2009 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW: Mazda MX 5 Superlight version

Proving that a Mazda MX-5 Miata really can look bad-ass, the literally named Superlight version was built to celebrate the roadster’s twentieth birthday.

With this concept version of Mazda’s familiar roadster, the goal was to bring the car’s weight down under 1000 kg (2204 lbs), and to get there, the team of designers was ruthless in tossing things out, such as the windshield. And the top. Plus a whole lot of other stuff, including the wipers, the air-conditioning, all carpets and sound deadening, the outer door handles, the side windows and their tracks and winders. They did add some items, such as fixed rollover bars, farings behind the headrests, four-point seatbelts, perforated brake discs with four-piston calipers, and a lowered suspension.

The show car makes a pretty bold statement, but obviously the car is not going to be built. Sitting nearby on the show floor, however, was production Miata, and with its off-white paint, black interior, and black wheels, it looked pretty cool too. Plus, you wouldn’t have to wear a helmet when you drove it—unless you wanted to.

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