• Aug 5, 2009
Mazda MX-5 Miata Superlight Concept -- Click above for high-res image gallery

A few days ago, Mazda announced a special-edition MX-5 Miata in Crystal White Pearl Mica to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the car that restored the roadster. They should have been making a splash about this car instead, a concept MX-5 Superlight speedster that is due in Frankfurt next month.

Mazda has only let a couple of beans spill about the car: it's extra light weight improves handling, fuel economy, and CO2 emissions. That's all we know. But we can guess that a Miata that's missing a windshield, door handles, roof, and any interior comforts beyond seats would be a racer's dream.

Oh, but do notice that while there's no radio or speakers, the car does include a curved center console that supports the increasingly common iPhone. We'll be at Frankfurt next month making a beeline for this one. In the meantime, you can check out the images below or check out the official press release after the jump.


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[Source: Mazda]

PRESS RELEASE:

Mazda 'MX-5 Superlight version' Show Car to Premiere at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

HIROSHIMA, Japan-The Mazda MX-5 Superlight version, a show car capturing the pure essence of the world's most popular roadster, will see its world premiere at the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show, which will be held from September 15 through 27, 2009.

After 20 years of global success, the Mazda MX-5 is the best-selling two-seat sports car in the world. At Frankfurt, Mazda will present a new take on its affordable roadster with an all-new show car, the Mazda MX-5 Superlight version, designed at Mazda's studio in Frankfurt, Germany. A pure show car, it takes the lightweight technology that Mazda is famous for to a new level, improving driving performance, handling, fuel economy and CO2 emissions. This is combined with a radical exterior design requiring no windshield, and sporty chassis settings for pure roadster driving fun.

The new Mazda MX-5 Superlight version will be unveiled at Mazda's press conference in Hall 3.1, Stand A7, on September15 at 12:45 local time.

* Officially titled the 63rd Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA); press days are Septemeber 15 and 16, and the public days are Septemeber 17 through 27.


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      Derek
      • 5 Years Ago
      Three things.

      1 - This concept looks great, and I'd love to take it around a track.
      2 - I think a Miata coupe would be an awesome offering here in the states. I got to autocross them a few times (always top down) at Zoom Zoom Live and was grinning ear to ear. That said, in every turn I hit hard I could feel the whole body twist.
      3 - Finally, any tall Miata owners out there? I have yet to sit in one that didn't have the top down and being 6'3" I'm not sure I'd be comfortable owning one. Just looking for some feedback.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Derek
        I am a 6'2" guy with a 32" inseam... and not a swimmer's build.

        I drive my NB miata just fine. It is a specific routine to get in or out with the top up... usually pressing the clutch pedal with your right foot as you pass your right knee under the steering wheel. The console can wear on your leg on longer drives.

        As long as the seat is all the way back, and reclined to the bulkhead (which isn't really reclined much at all anyway...) and you sit straight in the seat, (not enough leg-room when you slouch...) it is driveable, and a fun car to drive.

        It is easier if the top is down, and you don't have to duck under that.

        NC is bigger inside, if you like the car's styling and features. I don't like the new looks as well, and the interior seems like cheaper materials, but I do like the fact that the NC doesn't require a tonneau cover over the top... the top folds top-side-up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Derek
        I'm a tall Miata owner.
        The third-gen Miata would accommodate your tall frame. It's really spacious. The second-gen would be tight, and you'd probably have to modify the seat a little bit in a first gen. There are guides on the internet for cutting the foam in the seat to give you more room to squeeze in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Come on, admit it. All you "experts" out there drive Impalas or mini vans. Remember, a sports car does NOT have to be an extension of your penis to be good. There is a certain thrill in being able to drive a "slow car" fast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should make a version with integrated roll bars that protect people taller than 5' 2". Otherwise, what's the point? If they're functional, they should be FUNCTIONAL.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you mustve missed this bit in the press release, "A pure show car"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks, I did miss that part. I think I'm just bitter because I have the exact same problem in my S2000. ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet. I love how it has a place for the iPhone...expecially since you can get an app that measures g force and can log your runs....even calculates hp based on the car's mass if I"m not mistaken
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's just something about track cars like this that I love. The more impractical the better. As far as concepts go I would take this solstice (http://www.thetorquereport.com/pontiac_sema_solstice_concept_002.jpg) over the Mazda.
      • 5 Years Ago
      out of all the roadster out there today, the MX-5/Miata would be the only one that could prob get away with selling these in numbers.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      IMO, Mazda needs to make a version of the MX-5 that's on par with what GM CLAIMED the C5 hardtop was going to be. A stripped down, lightweight version of the existing car. Basically, imagine if a Miata and an Elise got together had a baby. Not talking about a vehicle with no windshield, but definitely a lot less "creature comforts" that tack on useless weight for those that want a true sporting feel. THAT would be something worth looking into. Oh well... I can dream, right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        A stripped down car would be my dream too but they make money off of adding all those creature comforts. Sure, the hardcore car fanbois would like the cars but that's a small percentage of the buyers and they wouldn't leave anyway if there's a radio.

        In short: keep on dreaming.
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