2010 Mazda MX-5 Superlight

Mazda will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show the MX-5 Superlight concept, a model created to celebrate MX-5’s 20th anniversary. The Superlight concept is based on the facelifted roadster and comes with no windshield, retractable roof and frame.

Mazda MX-5 Superlight

The MX-5 Superlight was built in an attempt to improve driving performance, handling, fuel economy and CO2 emissions. This is combined with a radical exterior design requiring no windshield, and sporty chassis settings for pure roadster driving fun.

The MX-5 Superlight is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that delivers 126 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque and is equipped with a Mazdaspeed cold-air intake and exhaust. Thanks to its low weight: 2,194 lbs, the car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds.

Technical specifications after the jump.

Body Type : Roadster Monocoque
Seating capacity: 2

External Dimensions:

  • Overall length: 4,020 mm
  • Overall width: 1,720 mm
  • Overall height (unloaded): 1,110 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,330 mm
  • Track (front/rear): 1,540/1,545 mm
  • Ground clearance: 106 mm

Engine: MZR 1.8-litre petrol
Max. power: 126 PS (93 kW) at 6,500 rpm
Max. torque: 167 Nm at 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Front/rear suspension: Double wishbone/Multi-link
Damper (front/rear): Bilstein® monotube
Tyre size: 205/45 R17
Brake type (front/rear): Ventilated discs/Solid discs
Brake diameter (front/rear): 300/280 mm
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8,9 s
Fuel consumption (combined): 6,3 l/100km
CO2 emissions (combined): 150 g/km
Min. kerb weight (without driver): 995 kg


5 comments:

I don’t like the car because it doesn’t have frame, windshield and even retractable roof. You’ll feel unsafe while driving this car, and you cannot definitely ride this during rainy days.

Well, the MR series were great cars. Both are equally fun but there is something really fun about a lightweight vehicle with a front engine and rear wheel drive. Its just simple driving pleasure. The MR also delivers great driving pleasure but it does that in a different way. Its about preference.

I would choose an MR if I wanted to modify it. However I would choose the Miata(MX-5, not this joke) if I wanted to keep it stock.

I don’t see why people buy Miatas when you can get a used 00-05 MR2 Spyder and throw in all of the TRD upgrades and rare Japan-spec accessories for the same price. The MR-S is just as fast and fun but more fuel-efficient and reliable. Not to mention the cheaper insurance.

Mazda ruined a good car with this childish concept. 8.9 seconds is what hybrids do. For a vehicle this light, the fuel consumption is nothing to brag about.

Gee, how practical.

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