2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition review: gallery, price and specs

The Ronseal of limited-run specials, the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition celebrates 30 years of the world's best selling sports car. But is it worth the money?...

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition front

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According to tradition, you give the gift of paper when celebrating a first anniversary and cotton for the second. But when you get to the 30th it seems you go for something orange – just look at this limited-run Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition.

Its bright orange paint is combined with orange interior trim. And when you flick through the pictures in this review you’ll see that comparing its style with that of a regular MX-5 is like comparing apples and… well, you get it.

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition Convertible and RF

Both the MX-5 Convertible (with its fabric roof) and the MX-5 RF (which stands for Retractable Fastback and features a folding metal roof) have been given the 30th Anniversary treatment. However, the only engine option is the range-topping 181bhp 2.0-litre petrol which we’re already familiar with.

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition wheels

Indeed, apart from a switch to Brembo made brakes, there are no mechanical changes. But the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition does come with bespoke 17in alloy wheels.

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition interior

There's also a uniquely numbered plaque on the rear wing of each car to tell you where in the 3000-vehicle global production run it came. Just 550 examples are earmarked for the UK: 370 Convertibles and 180 RFs. However, while this means discounts aren't available, you can save on a regular MX-5 by using our New Car Buying service.

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary rear

Unsurprisingly, given how little of substance has changed, the 30th Anniversary Edition drives much like any other fourth-generation Mazda MX-5. But that’s no bad thing because it means it feels light and agile.

True, there’s more body lean in corners than you might expect, but the payoff for the relatively soft setup is a comfortable ride.

​Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary steering wheel

The 2.0-litre engine loves to rev, too, yet has sufficient mid-range muscle that it never becomes frustrating. Plus, the pedals and steering are sweetly weighted, and the six-speed manual gearbox is a delight to use, thanks to its short, snappy action.

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