Revealed: Mazda MX-5 Arctic Edition

Revealed: Mazda MX-5 Arctic Edition
Revealed: Mazda MX-5 Arctic Edition

Silvery special reappears 11 years after the last one

Through the long and illustrious history of the MX-5, Mazda has never been shy about pumping out limited-run editions. We won’t criticise them for that because, unlike some decidedly un-special special editions, MX-5 ones are worth having as they generally add value come resale time.

The amount they add depends on which one it is, of course. The Arctic editions have traditionally done pretty well as they’ve usually had decent upgrades to major components like the sound system.

The last Arctic MX-5 was the Mk 2 of 2005. The problem for Mazda is that modern cars are so well equipped, it’s tough to make a big distinction with special editions. So the launch of an Arctic version of the latest MX-5 is a bit more interesting than you might think.

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This new one is based on the 1.5-litre SE-L Nav spec, and adds heated leather seats, automatic lights and wipers and rear parking sensors to the standard kit.

Naturally it gets the metallic blue paint that the old Arctic MX-5 had. Extra differentiators include silver roll bars, a silver screen surround and silver wing mirrors, and even silver cupholder surrounds. There’s a numbered plaque too.

Will it hold its value? With only 400 Arctics soft-tops being made (no RF hard-tops on the Arctic horizon yet), we reckon so. That compares to 600 Icons and 500 RF Launch edition cars already built.

Arctics arriving in British showrooms – and nowhere else – in February, priced at £20,995. That’s £800 on top of the standard MX-5 SE-L.

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