The light fantastic
Mazda’s MX-5 concept car is full of surprises, writes PAUL GOVER
THE 20th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5 has thrown up something special as a celebration. The Superlight is an extreme show machine which demonstrates how much is left in the world’s favourite sports car.
The stripped-down, funked-up MX-5 does without a roof and any cabin luxuries to become a road racer well beyond the brief of the original design.
The Superlight concept comes as a complete surprise, even to the top man at Mazda Australia, and was not even built at the MX-5 centre in Japan.
Instead, it is the product of Mazda Europe, created at the company’s European design centre at Oberursel in Germany.
‘‘I have to admit I knew nothing about it,’’ Mazda Australia managing director Doug Dickson says. ‘‘But it looks like a fantastic little car. I’d have one in my driveway tomorrow.’’
Unfortunately, that’s unlikely because the body modifications mean the MX-5 Superlight would not comply with the Australian Design Rules that apply to all cars sold here.
The Superlight will be unveiled next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, when Mazda will reveal the changes which it says have made big improvements to performance, handling, fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
Dickson believes there is no chance of the Superlight going into full-scale production.
‘‘I’d have to say if it were something Mazda was going to do globally we would have been consulted.
‘‘It’s not something we’re considering. But it looks very nice.’’