Mazda has unveiled the fourth generation MX-5 Miata-based Mazda MX-5 Spyder concept and Mazda MX-5 Speedster concept at the 2015 SEMA Show. The company says that these concepts represent the extreme sense of lightweight performance while nodding to the vintage roadsters of yore.
The Mazda MX-5 Spyder concept is a sophisticated interpretation of the vintage roadster designed to accentuate the open air experience. The body is finished in mercury silver paint adding carbon fiber aero kit, grille intake, body tonneau cover and Yokohama 17-inch wheels. The interior is covered in Spinneyback “Prima” natural leather. Powering this concept, is the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with VVT, though power figures have not been disclosed. The body sits on adjustable coilover suspension and retardation duties are handled by Brembo brakes with four piston calipers chewing on vented rotors at the front. The overall weight of the Spyder is just 2,301 lbs (1,044 kg).
The Mazda MX-5 Speedster on the other hand, tries to bring back the unadulterated wind-in-the-hair experience that was the hallmark of open-top sports cars of the 1950s. The eye-catching feature is the absence of a windshield altogether which has been replaced by a wind deflector. The body is coated in a unique blue ether color and is fitted with Rays 16-inch light wheels. K&W adjustable coilover suspension lowers the height by 30 mm, giving the concept a lower and sportier stance.
The interior is retrimmed in Alcantara and carbon fiber and features exclusive Mu-Len Delta carbon fiber seats as well as carbon fiber doors. Thanks to the use of lightweight materials, the MX-5 Speedster concept is 250 lbs (113 kg) lighter and weighs just 2,080 lbs (943 kg). Power is sourced from the same unit under the hood of the MX-5 Spyder concept.
Sharing his thoughts about the two concepts, Ken Saward, Design Manager, Mazda North American Operations, said: “Both MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster are uncompromising designs that highlight the core strengths of MX-5. 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.”