Mazda MX5 Miata

Mazda MX5 Miata

Leave it to Mazda to decide that the world hasn’t had enough of special edition MX-5 Miatas .

Actually, they’re right; we can’t get enough of them. So when they took to the 2012 Auto Mobil International Show in Leipzig, Germany to debut the MX-5 Miata Yushu Concept, it certainly got our attention, and then some.

Named after the Japanese word for "Victory," the MX-5 Yusho Concept is the kind of concept proposal for the popular sports car that makes us remember why we love Miatas so much.

The matte white paint finish is already an eye-catcher in its own right, but it also paints only a part of the modifications Mazda did to the car. It also received new aero components, a new interior treatment, and best of all, engine modifications.

About the only thing we didn’t like about the MX-5 Yushu Concept was Mazda failing to say that the car - or at least some of the mods - is getting ready for production.

Nevertheless, the MX-5 Yushu Concept is still a beauty, a car that we’re more than hoping to see out in dealerships sooner rather than later.

UPDATE 07/24/12: Mazda has released a new video of the MX-5 Yushu Concept doing some rounds at the Nurburgring! Check it out by clicking on the photo above!
Find out more about the Mazda MX-5 Miata Yushu Concept after the jump.

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The Subaru BRZ may only be a few months old and despite the fact that deliveries to owners have yet to commence, this brand new rear-wheel drive out of Japan has already proven itself to be quite the performance car, even if it did get beaten around a Japanese racetrack by its twin-brother, the Toyota GT 86 recently.

In Road & Track’s latest road test, they took the aforementioned Subaru BRZ out onto public roads to see how it would perform when pitted against its main rival, the Mazda MX-5 Miata as well as the Hyundai Genesis 2.0 Coupe .

We won’t ruin the result for you, but keep in mind the following performance specifications when watching the video.

The BRZ features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer style engine which was developed in conjunction with Toyota Toyota to produce 200HP and 151lb-ft of torque, while the base Mazda MX-5 Miata produces significantly less at just 167HP but does turn out an impressive 158 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the Hyundai Hyundai Genesis actually produces the most of the bunch with 217HP and 217lb-ft of torque; however, it does weigh significantly more than the other two due to its larger proportions.

Collaborative efforts aren’t anything new in the car world. Companies have been borrowing bits and pieces from each other for years, but lately it seems as though full blown projects are being split between companies to develop almost identical vehicles. Take Subaru and Toyota , for example. They joined forces to develop the new GT 86 /BRZ sports car that carry identical parts with different maker flares. Now Fiat and Mazda are jumping on board the team builder wagon to produce a new small roadster based on Mazda’s next-generation MX-5 rear-wheel-drive architecture.

The two companies will have to develop two differentiated, distinctly styled roadsters and each variant will be powered by specific proprietary engines unique to each brand. Both models will be built at Mazda’s Hiroshima, Japan, plant with production for Alfa Romeo envisaged starting in 2015.

"Establishing technology and product development alliances is one of Mazda’s corporate objectives and this announcement with Fiat is an important first step in that direction. It is especially exciting to be collaborating with such a prestigious marque as Alfa Romeo on a new roadster based on the next-generation MX-5, which is such an iconic vehicle for Mazda and recognized as the best-selling roadster of all time." said Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda’s Representative Director and Chairman of the Board, President and CEO.

"This agreement clearly demonstrates our commitment to Alfa Romeo and the determination to grow it into a truly global brand. By partnering with Mazda Mazda , we will be co-operating with the recognized leader in compact rear-drive vehicle architectures in order to deliver an exciting and stylish roadster in the Alfa Romeo tradition. We are appreciative of this collaboration with Mazda and look forward to maintaining a fruitful and continuous relationship." said Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.

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The Japanese really love their sports cars, so much so in fact, that there are literally hundreds of videos on YouTube with Japanese journos testing the latest Japan has to offer, but unfortunately, the overwhelming majority are in Japanese and as a result, we have no idea what’s happening half the time. However, that’s not the case with the following video.

While it may be in Japanese, the aim of the video is clear as the testers put the pedal to the metal in the new Subaru BRZ , Toyota GT 86 around one of Japan’s various race circuits. The Mazda is being piloted by Takayuki Kinoshita, the BRZ handled by Naoki Hattori, while the Toyota was driven by Le Mans-class winner Keiichi Tsuchiya, all of whom have copious amounts of racing experience.

In order to make the 3-lap race as even as possible, the 167HP Mazda MX-5 is given a head start of around 3 grid places, while the 200HP BRZ and GT 86 set off behind. All three cars tested have manual transmissions so this is just a test about which car is faster, rather than which shifting-mechanism trumps the other.

We won’t spoil the result for you, but the video does display just how tail-happy the GT 86 is while the BRZ and MX-5 seem to have much more grip. Whether that’s down to different driving styles, or the Toyota’s lack of traction is not yet known, but all three cars certainly look the part!

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Another auto show, another special edition MX-5 Miata . Leave it to Mazda to do something like that, and quite frankly, you won’t see any complaints from us.

It wasn’t that long ago - last week at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show , to be exact - when Mazda treated all of us with a new special edition model of the legendary MX-5 Miata Roadster.

Not content with just one of these bad boys being showcased at a major auto event, the Japanese automaker decided to bring ANOTHER special edition MX-5 Miata to the NEXT auto event on the calendar: the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

This particular model is called the "MX-5 Special Edition Spring 2012", a car that will be offered exclusively to the European market - America, we had our turn last week! - and distinguishing itself with a choice of four exterior paint finishes, including Radiant Ebony, Crystal White Pearl, Metropolitan Grey and Brilliant Black.

In addition to the four interesting color ways, the MX-5 Special Edition Spring 2012 will also carry grille surrounds, chrome headlamp inserts, and fog lamp bezels as part of the exterior enhancements. As for the interior, Mazda dressed up the special edition MX-5 with a pretty unique “Havana Brown” leather upholstery, as well as fitting the same model with an integrated navigation system, a first for the Mazda MX-5.

Japanese automaker, Mazda , will troop to the Windy City to debut another special edition model of their most popular vehicle, the MX-5 Miata .

Based on the MX-5 Miata Grand Touring model, the car will be limited to only 450 models, distinguishing itself with a number of unique additions that include two new exterior colors, a black-only power retractable hard top, blah exterior accents, a new set of 17" gunmetal wheels, heated black leather seats, and interior finishes dressed in piano black.

Performance specs will remain the same, which means that the car will sport a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that produces 167 horsepower and 158 lb/ft of torque and will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed sport automatic transmission.

The MX-5 Miata Special Edition’s participation at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show was done as a tribute to Mazda’s debut on the global stage back in 1989. Since then, the Miata has become one of the most popular roadsters in the world, selling over a million models since it made its debut 23 years ago.

UPDATE 02/08/2012: The special edition Mazda MX-5 has made its debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Limited to only 450 units, the model will go on sale at the end of February 2012 at a starting price of $31,225 for the manual transmission and $31,675 when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission. The model is equipped with both the Premium and Suspension packages as standard.

The 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon will begin right after the Detroit Auto Show in January and many automakers are releasing all kinds of information on their lineup for the show floor in Japan. For example, Mazda will be bringing plenty of specially customized MX-5 models, including the MX-5 NR-A Jinba Ittai and the MX-5 Black Tuned edition.

The Black Tuned Edition is based on the special edition MX-5 Sport Black model announced earlier this year, but going on sale in the spring of 2012. The model adopts black-based special features for both the interior and exterior, and offers a full range of exclusive specifications including BBS lightweight alloy wheels, Bilstein height adjustable dampers, a Brembo brake system (painted in gold for the front), and Recaro seats.

The list of standard equipment for the Mazda MX-5 Black Tuned Edition includes climate control air-conditioning, a premium Bose audio system, an integrated hands-free Bluetooth system, cruise control, and front fog lights.

Mazda is going full force at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon , presenting a grand total of 10 vehicles at their home auto show. We’re not surprised that one of the vehicles they’re bringing to Tokyo is yet another special edition model of their iconic MX-5 Miata line.

Called the MX-5 NR-A ’Jinbai-Ittai’ - translate, Jinbai-Ittai means "horse and rider becoming one" - this special race-spec Miata is a lightweight, two-seater, open-top sports car that has been finished with unique exterior graphics to go with a grocery list of new equipment, including TAKAT four-point seat belts, new Bilstein dampers, Endless brake pads, and a new set of 16" alloy wheels from ENKEI that have been wrapped in Bridgestone tires.

Mazda has been tight-lipped on all the other modifications and enhancements given to the MX-5 NR-A ’Jimba Ittai’. Nevertheless, you can expect more details about this special edition, race-spec Miata to be released leading up to the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon before the event opens its doors this coming January.

Mazda Takeri Concept

With the debut of the new Takeri Concept , Mazda has revealed the design language for their future Mazda6 sedan, but that isn’t the only new model the Japanese company has in their future plans. In a recent interview with Automotive News, Robert Davis - Mazda’s Senior Vice President of U.S. operations has announced that the company plans to unveil four redesigned models by 2014.

The first to arrive will be a major update for the CX-5 in the spring of 2012. It will be followed by a redesigned Mazda6 and redesigns of the Mazda3 ,MX-5 Miata , and CX-9 in 2013.

The big news is that these redesigned models will not only receive exterior and interior updates, but new lightweight platforms and new gasoline and diesel powertrains that boost power and fuel economy. By 2016, Mazda also plans to add stop-start, regenerative braking, and hybrid technologies.

The new platform developed for the four new models will be the first one developed solely by Mazda. The company has been using platforms shared with Ford Motor Co. for most of its vehicles, but since Ford sold its stake in Mazda Mazda in 2006, the Japanese company has announced it has no plans to share its new platforms and powertrain technologies for U.S. vehicles with Ford.

Here’s a vehicle that may be sporting an orange and black combination, but has nothing to do with the spooky and wicked Halloween season. This is the Mazda MX-5 Super20 , a vehicle whose name may sound a bit familiar due to Mazda’s entry into SEMA last year. The 2010 Super20 was created to celebrate the MX-5’s 20th anniversary, but this year, Mazda decided to bring a 2.0 version of that same vehicle with a killer paint job and a load of accessories.

The 2011 Mazda MX-5 Super20 features a Hyper Orange Mica exterior paint finish with black stripes to soften the bright blow. The paint job is topped off with a stationary, glossy black hardtop to replace the vehicle’s standard soft-top. The interior has also been modified and now features a color-matched roll bar and black leather seats with suede seat inserts and channel and orange contrast stitching.

The Super20 was also privy to a few performance modifications, such as a DPTune reflashed ECU, a Racing Beat 304-stainless steel header and exhaust, and Racing Beat hollow front and rear anti-roll bars. These features were joined by an ACT organic street clutch, MazdaSpeed coil overs and a shock tower brace, Power Slot slotted brake rotors, StopTech stainless steel brake lines and street performance brake pads, and SpeedSource front brake ducts. The MX-5 Super20 was finished with black 16-inch Enkei RPF1 twin-spoke racing wheels, Toyo Proxes RA-1 245/45ZR16 high-performance tires, and 20mm H&R Track+ bolt-on wheel spacers in the rear and 15mm Sparco wheel spacers in the front.

From the looks of things, we think Mazda threw together the Super20 last year and decided to really work hard this year to present a Super20 worthy of being called a celebratory vehicle.

UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added new images of the MX-5 Super20 from the SEMA Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery provided!


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