MX-5 Icon: Topless sport special from Mazda

  • Icon special edition limited to 600 units
  • First special with 1.5-litre 98kW engine
  • On show at 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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NEW MAZDA ICON: This the latest version of the 2016 MX-5 will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed along with the millionth model made. Image: Mazda

LONDON, England – A special Icon edition of the new (2016) Mazda MX-5 will have its public debut at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed and be in showrooms there from August 1.

Whether it will reach South Africa remains to be seen as only 600 units will leave the production line. It’s based on the SE-L Nav model and is the first special edition of this the fourth-generation MX-5 to have the 1.5-litre, 98kW, SkyActiv-G engine.

It will cost the equivalent of about R450 000 in the UK and have contrasting design cues and enhanced standard equipment.

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FOURTH ICON: This is the fourth in a series of the model. The others were in 2000, 2005 and 2007. Text. Image: Mazda

“Visually,” Mazda says, “the Icon makes a bold statement with its Soul Red Metallic external mirrors, rear spoiler, sidestripe decals (not pictured) and front skirt. It also has 16″ grey alloy wheel rims, black leather uphostery, rear parking sensors and auto operation for the headlights and screen wipers.”

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Also on display at the 2016 Festival of Speed will be other MX-5 highlights: the European debut of the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF and the first appearance outside North America for the MX-5 Speedster and Spyder concept cars.

The one-millionth production MX-5 will also be on display – confirming its status as the world’s best-selling sports car.

LONG TRADITION OF SPECIAL UNITS

Jeremy Thomson, MD of Mazda Motors UK, told The Corner in a media release: “We’re delighted that MX-5 fans will get to see both the Icon special edition and the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF at Goodwood.

“The UK has played a huge part in the MX-5 success story and the Icon follows a long tradition of special-edition MX-5 units that allow customers to have a stand-out but affordable car.”

Should you happen to be in the UK, the Moving Motor Show will be on June 23, the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed over June 24-26.

Mazda MX-5 Icon special editions were also built in 2000, 2005 and 2007 to a total of 3563 units.

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MX-5 GETS EVEN PRETTIER: Could this Icon from Mazda win a global automotive beauty contest? Image: Mazda
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