PHOTOS: Mazda’s Extreme Lightweight Miata Concepts

Nov 13, 2015

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Mazda revealed two design concepts last week based on its 2016 MX-5 Miata. The MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster concepts demonstrate two vastly different takes on lightweight, open-air performance, according to the company.

Lightweight. Fun-to-drive. Roadster. Those three tenets have served as the foundation for the Mazda MX-5 Miata since its 1989 introduction and continue to serve the new fourth-generation model, according to the company. Focused, lightweight engineering is a guiding principle of every Mazda vehicle today. But what if that sense of lightweight performance were taken to the extreme?

The results, according to Mazda, would be the MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster concepts.

MX-5 Spyder

MX-5 Spyder is a sophisticated interpretation of the classic vintage roadster, which is designed to accentuate the open-air experience, according to Mazda. Its bikini top was developed by American Sunroof Corp. (ASI) with the fabric supplied by Haartz.

Other highlights include its specially formulated Mercury Silver paint color, carbon fiber aero kit, grille intake and body tonneau cover and lightweight Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II 17-inch wheels. Its interior is adorned in Spinneybeck “PRIMA” natural leather, lending a sense of vintage motoring from behind the wheel.

  • Engine: SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT
  • Brakes: Front Brembo four-piston calipers with vented rotors
  • Shocks Springs: Adjustable coil-overs
  • Weight: 2,301 pounds

MX-5 Speedster

MX-5 Speedster pares the roadster back to the essentials for an unadulterated, wind-in-the-hair driving experience, evocative of the open-top sports cars of the 1950s-even going to far as to eschew a windshield for a deflector. In the same vein, the utter dedication toward creating such a focused machine led the design staff to build the Speedster with custom 16-inch RAYS Extreme Gram Lights wheels, benefitting MX-5 with less unsprung weight. MX-5 Speedster finished in a new concept color called Blue Ether.

Other details on MX-5 Speedster include an adjustable coilover suspension, which lowers it by 30mm compared with the production-car specifications, a Racing Beat center-mount exhaust, an interior re-trimmed in Alcantara, carbon fiber Mu-Len Delta seats created exclusively for MX-5 and carbon fiber doors. In all, the lighter-weight materials have helped contribute to a weight loss of more than 250 pounds.

  • Engine: SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT
  • Brakes: Front Brembo four-piston calipers with vented rotors
  • Shocks Springs: K&W adjustable coilover suspension<
  • Weight: 2,080 pound