Mazda will limit the special edition's production to 600 units

After its introduction, the Mazda MX-5 Miata quickly became an icon among modern sports cars because the little roadster gave drivers an affordable way to have a lot of fun behind the wheel. Customers responded to that intoxicating combination by buying a million of them. At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Mazda will celebrate the model’s success by unveiling the Miata Icon special edition. It'll offer buyers a way to get a more style from the droptop without breaking the bank.

Customers can order the Icon in Meteor Grey Mica or Crystal White Pearlescent, and the convertibles gets an extra design flourish from Soul Red Metallic parts for the mirrors, rear spoiler, and front splitter. The crimson color is also on a decal down each side, but the cars in these photos don’t wear it. A set of 16-inch gunmetal wheels is a perfect finisher to the exterior upgrades. Inside, occupants sit in black leather seats. Buyers get extra standard tech, too, including rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlights. Power comes from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 129 horsepower.

Mazda will limit the Icon’s production to just 600 units, and they’ll only be available in the United Kingdom. The few lucky buyers will get a great deal, though. The special edition will cost 20,995 pounds ($29,800) when sales begin August 1. However, the SE-L Nav trim, upon which Mazda bases this model, goes for 20,195 pounds ($28,700). That’s a small premium for so much extra equipment on such a fantastic roadster.

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Gallery: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Icon special edition

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  • On sale from the 1st August, the £20,995 on-the-road Icon special edition is limited to just 600 cars.
  • First special edition version of the 1.5-litre 131ps all-new Mazda MX-5.
  • Joins a host of other MX-5 highlights at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The all-new Mazda MX-5 Icon special edition will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Joining Mazda’s award-winning sports car line up from the 1st August, the Icon is based on the 131ps SE-L Nav and is the first special edition fourth-generation MX-5 with the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G engine.

With a choice of free-of-charge Meteor Grey Mica or Crystal White Pearlescent paint, the £20,995 on-the-road Icon is marked out by its contrasting design cues and enhanced standard equipment. Visually the Icon makes a bold statement with its Soul Red Metallic wing mirrors, rear spoiler, side stripe decals (not pictured) and front skirt. The unique look is further boosted by 16-inch Gunmetal alloy wheels, while the increased equipment tally also includes black leather seats, rear parking sensors, dusk-sensing lights and rain-sensing wipers.

On display at Goodwood within Mazda’s unique ‘Raise the Roof’ live music area, the Icon joins a host of other MX-5 highlights at this year’s Festival of Speed. These include the European debut of the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF, plus the first appearance outside of North America for the MX-5 Speedster and Spyder concept cars. While marking the amazing popularity of the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car, the one-millionth production MX-5 will also be on display.

The fourth car to wear the Icon badge - previous MX-5 Icon special editions were sold in the UK in 2000, 2005 and 2007 (see below) – the latest Icon is a striking sports car with an achievable price, and limited to just 600 cars it’s available to order now.  

Pre-order is also open on the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF ahead of its arrival in dealerships next year, and with limited supply in the opening months, fans of the latest incarnation of MX-5 should register their interest now to be one of the lucky few to take delivery of early versions of the Retractable Fastback, a car that represents the next chapter in the MX-5 success story.

“We are delighted that UK MX-5 fans will get to see both the Icon special edition and the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF at the Goodwood Festival of Speed”, commented Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director of Mazda Motors UK. Adding, “with over 120,000 sales since its launch in 1990, the UK has played a huge part in the MX-5 success story and the Icon follows a long tradition of special edition MX-5s that allow customers to have a stand out vehicle which is truly affordable. And I’m really excited about the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF, this is a car that offers something new and I’m sure it will attract even more people to the MX-5 family, which is why I’d encourage anyone interest in the RF to pre-order early, as based on dealer feedback after its launch at the New York Motor Show, we envisage that demand will outstrip supply when the car goes on sale next year.”

With the Moving Motor Show on the 23rd June, the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from the 24thto the 26th June.

Mazda MX-5 Icon special editions

2000 MX-5 Icon

Number built: 750
Engine: 1.8iS
Colour: Art Vin Red Mica

2005 MX-5 Icon 

Number built: 1,563
Engine: 1.6i and 1.8i
Colours: Chilli Orange, Black Mica, Sunlight Silver and Titanium Grey

2007 MX-5 Icon 

Number built: 1,250
Engines: 1.8i and 2.0i
Colours: Copper Red, Stormy Blue and Marbie White

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