Mazda MX-5 Superlight revealed ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

Mazda is celebrating two decades of success of the MX-5 roadster by unveiling a Superlight version of the famed vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Featuring a lightweight character, the MX-5 Superlight version takes enjoyable driving and fuel efficiency to a whole new level.

MX-5 Superlight version proves that for Mazda, less could mean more. Derived from the third-generation production MX-5, the new MX-5 Superlight version represents a drastic evolution of the tried and tested MX-5 formula – getting rid of everything aside from the essentials for pure thrilling driving fun.

Created by Mazda’s European design team, the MX-5 Superlight version boasts of better handling and improved fuel economy while strengthening the bond between the driver and the car. The MX-5 Superlight version features a design that pays tribute to its predecessor while giving us a hint of what the future may bring.

Featuring an exterior design that gets rid of the windshield, the MX-5 Superlight version concept is powered by a MZR 1.8-liter petrol engine complemented by sporty chassis settings. Also showcased beside the MX-5 Superlight version at Mazda's stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show is the facelifted iteration of the Mazda CX-7 sport crossover.

Featuring a revised design that lends the crossover a more premium Mazda character both inside and out, Mazda CX-7 boasts of a number technological elements that make it enjoyable to drive.

It could be availed with the next-generation MZR-CD 2.2-liter turbo diesel common-rail engine – with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system -- that develops 173 PS of peak output and 400 Nm of maximum torque while consuming an average of 7.5 liters of fuel per 100 km and emitting 199 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

It is now sitting on an updated chassis with a stiffer body and new dampers – resulting to improved handling and steering. Moreover, the new Mazda CX-7 is available with the carmaker's torque-split All-wheel Drive (AWD) system that ensures excellent traction in all on-road situations.

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