Mazda turned up the wick on its already well-received MX-5 two-seat sports car at the recent Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nev., in early November, showing two new design concepts – a Spyder and a Speedster – each designed to take the MX-5’s lightweight and fun-to-drive mission “a step further” by reducing weight even more while accentuating open-air driving. Both models highlight “the core strengths” of the MX-5, in collaboration with various aftermarket parts suppliers and performance shops. “With the all-new 2016 MX-5, we have a clean sheet to show how the aftermarket can go wild on our flagship sports car while staying true to its mission,” said Mazda’s North American operations design manager Ken Saward.


Lighter weight is good for all performance aspects as well as fuel economy and a reduced carbon footprint. A couple of “lightweight”concepts of the new Mazda Miata are intended to further heighten the driving experience.

Miata concepts demonstrate aftermarket potential “to go wild”: