Mazda bringing sexy speedster concept based on MX-5 to SEMA

Mazda MX-5 Speedster concept, 2016 SEMA show

Mazda impressed us at the 2015 SEMA show when it unveiled a lightweight speedster concept based on its fourth-generation MX-5 Miata, which at the time was just hitting the market.

A year on, Mazda has an evolved version of its MX-5 Speedster concept that’s been made even lighter thanks to lessons learned from the MX-5 Global Cup race car.

The latest MX-5 Speedster concept stands out thanks to its White Ether paint job. Engineers somehow managed to take out an additional 100 pounds, bringing the curb weight below the 2,000-lb mark. In case you’re wondering, it’s approximately 350 lb lighter than a stock MX-5 Miata.

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Kuro concept, 2016 SEMA show

That’s all we know right now as Mazda is saving the rest of the details for the 2016 SEMA show, which runs November 1-4 in Las Vegas. The automaker will also use the event to roll out the MX-5 Miata RF Kuro concept.

Kuro is the Japanese word for “charcoal,” and it’s the name Mazda chose for the dark gray semi-matte finish on the concept, which is based on the regular MX-5 Miata RF. The car is also fitted with 17-inch forged wheels from RAYS as well as an adjustable suspension setup borrowed from the  MX-5 Global Cup racer.

Stay tuned for the debut of both concepts at the SEMA show, full coverage of which you can access via our dedicated hub.

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