Words by Declan Glynn
In order to celebrate the birth of the iconic Mazda MX-5, Mazda unveiled a 30th anniversary edition MX-5 at the 2019 Chicago Motor Show, three decades after its debut at the very same motor show in 1989.
With global production limited to 3,000 models, only 10 units will be available in Ireland.
The 30th anniversary edition features the new 184PS (181bhp) version of Mazda’s acclaimed 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine, and is available only in the roadster (convertible) body-type.
Launched as both a tribute to loyal MX-5 fans, and as a mark of the high hopes the firm has for the future of its sports car, this Mazda MX-5 is exclusively offered in the newly developed Racing Orange body paint – a strikingly vivid colour that marks out this special motor.
In addition to Racing Orange, the new MX-5 features forged aluminium Rays wheels, developed exclusively for it in co-operation with Rays Wheel Co Ltd, and a 30th anniversary badge displaying the model’s serial number
Other unique features include orange brake calipers with Nissin brakes on the rear, and Brembo brakes on the front wheels.
My review car proved itself to be a real head-turner, both when parked-up and when on the move, while performance from the engine was never an issue.
Producing 181bhp and 205Nm of torque, the car can go from 0-100kmph in just 6.5 seconds, and can achieve a top speed of 205kmph.
This engine is one of the greatest four-cylinder motors you can buy.
Silky-smooth, it starts up with a fruity growl, and is likeable in everyday use, but really comes alive when the accelerator pedal is pushed towards the floor.
The engine revs all the way around the rev counter to 7,500rpm, and is responsible for making a superb car even better than ever before.
Claimed fuel consumption of 6.9l/100km on a combined driving cycle is achievable, while an annual road tax disc will cost €570.
The MX-5 is lighter than most cars on the road, and this is reflected in the precision of the steering, the light clutch, and the enjoyable short-throw gearbox.
While the stunning new Mazda MX-5 range is priced from €28,195 (ex-delivery), this limited edition roadster is available for €40,995 (ex-delivery).
The Mazda MX-5 30th anniversary edition is the perfect way to celebrate three decades of this iconic sports car.