Does the idea of a Mazda MX-5 Miata with 205 horsepower – a useful bump over the stocker's 167 ponies – sound like a good idea? How about one with an upgraded suspension, carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser and spoiler?

Still not good enough for you? Fine. Throw in a free-flowing exhaust with single center-mounted tailpipe, body-color roll hoops, sticky tires and a pair of Recaro seats. If we're describing the Miata of your dreams, we suggest you tell Mazda how you feel – this exact machine, dubbed the MX-5 Miata GT Concept, will be on display at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will make a run up the hill.

Mazda says it's "seeking customer reaction" to the hotted-up sports car, which it says is inspired by its MX-5 GT race car. Mazda: We speak for all when we say, "If you build it, we will come." Also on display at Goodwood will be the Mazda Takeri Concept and the company's new CX-5 crossover.

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MAZDA MX-5 GT CONCEPT TO DEBUT AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Mazda MX-5 GT Concept to run at Goodwood Festival Speed
Mazda seeks customer reaction to 205bhp Mazda MX-5 GT Concept
Mazda Takeri sedan concept and all-new CX-5 feature on the Mazda stand


Mazda will debut its road legal 205bhp MX-5 GT Concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 28 June – 1 July. The Mazda MX-5 GT Concept will be on display throughout the festival on Mazda's stand, as well as taking part in the hillclimb in the 'First Glance' category.

The Mazda MX-5 GT Concept has been inspired by Mazda's podium winning MX-5 GT race programme and its debut at Goodwood is to test customer reaction to a high performance version of the iconic sportscar. Built by race specialists Jota Sport, the MX-5 GT Concept produces 205bhp from a normally aspirated 2.0-litre Mazda petrol engine which is mated to the car's standard manual gearbox. Suspension has been uprated to improve handling and is adjustable for different track conditions, aerodynamic assistance comes from a carbon front splitter, a rear diffuser and boot spoiler. The exhaust note has been enhanced with a sports exhaust system with a central tailpipe. Recaro seats enhance the driver stability and the interior features a number of carbon enhancements that help reduce weight. For customers who want to acquire the car for track use, it comes equipped with road slicks and body-coloured roll hoops behind the seats.

Joining the MX-5 GT Concept on the stand will be the Mazda Takeri sedan concept, a close indication of the design direction of the future Mazda6, along with the recently launched all-new Mazda CX-5 compact SUV, the first car to adopt Mazda's revolutionary SKYACTIV technology which improves fuel economy and reduces CO2 emissions without compromising driving enjoyment.

Mazda has also entered the World's fastest and most powerful MX-5 in the Goodwood hillclimb. Sponsored by SMH Fleet Solutions, Jota Aviation, Total Lubricants and Mazda Financial Services, the Jota Sport Mazda MX-5 GT4 is currently contesting the 2012 British GT Championship and took third in class at Brands Hatch this weekend. Competing against Lotus, Aston Martin, Ginetta and Ferrari racecars, the MX-5 GT boasts a top speed of 160mph and a 0-60 time of just three seconds, making this a very special MX-5.

Drivers for the Goodwood Festival of Speed are regular Mazda racers Mark Ticehurst and Owen Mildenhall and kart racer Jade Paveley, who at just 19 years-old, is one of the youngest drivers at the festival.

"This year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed we have a number of significant cars on the stand and contesting the hillclimb," said Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK. "The MX-5 has been our best known car for 22 years and with the GT4 and GT Concept on show, we are demonstrating that this car can compete with the more expensive race and performance cars but still remain true to its roots of affordable motoring with a strong focus on the driving experience.

"The Mazda Takeri gives a clear guide as to how the next Mazda6 will look. It will be the second car to use Mazda's new SKYACTIV technology following on from the Mazda CX-5 which we launched in May. SKYACTIV technology reduces vehicle weight, improves fuel consumption and reduces CO2, it takes our cars into the realm of environmentally friendly emissions but with no compromise on the fun to drive attributes that are typical of our brand.

"So come over and say hello during the weekend, we are also giving away a limited number of Le Mans books to visitors to the stand each day – so visit early."


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      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      No matter what they throw at the her, she still looks stunning...
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whatever you do, act quick. People cross shopping BRZ/FRS won't wait.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      ablogreadr
      • 2 Years Ago
      make it affordable (under $30k) and i'd gladly buy one of these instead of the bland toyobaru twins.
        • 2 Years Ago
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          Michał Pingwin
          • 2 Years Ago
          Don't listen to thor. It is a moron. The Toyobarus are the Miata's main competition BECAUSE of similar size, weight, and hp figures.
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          Well in that case Zombie then the Lotus Elise is a direct competitor as well. So Elise > Miata & twins.
      Rob Gomes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks as if this is a send-off for the NC, much like the Mazdaspeed was a send-off for the NB. For the "the BRZ/FR-S" is better crowd -- well, you're right. It's not much of a surprise really. The engine in the Toyobaru is lower, the toyobaru is a bit stiffer with a longer wheelbase and cornering as a result is a bit more precise and lacks that extra bit of input the "Miata two-step" has always necessitated in stock form when driven very aggressively. The MZR is an upgraded unit out of a Focus. The car itself has been in production for over 7 years, whereas the Toyobaru has been in production for barely 4 months. Neither the MX-5 or the BRZ/FR-S/GT-86 however were ever made to win any contests. Both are made to be inexpensive, rear-wheel drive, have just enough power to feel a bit brisk, and to be lots of fun sideways -- particularly at the speeds seen by their owners every day. Cheap, accessible fun.
      Jack
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've got a feeling this is Mazda's response to the BRZ/FRS/GT86?
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they do build something like that, I will come. Interpret that however you wish.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's tempting but I've always considered this 3rd gen car a big step in the wrong direction. I will definitely have my eye on the next gen car as well as the new Alfa Romeo version that is likely to be coming.
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      All things considered, I think I like that supercharged Yusho concept better. Love love love the Miata, it still somehow grabs me more than the BRZ/FRS. I can't wait to see what the next gen brings! At least 200 horsepower and a less manic smile... sold.
      ijardine
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the next "new" MX-5 was coming with a drastic weight cut and a smaller engine for better fuel efficicency while stepping up performace a little?
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      AutoVido
      • 2 Years Ago
      What I'd really like is the 2011 Jota Sport MX-5 GT race car - you can see a time-lapse build at http://skyontech.com/videos/cars.php?video=YOU-AIe4pk9y9o8
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      please please please build this car!!! Exactly what enthusiasts like me have been missing! improves on the regular mx-5 in every way! BUILD THIS CAR!
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