Mazda is showcasing two new MX-5 Miata concepts at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The concepts, based on the 2016 MX-5, are the MX-5 Spyder and the MX-5 Speedster, both aimed towards the core of the lightweight, open-air basis of the Miata.
Mazda’s design team in North America went with two ideas. One aimed towards a more reminiscent tuner’s dream, the other towards pure sport focus. Both are based on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata unveiled last year and now in showrooms.
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The Spyder concept is a more throwback look at the Miata’s quarter century of heritage, including a bikini top and improved aerodynamics in tribute to the car’s rich racing history. Carbon fiber aero additions, a new grille intake, and Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II 17-inch wheels are showcased. Inside, Spinneybeck PRIMA natural leather is the highlighted upgrade. This is meant to showcase a nostalgic, but higher-end Miata, reminding onlookers of the heights the car has been taken to, in terms of luxury and power, by tuners in the past.
The MX-5 Speedster, on the other hand, is all business. This is a truly race-ready Miata that takes "back to basics" to a whole new level. It’s reminiscent of the roadsters of the 1950s, dumping everything non-essential in the name of lightweight open-top speed.
The Miata’s windshield is gone, being replaced by an old-school deflector. Custom lightweight wheels from Extreme Gram, an adjustable coilover suspension (30mm lower), a center-mounted exhaust from Racing Beat, and an Alcantara interior finish the job. That leather covers carbon fiber Mu-Len-Delta seats.
Several other parts of the car have been replaced with carbon fiber as well, including the doors. In all, the MX-5 Speedster dropped an impressive 250 lb (113 kg) from its production counterpart.
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