Mazda prepares MX-5 Miata Speedster, Spyder concepts for 2015 SEMA Show

Article by Christian A., on November 2, 2015

Mazda’s designers have created two different versions of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata for the 2015 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Both models -- MY2016 MX-5 Spyder Concept and MY2016 MX-5 Speedster Concept – are personifications of what designers think are the best things for the popular lightweight sports cars.

Both MX-5 Miata concepts are substantially lighter than the typical MX-5 roadster, which weighs around 2,332 lbs. First off, the 2016 MX-5 Spyder Concept blends the personality of a vintage roadster and the design of a modern car.

Donning a new Mercury Silver concept paint color, the 2016 MX-5 Spyder Concept features bespoke leather interior details. On the other hand, the 2016 MX-5 Speedster integrates a much-wanted performance into a lightweight sports car, as inspired by the minimalist roadsters of the 1950s.

Wrapped in Blue Ether, the MX-5 Speedster takes open-air driving to how drivers want it to be, even getting rid of the traditional windshield and preferring a lighter deflector.

Both the MY2016 MX-5 Spyder Concept and MY2016 MX-5 Speedster Concept can be further personalized and upgraded with an array of conceptual and aftermarket parts and accessories from Mazda’s partners: AC&A Manufacturing, ASC – American Sunroof Corporation, Delta Seat, Franks Fab Shop, H&R Springs, Haartz Corporation, KW Suspensions, Makin Industries/RAYS Wheels, Long Road Racing, Lusch, Racing Beat, and SIM Specialty Interior Manufacturing.

SEMA Show visitors can view the MY2016 MX-5 Spyder Concept and MY2016 MX-5 Speedster Concept at the Mazda booth, #11647 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Based in Irvine, California, Mazda North American Operations is in charge of overseeing sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico. Mazda’s operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been an exercise in honing the concept of a lightweight sports car for more than 26 years, created solely for driving exhilaration.

But for the 2015 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Mazda designers wanted to see what they could do if that idea was taken to the extreme. What they created were two vastly different takes on the fourth-generation MX-5: The 2016 MX-5 Spyder Concept and 2016 MX-5 Speedster Concept.

MX-5 Spyder captures the character of a vintage roadster and translates it into a modern-day design, including bespoke leather interior details that were painstakingly crafted, and featuring a new Mercury Silver concept paint color.

MX-5 Speedster is a study in the extremes of lightweight, purpose-built performance, paying homage to minimalist roadsters of the 1950s. The Blue Ether-painted MX-5 Speedster is uncompromised in its approach to wind-in-the-hair driving, going so far as to eschew a traditional windshield for a lighter deflector.

Both cars are significantly lighter than the 2,332-lbs. MX-5 roadster that customers can purchase at dealers and come with a host of conceptual and aftermarket pieces and fabrication from partners including Racing Beat, Haartz Corporation, ASC – American Sunroof Corporation, Makin Industries/RAYS Wheels, KW Suspensions, Delta Seat, H&R Springs, Lusch, AC&A Manufacturing, Franks Fab Shop, Long Road Racing and SIM Specialty Interior Manufacturing.

MX-5 Spyder and Speedster concepts will be on display at the SEMA Show on November 3-6 at the in the Mazda booth, #11647 in the North Hall.

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