• Sep 11, 2009
Mazda MX-5 Superlight - Click above for high-res image gallery

With an endless string of concepts cars peppered across these pages, we often find ourselves saying, "Yeah, I'd drive that." But with the Frankfurt-bound Mazda Superlight concept, we're saying "Hey – I wanna build that!"

Conceived and created as a way to celebrate the MX-5 Miata's 20th anniversary – along with showcasing Mazda's focus on lightweight performance – the Superlight's new profile and 2,194-pound curb weight is the brainchild of the automaker's European R&D center in Oberursel, Germany.

Based off the recently facelifted roadster, the most obvious change to the Superlight is its speedster profile, which involved removing the windshield, retractable roof and frame. From there, Mazda's European team extended the aluminum hood towards the cabin and mounted an aluminum, wide-angle rear-view mirror, along with a set of roll-over hoops fitted with LED brake lights.

The passenger compartment benefits from a thorough stripping, with the removal of the sound insulation, carpeting and air conditioning unit. In their place goes a set of carbon fiber racing buckets coated in the same brown leather as the steering wheel, armrests and aluminum shifter and hand brake. The dash is a custom fiberglass and plastic unit, with the stock MX-5's gauges joining an engine-start button bringing to life the standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder (putting out 126 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque) and equipped with a Mazdaspeed cold-air intake and exhaust. But with the diet and minimal engine mods, the run from 0-to-60 MPH comes in at 8.9 seconds.

The track has been increased by 50mm all around to accommodate the larger four-piston calipers and slotted discs, with the whole package dropped by 30mm courtesy of a Bilstein B16 coil-overs. Eibach anti-roll bars are fitted front and rear, and the Superlight rolls on stock 17-inch wheels coated in 205/45 rubber.

According to Mazda Motor Europe's Chief Designer, Peter Birtwhistle, "I've dreamed of building a Mazda MX-5 with this kind of radical form for a long time. Now that weight reduction has become a dominant factor in automotive development, the time is ripe for it." Ripe indeed, and color us inspired. Now if we can just find the right donor car...


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[Source: Mazda via Carscoop]

Technical Specifications

Body Type : Roadster Monocoque
Seating capacity: 2

External Dimensions:
  • Overall length: 4,020 mm
  • Overall width: 1,720 mm
  • Overall height (unloaded): 1,110 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,330 mm
  • Track (front/rear): 1,540/1,545 mm
  • Ground clearance: 106 mm
Engine: MZR 1.8-litre petrol
Max. power: 126 PS (93 kW) at 6,500 rpm
Max. torque: 167 Nm at 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Front/rear suspension: Double wishbone/Multi-link
Damper (front/rear): Bilstein® monotube
Tyre size: 205/45 R17
Brake type (front/rear): Ventilated discs/Solid discs
Brake diameter (front/rear): 300/280 mm
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8,9 s
Fuel consumption (combined): 6,3 l/100km
CO2 emissions (combined): 150 g/km
Min. kerb weight (without driver): 995 kg


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      • 5 Years Ago
      That is the hottest car by far that I have seen in recent history. Add some ITBs and more aggressive cams and you're good to go.

      The last car I was so pumped up about was the VW GX3 which VW promised to make but never did. Please Mazda, make this car a reality!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ha, does anyone else look at this thing and immediately think "MX-5, Stirling Moss edition"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have been wishing for a modern day Porsche Speedster for a while now. Just keep it simple. Simple dash with speedo, Tach, fuel and oil gauges. Roll up windows, manual locks, light weight seats and delete the carpeting. What a perfect place to use the small and light rotary powerplant. It has to get expensive for Mazda to only use the rotary in a single car especially with all the R&D that has gone into it.....and keep it inexpensive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        sounds like a good idea to me, someone get on that
      • 5 Years Ago
      definitely needs the ms3 power plant or the msm. my 04 weighs 400lbs more , has a roof and a windshield and still gets to 60 in 3 seconds less than this wtf?

      so basically get a lotus seven variant if you want light weight or get an older miata and do some mods on it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A little odd looking, but cool nonetheless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ouch. those seats. the rest of the car looks great, but i can't stop looking at those atrocious seats.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Build that AND require proof of citizenship to get government health benefits.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hrm, $20,0000 carbon fiber seats. I wonder if I can order them for my sport value Miata. Or will I need to send in my old ones?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha, nicely played.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see what you did there... Ha!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Superlight? My first generation Miata was lighter than this thing. Cars keep getting heavier and heavier.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank the over protective nanny state that forced all cars to come with stupid things like Side impact door beams, crumple zones, air bags and hardened steel impact structures... so you know, you don't die.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I think a sport-bike is safer than a first gen Miata...
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW! With those looks I just know it's gonna be fast!


      nevermind...
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