The two-seater market just got more desirable
MAZDA showed two very desirable Spyders at last week’s Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (Sema) Show in Las Vegas and the good news is, unlike most concept cars, these will go on sale.
The first Spyder is what Mazda describes as a “ruthlessly efficient MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution”, while the second is “the stealth-like” MX-5 RF Kuro, based on the 2017 MX-5 RF cabriolet.
The MX-5 Speedster is no stranger to gawkers at auto shows, having made its debut at the 2015 Sema and the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K, but Mazda’s designers in Irvine, California, have experimented to see just how much lighter they could make their project.
Led by design manager Ken Saward, the team extracted what remained underneath its dashboard and replaced its gauges with a digital display.
They swapped its Brembo front brakes with the lighter rotors and calipers from the MX-5 Sport and Grand Touring models to further the weight reduction. Its stock lead-acid battery was replaced with a Braille GreenLite G20 Lithium battery that weighs just over two kilograms. Ultimately, the design team shaved 45 kg from the MX-5 Speedster, or 15% from the original MX-5 soft top’s starting weight. Now, it weighs a scant 898 kg
“With MX-5 Speedster evolution, our goal was to further deliver the essence of what MX-5 has represented for the past 27 years — lightweight engineering and pure driving joy,” said Saward, who owns and races a Spec Miata. He said that in the future, the company might see if it can reduce the weight further.
The 2017 MX-5 RF will be going on sale early next year. Called MX-5 RF Kuro, it is a car that also adopts much of the MX-5 Global Cup technology but in a much more street-focused package.
“We wanted to give MX-5 RF Kuro a stealth look to complement its sleek profile, providing subtlety and purpose,” said Saward. “As we move our brand in a direction we call Mazda Premium, we want to embrace our longstanding motor-sport heritage and reach forward with breathtaking designs like the MX-5 RF.” Both Spyder versions of the MX-5 were built using parts that Mazda autocross and racecar drivers can buy via MazdaMotorsports.com for their MX5s. — Wheels Reporter.
Mazda, already credited with making some of the prettiest passenger cars on the road today, introduced two head-turners at last week’s Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show in Las Vegas.