By Ulysses Ang
AFTER a lengthy pre-selling that started in February, the limited-edition Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition has finally arrived in the Philippines. And as a pleasant surprise, Bermaz Auto Philippines announced that they have managed to increase their allocation from 20 to 30 units. This means that one percent of the total 3,000-unit global production run is in the Philippines.
Celebrating 30 years of two-seat, open-top motoring, the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition comes in the RF or Retractable Fastback body style finished in an exclusive Racing Orange color. It also has a unique set of commemorative fixtures (including a numbered badge) making it a future collector’s car in the years to come.
Inspired by the Miata Club Racer Concept from 1989, the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition RF’s striking Racing Orange hue is found in the front Brembo brakes and rear factory calipers, as well as on the Recaro sport seats, door panels, and dashboard accents.
The 17-inch lightweight forged aluminum Ray wheels, engraved to commemorate the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition, explores the MX-5’s full handling potential together with the Bilstein dampers (for the MT model).
The MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition model is available in both 6-speed AT and 6-speed MT flavors, mated to a high-revving 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine with 184 horsepower.
And like the regular MX-5 RF, the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition has a 9-speaker Bose sound system as well as an upgraded version of the Mazda Connect system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
With at least 12 of the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition models already confirmed sold, it won’t take long for the entire Philippine allocation to sell out. The MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition comes with a price tag of P2,990,000 for both the MT and AT variants.