The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary edition made its debut a few months back at this year's Chicago Auto Show. The special model was limited to just 3,000 units worldwide, with just 500 heading to the U.S. Miata enthusiasts were so excited by the car that the entire allotment sold out within four hours. To help satisfy demand for this limited edition model, Mazda is allocating another 143 cars for the American market, bringing the total number of cars heading to the U.S. to 643. Note, Mazda is still only building 3,000 cars total.
The 30th Anniversary Miata is available as both a roadster and the retractable hardtop Miata RF. All of them will be painted Racing Orange and will be fitted with RAYS ZE40 17-inch forged alloy wheels, orange Brembo brake calipers and Recaro seats. The cars also come with a Bose audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The cars still retain the 2019 Miata's updated 2.0-liter inline-four making 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Cars equipped with the manual transmission get a limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks and a front shock tower brace.
To further celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Z sports car, the 2020 Nissan 370Z got a 50th Anniversary Edition model featuring a two-tone color scheme evoking BRE race cars of the early 1970s. It certainly looks stylish, but you'll pay for the looks. Specifically, you'll pay $37,315, an extra $2,600 on top of the 370Z Sport's unchanged base price of $34,715.
Besides the badging and fancy livery, the 50th Anniversary Z doesn't bring much else aside from some Alcantara and faux suede details, contrast stitching, more badging and power heated seats inside. In fact, it actually removes the front and rear spoilers that come standard with the 370Z Sport, so you actually lose some parts. So this package is really for people that are head over heels for the design.
The fearsome Nissan GT-R turns 50. The big 5-0. The half-century mark. And to celebrate, Nissan's engineers have plumbed the depths of Godzilla-ness to offer the 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition in time for the New York Auto Show.
The 50th Anniversary edition comes in three color combinations that evoke Japan GP Series racing liveries of the past, especially Bayside Blue, which has been retired since the R-34, done up in a four-coat double-heat treatment that promises the deepest of blue hues. The other combinations are Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes. All have color accents on the wheels as well. All get a gray interior, a unique steering wheel and shifter, Alcantara headliner and visors, along with embossed seats and other anniversary badging.
Nissan's done a number of special edition and concept remembrances using the Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) livery. And why shouldn't it, when BRE triumphs in the 1970s with the Dastun 240Z and 510 blew up the English and German SCCA hegemony and established the potential of Japanese sports cars in the U.S. The 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates Nissan unveiling the 240Z at the 1969 New York Auto Show. It does so with an appearance package that recalls the SCCA National Championship years in the #46 BRE 240Z.
The commemorative coupe starts with the Sport trim and comes in either a white base coat with red accents, or a silver coat with black accents. The accent color goes on the hood, trunk, A-pillars, and side mirrors, and an accent stripe runs the length of the coupe to terminate in a triangle just behind the side glass. That triangle is "inspired by the C-pillar of the Datsun 240Z." The package sits on special 19-inch wheels with red accents.
Wednesday marks the twenty-fourth anniversary of the sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system by the Aum Shinrikyo cult. Bereaved families of the victims mourned at one of the stations targeted.
Members of the cult released the toxic substance inside rush-hour subway trains in central Tokyo on March 20, 1995. Thirteen people died and about 6,300 others were injured.