractable Fastback) variant. As it is, no soft top versions are offered.
Now, if you're one of those who's already on the verge of buying, this limited edition roadster won't be cheap. The Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition carries a price tag of PHP 2.99 million for both the MT and the AT variants. With at least eight of the 30 units already sold in the market, it won't be that long before the bulk of its announcement finally gets out nationwide.
The Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition began its pre-selling in February 2019.