Pictures of lightweight Mazda MX-5 concept leak out
15 September 2009

The Mazda MX-5 Superlight version has been designed to add fun to the Frankfurt show and will not make production, the car maker has told Autocar.

"I've been looking to do something like this for ages," said Peter Birtwhistle, Mazda Europe's chief designer, "it's a bit of fun and it celebrates the 20th anniversary of the MX-5."

However he said it is unlikely the car will make production and is a design study for the direction of future MX-5s.

The Superlight weighs 995kg (down from 1080kg on the standard car), and features several racing touches: occupants sit on lightweight carbonfibre bucket seats and are held in place with four-point belts. Lightweight materials such as carbonfibre, fibreglass and aluminium also dominate the interior.

The car is powered by a 124bhp 1.8-litre four-pot with 123lb ft of torque. It remains in production-spec, but is linked to a Mazdaspeed cold air intake and exhaust system. It hits 62mph from a standstill in 8.9sec, averages 44.8mpg and emits 150g.km of Co2.

Compared to the standard MX-5, the Superlight's track is 50mm wider and its Bilstein suspension 30mm lower. It sits on 17-inch wheels. Mazda3 MPS brake servos are used to improve stopping power.

The Mazda MX-5 Superlight version was designed at Mazda’s studio in Oberursel, Germany, and is reported to be the first of several MX-5 concept cars that Mazda will roll out in coming years as it defines its direction of development.

Mazda has recently championed lightweight construction, and the Mazda MX-5 Superlight version is an extension of that theme, with its minimalist design focusing on improving driving performance, handling, fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

However, Mazda is eager to stress that these improvements can be achieved without compromising the roadster's inherently fun characteristics; hence the radical exterior design, with no windshield, and a sporty chassis set-up. However Mazda says it will fit a small aero-style windscreen for journalists to test the Superlight.

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12 September 2009

It looks very good. I wonder if they are considering a production version along these lines. Looks FUN.

12 September 2009

Where's da windscreen? :o

12 September 2009

[quote Topkat]Where's da windscreen?[/quote]

Instead of a chipped windscreen one gets a hole in one's head. If I buy one of these...............and I think I will.............maybe in two years.............if I work hard enough................. I will also need to invest in a pair of bulletproof oakleys like Topkat wears.

12 September 2009

Very nice car.

But, I'd rather have a Lambo :-)

12 September 2009

Lambo's are like 5 times more expensive, looool

12 September 2009

Not if you steal it though :-)

12 September 2009

I'm a good honest person, I don't steal ;-)

12 September 2009

I stole the windscreen off the MX-5 ;-)

13 September 2009

Having not driven one ever and yet having read nothing but praise about this car makes it slightly difficult to comment on the only aspect which remains visible to the naked eye: the exterior design. The normal MX5, from which this design study or concept borrows a lot of styling cues, continues to remain the most plain design that I have come across in recent times; in other words, bland. The only thing exciting when ever a revised or updated version of the MX-5 is released continues to be the accompanying commentary.

Having said all that, even though the lack of windshield continues to seem like a daft idea, still, at least this particular update does look a bit interesting, the revised front is actually better; of course, still could have been better.

13 September 2009

[quote AwakeSpectator]to remain the most plain design that I have come across in recent times; in other words, bland. [/quote]

Although I own one I can't disagree with your comment. That said, I like the way they blend into the background.

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