New Arctic Limited Edition

Mazda has resurrected an old special edition version of  our favourite sports car, which will be limited to just 400 examples in the UK when it goes on sale in February 2017. Called the MX5 Arctic, the car revisits a special edition version of the second generation MX5 released in 2005. Like that car it offers additional equipment and exclusive design tweaks.

It’s based on the 1.5-litre, 129bhp SE-L Nav model, meaning 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 127mph. Each car is finished in Blue Reflex metallic paint, and wears contrasting silver detailing – the 16-inch alloy wheels, windscreen surround, wing mirrors and headrest hoops are all finished silver to look crisp and icy. In the cabin, the Arctic package does more of the same. The cup holder rings are finished in silver, while the car also gains chromed scuff plates.

Additional equipment is thrown in as expected. It gets heated leather seats, automatic headlamps, rain sensing windscreen wipers plus rear parking sensors. These extras are lumped on top of the standard equipment you’ll get on the SE-L Nav model it’s based on, including a seven-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with built in satellite navigation, cruise control, climate control plus a start-stop button.

The MX5 Arctic will be priced from £20,995 – slightly more than the price of the car it’s based on, but the additional equipment more than makes up the price. I had a good look at the Arctic LE yesterday and it is very pretty, unfortunately it is not available with the 2 litre engine. The new MX5 looks much better in lighter colours, Mazda should listen to their customers and move away from their drab palate.

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