The Arctic edition gets a free upgrade to Mazda’s metallic blue paint, with silver highlights across the exterior, such as silver roll bars, windscreen surround and wing mirrors, as well as interior trim like silver cupholder surrounds. It's available only as a soft-top currently, and is unlikely to be extended to the MX-5 RF.
Each Arctic edition MX-5 gets its own numbered plaque on the interior. Like the MX-5 Icon, which was launched earlier this year, Arctic edition cars are based on the 1.5-litre SE-L Nav, but equipment is upgraded to include heated leather seats, automatic lights and wipers and rear parking sensors as standard.
It’s the third special-edition MX-5 since the model launched in 2015, following the 600-unit Icon special edition and the 500-unit MX-5 RF Launch edition. It’s also the first time Mazda has used the Arctic edition name since the second-generation MX-5 in 2005. The Arctic edition MX-5 will only be available in the UK.
The MX-5 Arctic edition lands in UK showrooms during February 2017, with a Mazda spokesman claiming the model will provide dealers with a boost in the lead up to the peak registration months, when the '17' number plate arrives. It’ll set you back £20,995 - £800 more than the standard MX-5 SE-L.