Mazda has recently introduced a new ‘Special Edition' MX-5 soft-top model to its product line-up this summer, finished in a patriotic choice of red, white or blue paint - in celebration of its status as ‘Britain's favorite sports car brand'. Mazda has delivered one in every four sports cars sold in the UK this year. The aptly named ‘Mazda MX-5 Icon' is the latest edition of the world's best-selling roadster and is specially designed to appeal to British drivers looking to purchase their very first soft-top roadster this summer. A true sports car, the rear-wheel drive MX-5 delivers unrivalled handling, driving dynamics and wind-in-the-hair motoring. The Mazda MX-5 Icon is available in two versions - the ‘entry-level' 1.8i Icon features a 126ps engine and a five-speed transmission and is priced at ￡16,825 on-the-road. Customers in search of higher performance can choose the 2.0i Icon powered by a 160ps engine, costing ￡17,825. Both Icon models offer great value with up to ￡1,500 worth of additional extras. Special features of the Icon include climate control air-conditioning, Icon-branded black Medici leather seats and unique Icon-branded luxury interior mats. Exterior features include Icon badging and chrome style bar trims and the cars can be ordered in one of three exterior colours - Copper Red Mica, unique Marble White (solid) and Stormy Blue Mica. With its irresistible combination of a uniquely sporty rear wheel drive, wind-in-the-hair experience, high specification and excellent value, the Mazda MX-5 Icon is certainly another hit in the making. Aside from the special Icon features, Mazda, maker of top of the line Mazda window regulator, also gave generous standard equipment to the MX-5 to make any car owner truly happy: leather wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake, six-speaker audio system, electric windows, premium black cloth soft-top, 16-inch alloy wheels, twin chrome exhaust tail pipes and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. Not to mention that Icon owners will also enjoy a degree of exclusivity as production of this latest Mazda MX-5 model will be limited. Only 875 examples of the MX-5 1.8i Icon and 375 units of the MX-5 2.0i Icon will be available in the UK. Despite all of the additional specification, both Mazda MX-5 Icon special editions remain in the same insurance groups as their standard counterparts - 11E (1.8i) and 13E (2.0i). Mazda MX-5 is considered rightful competitor to the likes of other open-top cars like the Mini Convertible, Vauxhall Tigra and Peugeot 207CC - all non-sports car segment vehicles.
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