Mazda confirms the extra features that make its new, special edition, roadster stand out from the crowd.
Styling, availability and price
The Mazda MX-5 Arctic is a new, special edition, version of the manufacturer's roadster and launches February 2017 in the United Kingdom. Production is limited to 400 examples, it is based on the SE-L NAV trim and costs £20,995. The purpose of this soft-top – which is a UK only trim - is to “brighten winter days”, Mazda said.
The New, 2017, Arctic has Blue Reflex Metallic paintwork that contrasts a range of silver components. Silver enhances the: windscreen surround, mirror caps, headrest hoops, cup holders, alloy wheels and scuff plates. Such features complement a numbered special edition badge on the dashboard which emphasises its status.
Performance, fuel consumption and emissions
A 1.5-litre, 131PS, petrol engine provides power and – as is desirable on a sports car – is teamed with 6-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel-drive. This 4-cylinder power plant produces 150Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm, has 4 valves per-cylinder, propels it to 62mph in 8.3 seconds then onto a top speed of 127mph.
The petrol engine averages 47.1mpg, returns 57.6mpg on the extra-urban cycle and hit 35.8mpg in town. Carbon emissions that define the cost of road tax (excise duty) are 139g/km. In February and March 2017, this special edition can be taxed for its first year at £130. From April a new tax system raises the cost to £200, however.
The MX-5 Arctic inherits part of its equipment specification from the SE-L NAV. Shared highlights include: Bluetooth, satellite navigation, engine stop/start button, climate control, cruise control with speed limiter, steering wheel controls, tyre pressure monitor, digital stereo, daytime running lights plus LED headlamps.
It has extras, too. Heated leather seats complement the: automatic headlamps, rain-sensing windscreen wipers and rear parking sensors.
The New, 2017, Mazda MX-5 Arctic is the manufacturer's second special edition to sport the badge. This is a fact it seems keen to emphasise. Mazda is likely hinting that its MX-5 launched in Mk1 form in 1989 - and has since been in continuous production. In other words it has pedigree, history and longevity in its arsenal.
The 2005 MX-5 Arctic has a 1.6-litre or 1.8-litre petrol engine. The exterior colour is Titanium Grey or Razor Blue. Standard equipment includes: air-conditioning, heated blue leather seats, blue door inserts and its chrome detailing on the window surrounds.
Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director of Mazda Motors UK said: “We are delighted to offer another special version of the award-winning MX-5 Convertible. We’ve had a long history of producing distinctive limited edition MX-5s that allow customers to drive a sports car with stand-out looks and enhanced standard equipment”, he revealed.