The Lightweight Mazda 2016 MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster Concepts Hog the SEMA Spotlight

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From www.justluxe.com, by Mila Pantovich
The Lightweight Mazda 2016 MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster Concepts Hog the SEMA Spotlight

The SEMA Show in Las Vegas has officially begun, and with it comes Mazda’s super cool new concept cars, the MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster. Featuring some vintage flair, the designs are basically lighter, open-air versions of the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata. 

Mazda 2016 MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster

“Both MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster are uncompromising designs that highlight the core strengths of MX-5,” says Ken Saward, design manager, Mazda North American Operations. “The all-new 2016 MX-5 served as a blank canvas for our design team to create some truly one-of-a-kind cars, yet our SEMA concepts remain true to more than 25 years of MX-5 heritage.”

Mazda 2016 MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster

The core strengths Saward speaks of are the company’s three tenets: lightweight, fun-to-drive, and roadster. Mazda has been creating based off of these principles since first introducing the Miata in 1989 and these two new concepts are no different. 

Mazda 2016 MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster

Drawing from vintage roadsters, the 2,301-pound MX-5 Spyder boasts a “specially-formulated Mercury Silver paint color, carbon fiber aero kit, grille intake and body toneau cover and lightweight Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II 17-inch wheels.” 

Mazda 2016 MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster

The open-top, 2,080-pound Speedster was inspired by 1950's models, skipping the windshield and adding a deflector. It also has “adjustable coilover suspension, which lowers it by 30mm compared with the production-car specifications, a Racing Beat center-mount exhaust, an interior retrimmed in Alcantara, carbon fiber Mu-Len Delta seats created exclusively for MX-5 and carbon fiber doors.”

Now for the bad news. Since these concepts were created for SEMA, they won’t be put into production.