Mazda’s SEMA concepts show more Miata potential


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Ahead of this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Mazda teased both of the Miata-based concepts that will be featured in its booth. Not straying too far from last year’s winning formula, Mazda will bring a modified version of the roofless Speedster concept we saw in 2015. The year, however, the Mazda MX-5 Speedster will be called the MX-5 Speedster Evolution. The Japanese automaker will also bring a concept version of its RF retractable hardtop MX-5 variant, dubbed Kuro.

The Speedster Evolution concept lives up to its name and is, essentially, taking last year’s weight-shaving ideas even further. The folks at Mazda somehow managed to shed 350 pounds from the already lightweight MX-5 — that’s about 100 lost pounds more than last year’s show car. That brings this Miata’s curb weight just under the 1-ton mark. The Evolution will be painted white “ether” — a new take on last year’s ether paint job, which was blue. Still, there’s no windshield, so you’ll want to grab a pair of goggles before taking it out for a drive.

 



2017 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF Kuro concept image 1

The Kuro concept is a lightly modified semi-matte metallic-black Mazda MX-5 RF.


The retractable-hardtop Kuro concept didn’t shed as much weight as the Speedster Evolution — instead opting to add to a largely unchanged structure. The Kuro concept gets adjustable suspension, 17-inch forged Rays wheels and the slick semi-matte black-metallic paint that shares its name with the concept. The in-house-developed paint is fittingly named after the Japanese translation of charcoal.

While we probably will never see the extreme MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution, the more demure Kuro concept seems completely feasible in production form — at least as a special edition. 









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