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Mazda goes lightweight at SEMA with two Miata concepts

Mazda goes lightweight at SEMA...
The Mazda MX-5 Speedster, at left, and Spyder, at right
The Mazda MX-5 Speedster, at left, and Spyder, at right
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The Mazda MX-5 Speedster, at left, and Spyder, at right
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The Mazda MX-5 Speedster, at left, and Spyder, at right
Details for the concept Speedster at SEMA
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Details for the concept Speedster at SEMA
The MX-5 Spyder concept is all about speed and lightweighting
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The MX-5 Spyder concept is all about speed and lightweighting
Even the windscreen on the Speedster concept has been removed, lowering weight
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Even the windscreen on the Speedster concept has been removed, lowering weight
The Spyder concept is all about luxury and sport, with a nostalgic throwback to the heritage of the Miata
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The Spyder concept is all about luxury and sport, with a nostalgic throwback to the heritage of the Miata
The doors on the Spyder concept are carbon fiber, as are many other parts in order to reduce weight
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The doors on the Spyder concept are carbon fiber, as are many other parts in order to reduce weight
The luxury top of the Speedster concept matches the beautiful leather inside
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The luxury top of the Speedster concept matches the beautiful leather inside
Although nostalgic, the grace of the MX-5 Speedster concept is obvious
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Although nostalgic, the grace of the MX-5 Speedster concept is obvious
Harkening back to the luxurious tuning seen in the aftermarket for the Miata of old, this Speedster concept is a showcase of what can be done
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Harkening back to the luxurious tuning seen in the aftermarket for the Miata of old, this Speedster concept is a showcase of what can be done
Concept-specific paint is also being shown on this Speedster concept
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Concept-specific paint is also being shown on this Speedster concept
Specially designed leather adorns the Speedster's interior
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Specially designed leather adorns the Speedster's interior
Luxury has a whole new meaning in a Miata
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Luxury has a whole new meaning in a Miata
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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.

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.

Although nostalgic, the grace of the MX-5 Speedster concept is obvious
Although nostalgic, the grace of the MX-5 Speedster concept is obvious

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 doors on the Spyder concept are carbon fiber, as are many other parts in order to reduce weight
The doors on the Spyder concept are carbon fiber, as are many other parts in order to reduce weight

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.

Source: Mazda

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3 comments
MarylandUSA
"Mazda goes lightweight" says the headline. It weighs 250 pounds less than the 2016 production MX-5, says the text.
But we're not told how much the 2016 production MX-5 weighs.
So how much, exactly, does the concept MX-5 weigh?
Aaron Turpen
Curb weight for the 2016 MX-5 is 2,332 lbs or 2,381 lbs, depending on transmission choice.
Martin Hone
Pure sport focus...yet no mention of power/torque