2015 SEMA Preview: Mazda teases new two Lightweight Performance MX-5 Miata models

Mazda will be showing up to the 2015 SEMA show this year in Las Vegas with two Lightweight Performance variants to the MX-5 Miata, and there’s not a chance in hell that they’d be anything but cool.

The two new flavors of Miata are called the 2016 MX-5 Spyder Concept and the MX-5 Speedster Concept, both of which are slated to be two special edition Miatas with unique roof functions to help lessen the curb weight of the world’s most famous rear-wheel drive compact roadster.

While the standard Miata itself is already a featherweight at 2,332lbs, these concepts are said to be significant lighter, thanks to less a complex roof mechanism for the Spyder, or the lack thereof for the Speedster.

Either way, the Miata is pretty much is the embodiment of compact, open-roof motoring and we can’t wait to see these concepts.

Check out the press release below.


Mazda to Showcase Lightweight Performance at SEMA with Two MX-5 Miata Concepts

– MX-5 Spyder and Speedster Concepts Bring Vintage Cues into Modern Designs –

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been an exercise in honing the concept of a lightweight sports car for more than 26 years, created solely for driving exhilaration.

But for the 2015 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Mazda designers wanted to see what they could do if that idea was taken to the extreme. What they created were two vastly different takes on the fourth-generation MX-5: The 2016 MX-5 Spyder Concept and 2016 MX-5 Speedster Concept.

MX-5 Spyder captures the character of a vintage roadster and translates it into a modern-day design, including bespoke leather interior details that were painstakingly crafted, and featuring a new Mercury Silver concept paint color.

MX-5 Speedster is a study in the extremes of lightweight, purpose-built performance, paying homage to minimalist roadsters of the 1950s. The Blue Ether-painted MX-5 Speedster is uncompromised in its approach to wind-in-the-hair driving, going so far as to eschew a traditional windshield for a lighter deflector.

Both cars are significantly lighter than the 2,332-lbs. MX-5 roadster that customers can purchase at dealers and come with a host of conceptual and aftermarket pieces and fabrication from partners including Racing Beat, Haartz Corporation, ASC – American Sunroof Corporation, Makin Industries/RAYS Wheels, KW Suspensions, Delta Seat, H&R Springs, Lusch, AC&A Manufacturing, Franks Fab Shop, Long Road Racing and SIM Specialty Interior Manufacturing.

MX-5 Spyder and Speedster concepts will be on display at the SEMA Show on November 3-6 at the in the Mazda booth, #11647 in the North Hall.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.  For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

– By: Chris Chin


Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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