The Brits are getting yet another special and limited version of the Mazda MX-5. This one’s called the Sport Graphite Edition, and it’s all about extra features and equipment. Performance-wise, there is no difference between this and the normal models. The Graphite comes only in hardtop roadster form, and it is limited to 500 units.
You can have the Sport Graphite Edition MX-5 with the 126 PS 1.8-litre engine or the 160 PS 2.0-litre unit.
What sets these models apart, visually, is the choice of colors – including Aquatic Blue Mica, Zeal Red Mica or Aluminium Silver Metallic – with a contrasting ‘Meteor Grey’ retractable hard top roof. Other exclusive features include 17-inch dark gunmetal alloy wheels, black leather heated seats with unique grey stitching, 5.8-inch TomTom navigation system with integrated Bluetooth, glossy dark grey fashion bars, and limited edition badges.
As for the interior, you get unique grey stitching on the leather steering wheel and handbrake, glossy dark grey steering wheel spokes and dashboard panel,an alloy pedal set; and optional MX-5 floor mats with unique grey piping.
Then there is the long list of standard equipment, which includes: stainless steel scuff plates, body-coloured door handles, side, driver and passenger airbags, CD radio with Auxiliary jack and six speakers, electric windows, electric adjustable mirrors with heating function and climate control air-conditioning.
These are all extra garnish. With the MX-5 all that matters is the joy of driving, and that is take care of with the addition of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS) – the 2.0 liter models also get a limited-slip diff. But when you realize that you can have the nice drive and all these goodies for just £20,995, why shouldn’t you.