Mazda reveals MX-5 Arctic special edition for 2017

New limited edition MX-5 gets exclusive design tweaks and plush additional equipment, but only for the 1.5-litre model.

Mazda has resurrected an old special edition version of its MX-5 sports car, which will be limited to just 400 examples in the UK when it goes on sale in February 2017.

Called the Mazda MX-5 Arctic, the car revisits a special edition version of the second generation MX-5 released in 2005, and like that car it offers additional equipment and exclusive design tweaks.

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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. It’s supposed 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 a set of rear parking sensors. These additions 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 MX-5 Arctic will be priced from £20,995 – slightly more than the £20,865 on the road price of the car it’s based on, but the additional equipment more than makes up the price.

Will the MX-5 Arctic be the one to buy? Or is the more powerful 2.0-litre still too tempting? Let us know below...

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