Mazda MX-5 Spyder and Speedster concepts
Mazda has stormed this year’s SEMA Las Vegas trade show with two concept versions of the 2015 Mazda MX-5. The bold MX-5 Speedster and MX-5 Spyder models are both designed to hark back to the simple, lightweight sports cars of the 1950s.
The Mazda MX-5 Speedster concept is about as basic as modern cars can reasonably get, with the stripped-back vintage design for a “unadulterated, wind-in-the-hair driving experience”. The windscreen and roof are both ditched for a simple wind deflector, while carbon-fibre doors and a new rear deck design also feature.
Super-light racing alloys, carbon-fibre seats and a retrimmed Alcantara cabin help reduce the unsprung weight to just 943kg, 113kg less than the standard US-spec car. It also gets a centrally mounted racing exhaust and ajustable coilover suspension, while a distinct ‘Blue Either’ paintjob is added.
Mazda MX-5 Spyder side
The MX-5 Spyder concept is a bit different. Mazda calls it “a more sophisticated interpretation of the classis vintage roadster”. The bikini-style roof (think Porsche Boxster Spyder) combines with Spinneybeck natural lever and specially formulated Mercury Silver paint to help it stand out.
Lightweight Yokohama alloys, a body tonneau cover and a carbon fibre aero kit also feature. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that these concepts will ever make production given SEMA is more of a design showcase event than a forum for debuting production cars. But you never know…
Read more about the cars of SEMA 2015 here…