Yes, you can officially call the Mazda MX-5 Miata a classic. It's now been around for 30 years, and Mazda is throwing a celebration by issuing a special Miata and Miata RF in an eye-catching hue known as Racing Orange. Normally, we'd say that orange is a bit much, but it works for the little roadster that only comes in rather conservative hues like black, white, and silver. The only bold color it comes in is red, and even that's toned down.
Though nothing under the hood has changed (the new engine for 2018 delivers 181 horses from its 2.0-liter four), there's plenty to love about the upgraded aesthetics. The color "evokes the breaking dawn of an exciting new day," according to Mazda, which is an interesting statement, for sure. It's certainly more adventurous and noticeable in a very good way. The black highlights are a nice muted way to dial things down on an otherwise very orange palette.
The Rays forged wheels are the perfect frame for the orange brake calipers to peek through, and then there are orange, door sills, air vents, seat
Each special 30th Anniversary edition gets standard Brembo brakes, a premium Bose sound system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with all the trim bits mentioned above. If you opt for the six-speed manual (which you absolutely should) in the Miata or the Miata RF, you get an added limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks and a front shock tower brace, all of which should beef up the handling of this already capable little roaster.
If all this orange and more appeals to you, get your butt in gear because a mere 3,000 of the soft top and RF will be made for the whole world, and we'll only see 500 of them here in the states. Go to the configuration website to order one now.
The manual soft top starts at $35,915, and the manual RF starts at $38,515. Add $499 on the soft top and $400 on the RF if you want a manual transmission, but put a bag over your head because no car like this should get a slushbox, in our opinion.