• Nov 5, 2009
Turbo Rotary Mazda MX-5 - Click above for high-res image gallery

If you get the impression things are all high gloss and dubs in Vegas, you wouldn't be far off. But walk around the SEMA compound long enough and you come across something cool that that speaks to the gearhead, track rat in each of us.

Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of details about this red NA Mazda MX-5, but we do know it's been worked over by Mike Burlas Designs from Rialto, California, and it has a turbocharged 13B rotary underhood. Further, it has been kitted out with an adjustable suspension, upgraded brakes and what appears to be a fiberglass (or Kevlar) blistered fender kit.

But the crowning jewel is the carbon fiber fastback roof which the company is selling in fiberglass form for $1,800. It's not quite as cool as the MX-5 coupe concept from way-back-when, but it's nice to see the Miata getting some S2000-style fixed roof love in Sin City.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      WGAF....junk ass piece of rice. Whats with all the lame features guys? C'mon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Please explain how this is "rice" .
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with you. It is just another rice burner. It looks like there are a bunch of 20 somethings on here that love their Jap/rice burners here. They get all excited over turocharged wankel engined chick car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Over 50% of Autoblog's posts seem to be about American made muscle cars in the last week, what are "all the lame features" you are talking about?

        This car isn't rice, so it is obvious you don't know what you are talking about.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We as real car guys no what rice means, but to guys like him any Japanese car is rice. It doesn't matter what this car's priorities are when it comes to its features, or its track performance, it never had a chance in his eyes. No sense wasting time on people like him.
        • 5 Years Ago
        crawl out from under your nascar rock.

        the miata is one of the best selling sports cars in the world. since you obviously dont know jack, at least act like you know something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rice, imo, is something that is all show and no go (ie, 99% of what is at sema)
        This looks like someone actually drove this car on a track and put actual functional go-fast parts on it. Crazy, I know - to think that a car can be raced and isn't just a canvas for someone's airbrushing and chrome.

        Your priorities are mixed up.
      Chris Greene
      • 2 Years Ago
      can i and were can i buy that style hard top for a 91 miata? help needed a lot thx
      • 5 Years Ago
      That was a great way to point out you don't know anything about cars Howard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That a killer looking track car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think that another wing needs to be added to the back, because the 2 spoilers in the back just isn't enough!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That style hardtop was done first on the S2K. Looks better on it as well. And I am not a honda fanboy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish Mazda would just sell a hard-top MX-5 already. The Z4 coupe was a triumph of that form-factor, and I would kill for an affordable alternative.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This. I've been lusting after a North American-market MX-5 Coupe ever since first laying eyes on the old Japan-exclusive NA and NB Roadster Coupes.

        Thankfully, Toyota's coming to my rescue with the FT86. Too bad so sad, Mazda, you lost a sale.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a nice car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The fender rivets totally make the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I'd known there was a hard top like that available for the MX5, I'd have bought that one near me with wiring issues.

      The main reason I don't own a MX5 is the lack of a hard top option. And this looks good! Wonder if it lifts up like a hatch?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I didn't just vote this down. I tagged it for removal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car looks like a hoot to drive - but theres no way I'm going to buy their parts with gaps like the ones at the front of the hood....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, fitment of that hood is pretty bad.
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