• Nov 4, 2010
Mazda MX-5 Miata Super20 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Both the UK and Europe got 20th anniversary edition Mazda MX-5s earlier this year, and we now have our own version... in concept form. Speaking to the same color and materials designer who gave us the skinny on the hip and evil Mazda2s, we were told that the brief with this one was to make the Miata a little tougher without going too hardcore. A hard top goes in the place of the canvas roof and the form is draped in dark gray speckled with gold metallic. The orange accents in the darker stripes are tuned to that metallic hue, and they are matched by the orange roll cage and orange contrast stitching inside. Other notable details are the suede inserts on the interior, the first-gen door handles, the reworked grille area sans Mazda's smiley face and a badge-less nose.

Under the hood is a reflashed ECU controlling a supercharged Cosworth motor, an ACT clutch, Mazdaspeed coilovers and shock tower brace, and Racing Beat hollow anti-roll bars. StopTech and SpeedSource throw in braking hardware behind 16-inch Enkei wheels on fat rubber. As for the chances of us anything like it in real life, you've heard this one before: "There are discussions..." Spy it yourself in the gallery of high-res photos below.



Photos copyright ©2010 Jonathon Ramsey / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Please don't tease me like Subaru has with the Forrester STi. I'm looking for a new car next spring, won't SOMEONE please take my money? LoL
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have an early NA Miata - I like the door handles - they are a very distinctive touch. Might not be the most cost-efficient, and given a choice, I would rather Mazda provides more "zoom" than "visual". (this is a SEMA car, so they can do pretty much anything - the "real world" normally has very little influence on what gets displayed!!)

      Wheel & tire combo (unusual at SEMA) is a good balance, in my opinion. Lighter (smaller diameter) wheels always provide measureable gains - quicker lap times, better response, and usually less expensive tires too!

      Supercharger is a good bump in power, although a small turbo would be quicker and more efficient. Depends on your personal taste, for the most part.

      About all that is missing are some numbers and class stickers. For a HPDE track toy a little bit of rear wing might be useful too - but I like this overall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's really refreshing to see tires with actual sidewalls. I bet this thing actually has a decent ride, too. Bonus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else see fangs in that smiley mouth?
        • 4 Years Ago
        yep, saw them right away. looks better than the toothless grin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow... it looks great.

      Now if only I could fit into a Miata :(

      Tall people get shafted when it comes to sports cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      needs more cowbell lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      I meant to say hard top as in "no convertible." I'd like a hatchback RWD coupe from Mazda, ala AE86. Since Toyota's going to deliberate about it for 3 more years, I'd prefer Mazda to just design, release, and be done with it.

      Same for Nissan. Who wouldn't want a QR25DE from the Sentra SE-R, only without the abysmal rods or crank? Use the same dimensions as the SR20's crank, to decrease the displacement to 2.3. Keep the same head and VTC. Use a bigger exhaust and more breathable catalytic converter.

      Put that in the 240SX / Q's Silvia we've been dying to see. Around $22k for a 180-200HP NA RWD Nissan. It won't interfere with Z sales at that price range.

      It will bring back budget and fun RWD vehicles to the masses. Keep the weight around 2800 lbs and give me an option for bigger brakes and Helical LSD. I'd buy that.

      I hate my FWD car. I'd love to have a fun RWD car that won't break the bank. Doesn't have to be 4dr. The kids can ride in my wife's Forester.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A Miata and Subaru driveway roster is great.

        With two Subarus and a Miata, the Miata doesn't even have to trudge through the snow in the winter.

        It would be even better, if I had three garage stalls, rather than just two... but I don't want to be too greedy. :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      i really like that grey one. but both look like theyre ready to hit the track/autocross course, how perfect!

      one thing i really dont like--original miata door handles. WHY WHY WHY would they retrofit them back on. They are not ergonomic, cheap feeling, and just downright awful!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You forgot "timeless".
        • 4 Years Ago
        WHA???

        They are aluminum metal, and they are very classy looking, and much better than big honkin' hoop handles.

        If you can break them with a single finger pull to release the door latch, then you may have problems breaking more than just the door release, being the Hulk, and all that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would only like it more if it was a hard drop and had a hatchback.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Mazda's Miata hardtop concept of a few years ago is what I immediately though of, too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So.... you don't want one? Am I right? Because you do realize this is a Miata, right? This is no where close to being a hatchback.
        • 4 Years Ago
        so what you all really want is along the lines of an MGB GT?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Miata. Supercharger. Coilovers. Where do I put my money?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What I don't get is why they just haven't used the Mazdaspeed motor basics in it already!? COME ON MAZDA! Stop screwing about.

      The NB MX-5 SP here in Australia was such a legendary piece of kit, share some love with the world would you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll have 1 of each please.
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