Car Enthusiast - click here to access the home page


 


Mazda MX-5 loses its head for SEMA concepts. Image by Mazda.

Mazda MX-5 loses its head for SEMA concepts
Mazda MX-5 Spyder and Speedster strip more weight out of roadster.
<< earlier article     later article >>

 


News homepage

Newer articles featuring 2015 Mazda MX-5

2015-11-27: Driven: Mazda MX-5 2.0

What's all this about?

Mazda has shown two lightweight versions of the MX-5 Roadster at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Hold on, lightweight? Isn't the MX-5 pretty slim as it is?

Indeed so. The 1.5-litre model clocks in at just 975kg and the 160hp 2.0-litre, on which these two concepts are based, is claimed to tip the scales at 1,075kg.

So explain the one with a roof on it to me first.

The MX-5 Spyder is finished in Mercury Silver paint and its signature feature is a 'bikini top', designed to keep the elements off occupants, but to be even more simple than the folding manual roof of the road-going model. It also features a carbon fibre aero kit, an extra grille intake, a full-grain leather Spinneybeck Prima interior and some gorgeous, light (of course) 17-inch Yokohama Advan Racing RS II wheels clad in rubber from the same company.

And that mad blue one?

That's the Speedster, which does away with either a roof or a windscreen to absolutely maximise open-top motoring fun; you'd get plenty of flies in your teeth driving it, that's for sure. Even the doors and the seats are made of carbon fibre, while K&W coilover springs and dampers lower the car 30mm compared to the production Roadster. The final touch are those lovely 16-inch Rays 57 Extreme Gram Lights wheels and the colour, for reference, is known as Blue Ether.

Do they share any other components beyond the body panels on show and the chassis?

Not much, apart from Brembo four-pot calliper front brakes.

Will either get made?

It's highly unlikely, as the design manager for Mazda North America - Ken Saward - said they were purely built to 'show how the aftermarket can go wild on our flagship sports car while staying true to its mission'. If one was to go into production, our money would be on the Spyder ahead of the Speedster.



Matt Robinson - 9 Nov 2015



2015 Mazda MX-5 Speedster. Image by Mazda.2015 Mazda MX-5 Speedster. Image by Mazda.2015 Mazda MX-5 Speedster. Image by Mazda.  








www.mazda.co.uk    - Mazda road tests
- Mazda news
- MX-5 images






Updated Audi RS Q8 gets ‘performance’ model. Image by Audi.
Audi unveils 2025 RS Q8
Up to 640hp and lots of design options mark out the new Audi RS Q8.
 
Genesis confirms production of high-performance Magma models. Image by Genesis.
Genesis confirms Magma performance models
The ‘hot’ versions of Genesis’ saloons and SUVs will kick off with the new GV60 Magma electric SUV.
New BMW X3 topped by 398hp M50. Image by BMW.
BMW reveals all-new Mk4 X3
BMW has taken the wraps off its fourth-generation X3 SUV.

 
 215 Racing
 9ff
 A. Kahn Design
 Abarth
 Abt
 AC Cars
 AC Schnitzer
 Acura
 Aehra
 AIM
 Alfa Romeo
 Alpina
 Alpine
 Amari
 APS Sportec
 Arash
 Arden
 Ares
 Ariel
 Arrinera
 Artega
 Ascari
 Aston Martin
 Atalanta
 Atomik
 Audi
 Austin
 Auto Union
 Autodelta
 Autofarm
 Autosport
 AVA
 Avatar
 Axon
 Aznom
 BAC
 BAIC
 Bentley
 Bertone
 Bizzarrini
 Bloodhound
 Bluebird
 BMW
 Bosch
 Bowler
 Brabham
 Brabus
 Breckland
 Bridgestone
 Brilliance
 Bristol
 Bugatti
 Buick
 Burton
 BYD
 Cadillac
 Callaway
 Callum
 Caparo
 Capstone
 Carlsson
 Caterham
 CCG
 Chang'an
 Changfeng
 Chevrolet
 Chevron
 Chongfeng
 Chrysler
 Citroen
 Climax
 Connaught
 Cooper Tires
 Corvette
 Cummins
 Cupra
 Dacia
 Daewoo
 Daihatsu
 Daimler
 Dartz
 Datsun
 David Brown
 David Brown Automotive
 DDR
 De Tomaso
 Delta
 Detroit Electric
 Devon
 Dodge
 Donkervoort
 Drayson
 DS
 Eagle
 Eagle E-type
 EDAG
 edo competition
 Eterniti
 Everrati
 Evisol
 Exagon
 FAB Design

 
 Factory Five
 Faralli & Mazzanti
 Fenix
 Fenomenon
 Ferrari
 Fiat
 Fisker
 Ford
 G-Power
 Geely
 Gemballa
 General Motors
 Genesis
 Ginetta
 Giugiaro
 Glickenhaus
 GMC
 Goodwood
 Google
 Gordon Murray
 Gordon Murray Automotive
 Gordon Murray Design
 Gray Design
 Great Wall
 GTA
 GTM
 Gumpert
 Hamann
 Hartge
 HBH
 Heffner Performance
 Hennessey
 HERE
 HiPhi
 Holden
 Honda
 Hulme
 Hummer
 Hyundai
 I.D.E.A
 Icona
 IFR
 Infiniti
 Ionity
 Isis
 JAC
 Jaguar
 Jeep
 Jensen
 Jetstream
 JJAD
 Joss Developments
 Kahn
 Kamala
 Keating
 Kia
 Koenigsegg
 KTM
 Kumho
 Lada
 Lagonda
 Lamborghini
 Lancia
 Land Rover
 Lexus
 Liberty
 Lightning
 Lincoln
 Lister
 Loma Performance
 Lorinser
 Lotus
 LupiniPower
 Luxgen
 Mahindra
 Mansory
 Maserati
 Mastretta
 Maybach
 Mazda
 McLaren
 Mercedes
 Mercedes-AMG
 Mercedes-Benz
 Mercedes-Maybach
 Mercury
 Metrocab
 MG
 Michelin
 MINI
 Mitsubishi
 MMI
 Monte Carlo
 Mopar
 Morgan
 Mosler
 MTM
 Munro
 NAC MG
 Nichols Cars
 Nissan
 NLV

 
 Noble
 Novitec
 Opel
 Overfinch
 Pagani
 Perodua
 Peugeot
 Piaggio
 Pininfarina
 Polestar
 Pontiac
 Porsche
 Praga
 Preview
 Prodrive
 Project Runningblade
 Project Velocity
 Proton
 Protoscar
 Qoros
 Radical
 Range Rover
 Red Bull
 Renault
 Reva
 Rimac
 Rinspeed
 RoadRazer
 Rolls-Royce
 Ronn Motor Company
 Rover
 RUF
 Saab
 SAIC
 Saleen
 Saturn
 Scagliarini
 SCG
 Scion
 SDR Sportscars
 SEAT
 Sin
 Singer
 Skoda
 Smart
 Soleil
 Spada
 speedArt
 Sportec
 Spyker
 SRT
 Ssangyong
 SSC
 Startech
 STaSIS
 Subaru
 Suzuki
 Suzusho
 TAD
 Tamiya
 Tata
 Techart
 Tesla
 The Little Car Company
 THINK
 Thunder Power
 Tojeiro
 Tommy Kaira
 TomTom
 Toray
 Toyota
 Trabant
 TranStar
 Trident
 Tushek
 TVR
 TWR
 UKCOTY
 Vanda Electrics
 Vauxhall
 Velozzi
 Vencer
 Venturi
 Veritas
 Vizualtech
 VL Automotive
 Volkswagen
 Volvo
 VUHL
 WCA
 WCotY
 Webasto
 Westfield
 Wiesmann
 Xenatec
 Yamaha
 Zagato
 Zarooq
 Zeekr
 Zenos
 Zenvo



 
 






External links:   | Irish Car Market News |

Internal links:   | Home | Privacy | Contact us | Archives | Old motor show reports | Follow Car Enthusiast on Twitter | Copyright 1999-2024 ©