Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition Is Pure, Unadulterated Fun

With the world’s most popular roadster, the MX-5, turning 30 recently, Mazda is celebrating its anniversary with a limited edition aptly called the 30th Anniversary.

Offered in 3,000 units worldwide, including 500 allocated to the U.S. market and 550 to the United Kingdom, it comes in an exclusive, and quite striking, Racing Orange shade and sports unique black alloys and orange brake calipers on all four corners.

You can catch a glimpse of the same orange color inside too, on the dashboard, door panels and gearshift lever. The Recaro sports seats with orange piping, wrapped in leather in Alcantara, offered good lumbar support and the anniversary plaque constantly reminds users of the sports car’s special status.

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Equipment is generous, with the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition getting standard LED headlights, parking sensors, satellite navigation system and a Bose premium audio with speakers incorporated into the seats for the ultimate music experience with the top down.

Like most roadsters out there, the MX-5 isn’t that practical. The boot offers a mere 130 liters (45.6 cu-ft) of cargo space, so you’ll definitely have to travel light. It also lacks traditional door bins or a glovebox, but there are some small storage spaces inside.

Let’s face it, nobody is going to buy the small Japanese roadster for anything else than its brilliant handling and, perhaps, good looks. So, the thing that you’ll have to keep in mind is that it offers one of the purest driving experiences, with sharp steering and huge levels of grip around corners.

The 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated petrol four, with 184 PS (181 hp / 135 kW), which is offered in all markets except Japan that gets a 1.5-liter unit, provides sufficient power across the rev range. Get it with the six-speed manual gearbox and you’ll be having lots of unadulterated, rear-wheel drive fun.