Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Soul Red and Snowflake White are the new black

STAND by to be a tad confused. Do you find that a way of life these

STAND by to be a tad confused. Do you find that a way of life these days? No worries, we all have our senior moments.

But if someone offered you a car with the title “Sport Black” you might expect it to be, well, black in colour.

But the excellent Mazda3 Sport Black, which — says Mazda — offers “sporty styling enhancements and extra equipment”, also comes in two free-of-charge paint colours: Soul Red Metallic and Snowflake White Pearlescent.

Well, now you know. It’s all to do with perception and styling and, er, well, selling cars. After all, not so long ago, some wag in the motoring universe deemed white the new black. Most of us haven’t looked back since. So I have been driving a Soul Red Metallic Mazda3 and apart from looking more stylish — that actually is the right word for this car — it’s also comfortable, compact and easy to handle.

It is powered by a SKYACTIV-G petrol engine with six-speed manual gearbox.

Offered exclusively as a hatchback, the £20,995 Sport Black stands out in the model range because it has enhanced styling and unique 18-inch Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels.

Designed to complement the lines and proportions of the Mazda3, the Brilliant Black Sports Styling Kit contrasts perfectly with both the free-of-charge Soul Red Metallic and Snowflake White Pearlescent paint choices.

The Brilliant Black front splitter, side skirts, rear bumper treatment and roof spoiler add a sporty edge to the Mazda3’s stated KODO: Soul of Motion design, with Brilliant Black door mirrors and Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels.

Limited to just 800 examples in the UK, the Mazda3 Sport Black’s interior features black half leather/ half suede seats, while standard equipment includes bespoke carpet mats, BOSE surround-sound system, reversing camera, smart keyless entry, cruise control and dual-zone climate control.

Fitted with Mazda’s MZD-Connect system, seven-inch colour touchscreen display and Multimedia Commander, the Sport Black benefits from integrated navigation as standard.

Peter Allibon, Mazda’s UK sales director, said: “The Mazda3 is a core model in our line-up, one that continues to be popular with both private and fleet customers.

“I’m sure the Mazda3 Sport Black’s winning combination of extra equipment, distinctive styling enhancements and competitive price will make this a very popular addition to the already extensive Mazda3 range.”

Mazda3 Sport Black Fact File:

• 0-62mph: 8.9 seconds

• Top speed: 121 mph

• Combined fuel  consumption: 55.4mpg

• CO2 emissions: 119 g/km

Standard equipment includes:

• 18in Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels

• Sports aero kit (Brilliant Black front, side and rear airdam skirts)

• Brilliant Black sports rear roof spoiler

• Heated, power-folding, Brilliant Black door mirrors with integrated indicator lights

• Bi-Xenon headlights with automatic light sensor

• LED signature rear lights

• LED Front fog lights

• Rear privacy glass

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