Truth be told, we find most SEMA concepts to simply be gaudy aftermarket overkill. These two Mazda models, however – now these are something we'd like to sink our teeth into.

Let's start with the MX-5 Miata Spyder concept. The most obvious alteration here is the removal of the stock MX-5's folding soft top (or hard top) for the sake of a stretched canvas roof, similar to the rakish and flying buttressed Porsche Boxster Spyder. That, combined with larger wheels, a lowered stance, aero kit and a revised front fascia make this a Miata we'd definitely want to spend a lot of quality time with. We're already madly in love with the standard car, so making it lighter and improving the dynamics promises to be nothing short of motoring bliss.

Mazda Turbo2 conceptThe second concept is something we've been begging Mazda to create for quite some time, too. The Turbo2 is, according to Mazda, "one of our most powerful turbocharged engines in our lightest platform." That's a recipe for success if we've ever heard one. We can do without the ground effects kit and graphics package, but the thought of a turbocharged engine under the hood of a better-tuned Mazda2 (read: Mazdaspeed2) is a project we're more than willing to get behind.

We'll see both concepts live from Las Vegas next week. For now, feast your eyes on the hotness in our high-res image gallery.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      they should throw that turbo motor in the Miata while their at it!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Recalling the "turbo 2" badge from the old RX7 is pretty cool. That is something Mazda fans can get behind.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like a Mazda2 with a turbo, upgraded suspension & brakes and a 6spd please. Just deliver it to my house and tell me how much I owe you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm definitely hitting up the Mazda booth at SEMA. Mazda's still got it.
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      Miata fastback pweez? :3
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Mazda2 is The Autobarn Mazda of Countryside’s Speed2. It was built by The Autobarn for The one Lap of America Race. The car is a Mazda2 Sport with a Speed3 drivetrain including a 2.3l Turbo engine with a built bottom end by Cp-e and suspension work from Corksport. It was driven 3800 miles across the US by Eric Vates and Charles Espenlaub in the Compact car division. The car is on loan to Mazda R&D for the 2011 SEMA show
        • 3 Years Ago
        Do I win the Speed2 for posting it first? Please? =) lol
        • 3 Years Ago
        do you have any idea what modification had to happen to the engine bay / front clip to fit that beast in there?
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is the sexiest Miata I've ever seen.
      Erik Tomlinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy cow, that MX5 (I almost said Miata) looks amazing.
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        • 3 Years Ago
        They are way ahead of you. In 2004 and 2005 you could buy a Mazdaspeed Miata. It was a factory turbo Miata with upgraded suspension, LSD and a 6 speed. Sadly we only ever got ~4200 of them.
          • 3 Years Ago
          and sadly it ran the disco potato and a tiny front mount to the tune of about 180hp (almost the same build as the MSP), the power upgrade was not nearly as much as it could have been, 200hp NA 4 cylinder cars were out there
      • 3 Years Ago
      that is a sweet front end revision. and ditto the below remark about dropping the turbo in this
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd try my NC for that in a heartbeat, bring it Mazda!
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is one sexy Miata! Keep that face for the final production car and Mazda could have a total winner on their hands. I was planning on getting a more practical car to replace my NB Miata, but if the next MX-5 looks anywhere near as good as this concept, I may not be able to resist.
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