Since it’s barely heavier than the original Miata, you could hardly accuse the latest MX-5 of being a fatty. However, since SEMA is now upon us and Mazda wanted to bring along something cool, the ladies and gents at the company thought the ND Miata could do with going on a little diet (after all, adding more power might give people the wrong idea).
The result comes in the form of two concepts based on the 2.0-litre version of the MX-5: the Spyder and the Speedster. Both lose the standard ND’s folding roof, but the Spyder does have a replacement in the form of a ‘bikini’ arrangement which will no doubt be spectacularly fiddly to errect when the heavens unexpectedly open.
The Spyder also gets a set of adjustable coilovers, lightweight 17-inch Yokohama rims wrapped in Yokohama Advan A048 rubber and a carbonfibre aero kit. Total weight? A pithy 1043kg.
The Speedster is a little more extreme, losing a windscreen as well as its roof, a little like the NC-based Superlight concept from a few years ago. It sits 30mm lower than the production ND on K&W adjustable coilovers, and is finished off nicely in ‘Blue Ether’ with 16-inch Rays alloys at each corner. Naturally, it’s even lighter than the Spyder, tipping the scales at just 943kg.
Want to see them in the metal? Both will be on display at SEMA until 6 November.