The New 30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata Is Already Sold Out
The limited-edition manual transmission model celebrates three decades of the sporty Japanese convertible.
Mazda marked 30 years and over one million sales of the Miata by unveiling the 2019 MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition at the Chicago Auto Show.
With the availability of stick shifts in sports cars declining, those who long for a clutch pedal will be pleased to learn that the Japanese automaker opted to mate the base model’s 181-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder to a manual transmission and powertrain-exclusive mechanical limited-slip diff.
An automatic version is also available for an extra $500 in the soft-top and $400 in the hard-top RF, but why pay more for less fun?
Other exclusive features include Brembo brakes, 17-inch Rays wheels finished in gunmetal gray and a slick “Racing Orange” paint job. The interior gets matching orange-stitched Recaro racing seats and an Alcantara trim.
Prices start at $34,995 for the soft-top and $37,595 for the RF. Unfortunately, Road and Track reports that all 500 of the 3,000 Anniversary Editions slated for the U.S. were reserved in just four hours.
Hopefully Mazda will decide to double down by sending another 500 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition models stateside.