Exploration of the features that ensure Mazda's new, Special Edition, soft-top demands attention.
Price and availability
The Mazda MX-5 Icon is a Special Edition version of the manufacturer's legendary, 2-door, roadster. It benefits from styling enhancements that help it stand out and emphasise its sporty nature. This Special Edition is the 4th Icon model since the turn of the century, 600 are available and prices start at £20,995.
Exterior styling upgrades
The Icon has Meteor Grey Mica or Crystal White Pearlescent paint, plus 16” Gunmetal wheels. Sporty, Soul Red, chequered flags ensure it cannot be mistaken for other trims and run much of its length below the doors. The front skirt, wing mirrors, and rear spoiler also have Soul Red colouring to contrast the main, exterior, paint.
The cabin incorporates black leather, heated, sports seats with red, contrast, stitches. There is also a plaque mounted to the centre of the console that “accentuates the exclusive nature of” this trim, the manufacturer explained. The optional unique floor mats – again with contrast stitching – further increase its appeal.
MZD-Connect is a infotainment system that presents information via a 7”, touchscreen, interface in the centre on the dashboard. Features fall within 5 categories: Communication, e.g. make phone calls; Entertainment, e.g. connect iPod; Navigation, e.g. satellite navigation with free European updates for 3 years; Applications, e.g. fuel economy monitor and Settings, e.g. adjust screen display.
The Mazda MX-5 Icon has further, standard-fit, equipment to emphasis that it is a capable, up-to-date, sports car. Highlights include: Bluetooth, traction control, engine stop/start button, climate control, cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors, steering wheel audio controls and a tyre pressure monitor.
Engine, performance and fuel efficiency
The MX-5 Icon is powered by a 1.5-litre, 131PS, petrol engine that sends power to the rear wheels only through 6-speed manual transmission. This combination propels it to 62mph in 8.3 seconds – so it has a pleasing turn of speed - and maximum velocity is 127mph. This power plant also produces 150Nm of torque at 4,800rpm.
Fuel efficiency is more than respectable for a sporty, thrilling, petrol-powered roadster. It averages 47.1mpg, manages 57.6mpg on the extra-urban cycle and returns 35.8mpg in town where cars tend to be least efficient. Carbon emissions are 139g/km which equates to Vehicle Excise Duty Band E/£130 per-year (at the current rates).
Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Mazda MX-5 Icon recently made its début at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It sat alongside the MX-5 RF which has a retractable, hard-top, roof that opens/closes in 12 seconds. Fans also experienced the MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster concept models.