2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Spyder, Speedster Concepts Shed Weight at SEMA
Cutting even more mass from the lithe roadster.
Mazda engineers worked hard to shave as much mass as possible from the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, but what if that diet regime went to an even greater extreme? At this week's SEMA show in Las Vegas, Mazda pulled the wraps off the ultra-skinny MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster concepts to show just how far the weight-loss strategy can go.
The MX-5 Spyder is the tamer of the two show cars, designed to look like a vintage roadster with a new tan bikini top designed by American Sunroof Corporation. New carbon-fiber aerodynamic parts, a center-exit exhaust, an adjustable coilover suspension, and Yokohama Advan Racing 17-inch wheels are also fitted. For the full vintage-car treatment, the Spyder also scores new leather upholstery and Mercury Silver paint with a number decal on its doors. The car's weight is a claimed 2,301 lb.
When developing the MX-5 Speedster concept, Mazda engineers went even crazier. They removed the windshield and roof from a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, leaving a small air deflector and roll hoops as the only nods to driver comfort and convenience. To further shed weight, the car wears lightweight Rays Extreme Gram Lights 16-inch wheels, carbon-fiber seats trimmed in Alcantara, carbon-fiber door panels, and a lightweight Racing Beat center-exit exhaust. Along with a K&W adjustable coilover suspension that lowers the car by 1.2 inches, curb weight drops to an incredible 2,080 lb -- a whole 252 lb lighter than a standard 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Although these models are not currently slated for showrooms, rest assured that devoted Miata tuners will almost certainly draw inspiration from these concepts in modifying their own roadsters.