“stillborn”, “rice bowl” and “copy” were the more positive comments, than Mazda in 1989 at the Chicago auto show (USA) the first (see Box) MX-5 (in the USA, the Miata is called), have been revealed. The Unkenrufer should keep wrong: The MX-5 was Hit. Why? For 30 years, the small Japanese provides a grin for the big time.

in the meantime, the third edition a little bit obese, but the fourth is, again, their heritage of loyalty: little weight, low centre of gravity, crisp hand circuit, extreme maneuverability. And nowhere else, you can open the soft top (alternatively, there’s the RF with a foldable fixed-head coupe fixed-roof) with a hand movement on the way to manually or close.

anniversary in Racing Orange

reason enough for Mazda to pay for the anniversary, a special model: The MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition will be built only 3000 times as a Roadster and RF. External in Racing Orange, technically with two-liter, four-cylinder, the heads 184 HP (135 kW) via a six-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels. The data is from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, top speed of 219 km/h, standard fuel consumption of 6.9 l/100 km. As a treat, Mazda delivers very a lot of equipment, such as Brembo brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels, Recaro bucket seats, Bose Sound system and Infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Great Fun in the Nippon-dwarf

On to the test drive with only 1045 kilos on only 3,92 metres in length. For larger pilots in it when the roof is closed tight, open to self-seat giants are accommodated remarkably well within the Nippon-dwarf. All Other MX-5 is typical, and that’s good: the steering is super precise, the fun of driving in the curves tremendously, the comfort of even more neat. Because the torque of 205 Nm is present only at 4000/min, wants to be held, the Motor speed is in a good mood – but he turns loose up to 7000 rpm.

of Course, the ESP system controls, but the Popo-meter signals when he auskeilt change (good change) in the back. So I can like 30 more years to go. The price of the special edition (base-MX-5 24’950 Fr.): 40’990, as RF 43’990 CHF.

True, he looked a little like the first Lotus Elan (1962 to 1975): the first Mazda MX-5 (image) of 1989. With its (from the second edition of the loss of) the folding headlights of the internal “WELL” called debut until 1998 held by, because he was a gigantic success, and even to icon: the top-selling Roadster in the world, a pioneer of the re-birth of the dead Roadster segment. At that time, there was 91 to 131 HP. Today we have well maintained vehicles, starting in about 6000 francs.