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Mazda MX-5 Arctic Edition unveiled

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Limited-run icy Mazda to have upgraded tech as standard whilst offering cool new design tweaks.

A new limited edition Mazda MX-5 offers extra equipment and unique design refinements - but just for the 1.5. The limited Mazda MX-5 Arctic Edition is a resurrection of a former special edit of the MX-5 and there will be just 400 of the cars available to buy in Britain from February.

The Mazda MX-5 Arctic is a reincarnation of a special version of the second-generation MX-5 which was released in 2005. Like its older cousin, the new car offers exclusive design features and extra kit.

The foundations of the Mazda MX-5 Arctic

The car upon which the Arctic is based is the SE-L Nav model with a 1.5-litre engine producing 129bhp. It has a maximum speed of 127mph and can reach 62mph from a standing start in 8.3 seconds. Its four-cylinder engine is combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Each of the limited-edition models are finished in metallic Blue Reflex paint with contrasting silver detailing. The windscreen surrounds, headrest hoops and wing mirrors all have a silver finish, as do the 16-inch alloys. The designers are aiming for a crisp and icy appearance.

The frosty finish continues on the inside, where even the car’s cup holder rings get the silver treatment, and chromed scuff plates complete the look. When it comes to additional equipment, the line-up includes automatic headlamps, heated leather seats, rear parking sensors and rain-sensing wipers.

Buyers will also get all of the equipment that comes as standard with the SE-L Nav car. This includes a start-stop feature; an infotainment system with a colour seven-inch touchscreen and built-in sat-nav; climate control; and cruise control complete with a speed limiter. Other features include Bluetooth; a tyre pressure monitor; steering wheel controls; daytime running lights; LED headlamps; and a digital stereo.

Prices for the Mazda MX-5 Arctic special edition will start at £20,995, which is only a little over the £20,865 cost of the model upon which it is based. In real terms, the extra equipment offered with the special edition more than compensates for the increase in price.

Brightening up winter days

The special-edition soft-top, which will only be available in the UK, should ‘brighten winter days’ according to Mazda. And its special-edition status is reflected by a numbered badge on its dashboard.

When it comes to emissions, the Mazda Mx-5 Arctic averages 47.1mpg but its makers claim 57.6mpg when the extra-urban cycle is used or 35.8mph in town. Carbon emissions, meanwhile, are claimed at 139g/km, which dictates the road tax payable. For February and March next year, the special edition could be taxed at current rates of £130 for the first year. A new system of taxation which starts in April will see the cost rising to £200, however.

Mazda Motors UK’s managing director Jeremy Thomson said that the brand was ‘delighted’ to be offering another version of its award-winning convertible. He said that the firm has a long history of creating distinctive MX-5s which offer buyers sports cars with enhanced standard equipment and ‘stand-out looks’.

The history of the Mazda MX-5 roadster

The Mazda MX-5 made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989 and is said to be a spiritual successor to Britain’s sports cars seen in the 1950s and 1960s, including the MG MGA, the Lotus Elan, the Austin-Healy 100 and the Triumph Spitfire. It’s second-generation made an appearance in 1998 in readiness for the 1999 model year and 2005 saw the launch of the 2006 model. The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5, meanwhile, was launched last year for the 2016 model year.

It is the most popular two-seater convertible car of its type in history in terms of sales and more than a million MX-5s had been sold around the globe by April 2016.

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