• Sep 15, 2009

Mazda MX-5 Superlight concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you're one of the many enthusiasts out there oohing and ahhing over the pair of pre-production Mini concepts that debuted in Frankfurt today, know that the BMW division isn't the only one here with a tempting speedster on display. Amidst all the exciting and pivotal new vehicle debuts at the show, Mazda took the wraps off the MX-5 Superlight Version.

Unfortunately it's just a show car, and it's not the first time Mazda's toyed with the idea (and us in the process), but the Superlight goes to show what an inventive mind and a skilled hand or two can do with the iconic Mazda roadster. Characterized by its windshield-less shape, the Superlight also features an exquisitely crafted cockpit of brushed aluminum and saddle brown leather, aluminum and carbon-fiber rolls hoops with integrated brake LEDs, an aluminum rearview mirror mounted on the hood, a wider track, dropped suspension and upgraded brakes.

While the engine essentially carries over from the stock 1.8-liter, 126hp four, the Mazdaspeed intake and exhaust, coupled with the reduced 2,194-pound curb weight, bring the 0-60 run down to 8.9 seconds. Which may not sound like breakneck acceleration, but with the wind rushing at your face, we're guessing this junior Veritas is a real thrill ride. Check it out in the gallery below.






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      • 5 Years Ago
      The '09 Miata has 167 horsepower.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not feeling it at all. Wheres the mazdaspeed replacement with the speed3 motor? Oh yeah. Not happening. Awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would prefer a heavyweight Miata, one that had a windshield and something like a aluminum V8.
      You can get a 600hp LS7 jammed in a pre 2005 miata and it will only add approx 200 lbs to the car - 1/3 of which is over the rear tires.
      That would be the equivalent of adding 475 hp to an older Miata and driving it with me in the passenger seat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, but that is a small block

        some of the engines people are talking about here are much heavier than a csb
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice, but I wonder when will Mazda will change the taillights? They look bad from the very start. But........no windshield ? no way
      • 5 Years Ago
      A skilled hand*

      *and budget from a major car manufacturer. Great execution!
      • 5 Years Ago
      1.8 liter? Where did that come from? I love this design....about as much as the Solstice SD-290 concept. Reminds me of Speedracer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the 1.8L is available to the rest of the world. Only in the US does Mazda not offer it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Needs to be force induced!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Make a Mazdaspeed MX-5 Superlight and I'd buy one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Mazda MX-5 Superlight makes us wonder how we'd spend our other two wishes"

      My other two wishes would be for a set of goggles and an empty mountain road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be a brilliant drive! Good job, Mazda.
        • 5 Years Ago
        this car would be ridiculously fun to drive at a track day

        but honestly, would it be more fun than a motorcycle? its certainly more expensive
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... what track? I've driven a TR3, same weight and 'power' as this car. It's entertaining for the 40 year old nostalgic appeal, but very difficult to exploit on most modern tracks due to it's lack of grunt (at least cal-speedway, Infineon, obviously the larger willow tracks). So I'll ask again. Where are people looking to drive something slower than a Miata without the nostalgic 40 year throwback... something's not connecting here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        where?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the Honda S2000
      • 5 Years Ago
      The current car is also a 2.0 liter. It's starting to make sense. Maybe they went to a variation of the 1.6/1.8 liter that the original Miata had to save more weight. That would explain the lower hp and slower 0-60 time compared to the '09 Miata.
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