The Mazda MX-5 Speedster Evolution and MX-5 RF Kuro concepts will make their debuts in Las Vegas starting November 1 in the Mazda booth, borrowing style and speed from the Mazda MX-5 Global Cup race car. The MX-5 Speedster was first introduced at last year’s SEMA Show, and for this year, the Japanese automaker’s design team has taken things to a whole new level with the MX-5 Speedster Evolution. Finished in White Ether paint, the concept sheds over 100 pounds compared to last year’s concept, making it approximately 350 lbs lighter than a stock MX-5 stock top and tipping the scales under 2,000 lbs.
2016 SEMA Show Preview
Joining the MX-5 Speedster Evolution is the MX-5 RF Kuro concept, which is based on the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Retractable Fastback model that is heading to dealerships early next year. The exterior features a semi-matte metallic concept color that has been developed in-house by Mazda called “Kuro,” which means “charcoal” in Japanese. On all four corners are 17×7.5-inch RAYS forged wheels, wrapped with 214/45/17 BF Goodrich Rival G-Force tires, while the adjustable suspension from the MX-5 Cup has also been bolted on.
According to Mazda, both concepts were conceived by Mazda Design Americas to showcase contrasting directions that create a “Mazda Premium” experience, while paying homage to the company’s performance heritage. Both were designed and built in-house in Irvine, California.