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2016 Mazda MX-5 Speedster Evolution

2016 Mazda MX-5 Speedster Evolution

Last year’s barchetta-style Miata loses weight, gets new paint job

At the 2015 SEMA Show, Mazda wowed the MX-5 Miata fanbase with the Speedster Concept. Essentially a barchetta-style interpretation of the roadster, the Speedster Concept also showcased a more aggressive exterior and performance-enhancing chassis components on top of being significantly lighter than the standard MX-5. The vehicle was a hit with Miata enthusiasts, but the Speedster never made it into production, Mazda instead opting to launch the targa-roof RF model. A year has passed since the Speedster Concept made its official debut and it appears that Mazda didn’t quite abandon the idea, creating an improved version for the 2016 SEMA Show.

Dubbed MX-5 Speedster Evolution, the new concept is exactly what the name describes: a revised variant of the previous barchetta-style Miata. Following last year’s SEMA Show, the MX-5 Speedster went to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and then returned to Mazda Design Americas, where the team that created it experimented to see just how much lighter they could make it.

Mazda shaved an additional 100 pounds from the first concept, which accounts for a total of 350 pounds — or 15 percent — from the original MX-5 soft-top model. The Speedster Evolution now tips the scales at 1,980 pounds, making it the lightest road-legal MX-5 based on the current generation model. The new concept was also inspired by the MX-5 Global Cup race car, receiving features otherwise not available for street use. Needless to say, this is a pretty package and an exciting prospect as far as future production models go.

“With MX-5 Speedster Evolution, our goal was to further deliver the essence of what MX-5 has represented for the past 27 years — lightweight engineering and pure driving joy,” said Design Manager Ken Saward, the man who headed the project. “In the future, we might see if there is anywhere else we could take out weight.

Updated 11/01/2016: Mazda unveiled the new MX-5 Speedster Evolution concept at the 2016 SEMA Show.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Kuro

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Kuro

Activating stealth bomber mode on the best-looking ND MX-5 to date

When Mazda pulled the sheets on the MX-5 RF back in March, I’m pretty sure the U.S. Geological Survey picked up a few tremors caused by worldwide jaw dropping. Adding an absolutely gorgeous retractable fastback roof to the already supremely excellent fourth-gen ND MX-5 was an inspired move on Mazda’s part, as evidenced by the fact all 1,000 examples of the Launch Edition were scooped up just a week after going on sale. Now, with SEMA just around the corner, the zoom-zoom brand is giving us a peek at a new concept based on the 2017 MX-5 RF, and it looks to take the new styling even further with a fresh paint job, new wheels, and upgraded suspension. Say hello to the Kuro.

While the Kuro is certainly one of the milder creations slated to appear on the Vegas show floor this November, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. The name is a reference to the car’s color, with the Japanese word Kuro translating into English as “black” or “dark.” Mazda says it means charcoal, so I guess I’ll default to that.

The Kuro joins the MX-5 Speedster concept as part of Mazda’s SEMA lineup this year, with the latter vehicle bearing a stripped-down curb weight and motorsport-inspired approach. By contrast, the Kuro seems more focused on achieving a certain aesthetic, although it should be noted the fastback still gets a little extra performance under the skin.

Both concepts come from the brains over at Mazda Design Americas, and were designed and built in Irvine, California. Look for the Mazda concepts to make their formal public debut at the 2016 SEMA Show on November 1st, but for now, read on for a little more info on the Kuro.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Spyder Concept

2016 Mazda MX-5 Spyder Concept

The Mazda MX-5 has always been pretty clear about what it is. Mazda’s modern-day homage to the classic British roadster has been a single-minded vehicle since its inception, and not prone to being watered down by committee design. Just the same, Mazda has elected to take the MX-5 “back to its roots” with a pair of modified cars at this year’s SEMA show.

The MX-5 Spyder is the more genteel of Mazda’s two show roadsters. With this car, Mazda has taken the classic-roadster link as far as it possibly can, adding vintage touches like bespoke leather and artistic detailing to remind viewers of the British, Italian and Japanese sports cars from sports-racing’s heyday. The MX-5 remains the closest modern car to the classic open-air motoring experience, with lightweight construction and minimalist styling. The MX-5 Spyder has been lightened compared to the production car, and features unique exterior details as well.

Updated 11/04/2015: Mazda displayed the MX-5 Spyder concept, along with its companion the MX-5 Speedster, at its booth at the 2015 SEMA show.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Speedster Concept

2016 Mazda MX-5 Speedster Concept

The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is so new that it barely arrived in U.S. dealerships. Between its official U.S. launch in November 2014 and on-sale date, however, Mazda introduced no fewer than three iterations of the sporty roadster. The MX-5 Cup Racecar broke cover at the 2014 SEMA Show, the Accessories Design Concept surfaced at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, and the MX-5 RS arrived as a Japan-only model in early 2015. With 2016 just around the corner, Mazda has announced plans to showcase two more concept cars at the 2015 SEMA Show, one of which is the MX-5 Speedster.

Mazda describes the concept car as a "vastly different take on the fourth-generation MX-5," adding that its designers "wanted to see what they could do if that idea was taken to the extreme."

Even though it’s by no means extreme, the Speedster is an intriguing concept car that received enough aftermarket parts and modifications to be worthy of an event such as the SEMA Show. At 2,080 pounds, it’s also no fewer than 252 pounds lighter than the standard model, which, coupled with its race-inspired looks, makes it the perfect weekend track toy.

Updated 11/03/2015: Mazda unveiled the MX-5 Speedster Concept at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

2015 Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is an impressive car from any standpoint. It is the best-selling roadster in the world, it’s the most produced roadster of all time and it is also the most road-raced car in the world. With the all-new, fourth-generation Miata arriving soon, Mazda has seen fit to grace the world with a new MX-5 Cup model. And I really mean grace the world. After years of being a U.S.-only, one-make race series, Mazda is opening up the MX-5 Cup races to Europe and Asia as well.

The new car builds on the decades of racing experience that Mazda has accumulated running its one-make racing series and puts it to use to create the best racer to ever wear the MX-5 badge. The car is fully race prepped with a roll-cage, stripped interior, new wheels, competition rubber and a full body kit. If you want one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get into real road racing, the Mazda MX-5 Cup car is your best bet.

Mazda just released the newest version of this machine at SEMA, and short of things like horsepower ratings, we have all the major details about this open-top racer. Just hop past the break to check it all out.

Updated 10/01/2015: Mazda announced prices for its new MX-5 Cup race car - Mazda Motorsports’ first-ever ready-to-race Miata. The car is priced at $53,000 and is now available for order at www.MazdaMotorsports.com. First deliveries are scheduled to begin later this year.

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2014 Mazda Club Sport 3 Concept

2014 Mazda Club Sport 3 Concept

Except of course the MPS and Mazdaspeed versions, the Mazda3 is not an overly exciting car, but for the 2013 SEMA Show the model was completely transform, so it now reveals the unbelievable sporty character of the hatchback.

The new Club Sport 3 Concept features a Mazda Design-exclusive Slate White exterior finish combined with a very cool Club Sport paint scheme. This paint scheme includes Metallic Silver lines and Glossy Light Gray and matte Black Mica patterns and some Vibrant Red vinyl across the lines.

Under its hood, the Club Sport 3 concept gets a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine combined with a six-speed manual transmission borrowed from the CX-5 SUV with 20-percent shorter gear ratios.

In order to be worthy of its Club Sport name, the concept was equipped with a Wavetrac helical limited-slip differential for additional torque and a CUSCO coil-over kit. Keeping this hot hatch glued to the road is a set of Rays 57 Motorsport G07FXX 20-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires, measuring 235/35R19. Doing the stopping is a set of Brembo two-piece rotors, measuring 380-by-32 mm squeezed by six-pot calipers. Lastly, a Racing Beat performance exhaust helps improves the engine’s sound.

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2013 Mazda Ceramic 6 Concept

2013 Mazda Ceramic 6 Concept

As Mazda announced few weeks ago, this year’s SEMA Show is all about showing the amazing tuning capacities of its new Mazda3 and Mazda6 models. To help meet this goal, Mazda developed four concept cars, with one of them being the Ceramic 6, which is based on the all-new Mazda6 sedan.

The new Ceramic 6 Concept looks the part of a racetrack-ready car, and it features a nice matte Ceramic White exterior hue littered with Taupe Silver accent stripes. The concept rides on 20-inch wheels in a 10-spoke design finished in Taupe Silver to match the striping.

Sure, the Ceramic 6 Concept may not have any upgrades to its standard engine, but it does feature an array of handling upgrades required to hit the track, including an H&R spring kit and a custom-built Brembo brake system with two-piece rotors sized 380-by-32 mm (14.96-by-1.26-inch) and six-piston calipers.

Additionally, a Racing Beat custom dual-exhaust system helps give the Mazda6 a nice rumble as it tackles a twisty track.

The interior also gets a nice upgrade with premium soft leather combined with intricate stitching and overlapping-weave patterns. The concept combines white with black leather on the steering wheel, arm rests, emergency brake and center console. The steering wheel gets Light White Momo-style stitching and a matching leather strip at the high-noon position.

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2014 Mazda Club Sport 6 Concept

2014 Mazda Club Sport 6 Concept

For the 2013 SEMA Show, Mazda prepared "Club Sport" treatments for both the Mazda3 and Mazda6 that completely transform the look of the models. The Club Sport 6 concept features a menacing Mazda Design-exclusive Composite Grey finish and a Brilliant Black rooftop, combined with motorsport-inspired badging in neutral gray, black and red.

The special Club Sport graphics featured on this concept car have a varying line frequency and width, giving them a sense of movement.

This is the first Mazda6 production model shown to the North American market with a SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter, clean-diesel engine. This engine will be offered on the production version Mazda6 starting the spring of 2014, and it will pump out 172 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque.

The SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter engine did see some use in the Mazda6 during the GRAND-AM Rolex GX Series.

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Mazda Drops the Curtain on its SEMA-Bound Models

Mazda Drops the Curtain on its SEMA-Bound Models

A lot of companies are bracing for what should be a busy time at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show.

Certain companies are preparing to head to Las Vegas with an armada of concepts and project cars but Mazda is keeping things to a minimum, opting only to send four concepts to the show: two of the 2014 Mazda3 Hatchback and another two for the 2014 Mazda6.

No specific details were given on any of the four concepts, but the images released by Mazda do point to relatively restrained projects compared to what we’ve been seeing from other companies in the past couple of weeks.

The two Mazda3s are designed more aggressively than the Mazda6 counterparts, including one that carries some nice decals and custom graphics that complements the new aerodynamic body it fitted into the vehicle. There appears to be a front splitter, revised side skirts, a new set of black alloy wheels, and high-performance brakes.

Meanwhile, the two Mazda6 models are a little more subdued than their 3 counterparts, including one that looks like it only received a two-tone "pinstripes" paint finish and a new set of wheels. The other one looks a lot more like what we’d expect out of a SEMA-bound model. It also has an aero kit to go with a sleek gray finish, and red and black accents. Black alloy wheels were also added, as were red brake calipers, which were made more noticeable by the "dark" appeal of the sedan.

Fortunately, all our speculations will be put on to rest once SEMA rolls around. For now, though, enjoy these photos Mazda released for us.

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2012 Mazda MX-5 Super25

2012 Mazda MX-5 Super25

At the 2011 SEMA Show, Mazdaarrived with a cool MX-5 Super20 Concept that lit up the stage in Las Vegas. Mazda claimed that the concept was loud, proud, and boisterous with its bursts of turbocharged energy, but that they have brought something even better to the 2012 SEMA Show: the Super25. Mazda claims this new version is better, meaner, and has been crafted with endurance racing in mind.

Such a great amount of attention has been placed on Mazda’s resident sports car because they say the MX-5 Miata "is the epitome of a light and limber sports car that won’t burn a hole through an enthusiast’s pocket." No arguments there, as the MX5 is small, light, and puts up the right kind of competition to other, more expensive sports car. That being said, is this enough to handle such long-distance, weary-heavy racing?

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2013 Mazda CX-5 180

2013 Mazda CX-5 180

There’s something to be said about the Mazda CX-5 if its parent company decides to bring three customized vehicles of the model to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. Apparently, it’s tune-worthy and, judging by the models that are being presented, we’re not about to disagree with that notion.

One of these models is the CX-5 180, a project vehicle that pays homage to the carefree lifestyle of Southern California. The look itself feels like a fresh of breath air, particularly the stylized topographical maps of the iconic SoCal destinations, Big Bear Lake and Point Dume. The front doors are likewise adorned by seasonal statistics for the snow and surf hot spots, including temperatures and even GPS coordinates. Can’t say we’ve seen that displayed on a body of a vehicle before.

The colors, all of which are shades of blue, add a kind of depth to the vehicle’s looks. Dark hues of Midnight and Denim mixes well with lighter shades of Tidal Blue and Bay Blue, creating a vivid look that certainly catches people’s attention. Add dashes of Luminous Red spread across the entire vehicle to indicate roads and it makes up the entire unique characteristic of the CX-5 180. Even the custom matte red finish on the five-point grille adds a touch of aggressiveness while the satin chrome dual exhaust by Racing Beat finishes off the exterior program. And don’t forget the set of 20" black chrome alloy wheels wrapped Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric tires.

Inside, the CX-5 180 was dressed with an Aqua interior leather fitted onto the front and rear seats, the steering wheel, door panels, armrests, and the brake boot. That is combined with contrasting Bright White leather inserts on the door panels, steering wheel, and seats. The steering wheel even has a customized trapezoidal stitching pattern for added flair while french seam accents in red and white stitching appear on the armrests and seats finish off an interior that looks as good as the SUV’s exterior detailing.

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Dempsey

2013 Mazda CX-5 Dempsey

With seemingly every automaker outside of Europe getting into the groove at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, Mazda isn’t going to be left in the sidelines on this one.

The Japanese automaker is on hand in Las Vegas with a steady diet of customized CX-5 SUV’s, beginning with the CX-5 Dempsey.

In case there’s any confusion with what the name is alluding to, it apparently points to one Patrick Dempsey, the hotshot Hollywood actor who also moonlights as a Mazda driver in the Grand-Am series.

In dressing up the CX-5 Dempsey, Mazda opted for a glossy Grey Anatomy paint base with matching strips of Brilliant Black. Adding to the appeal of the SUV are Luminous Red graphic lines with Bright White borders and Black Mica matte finish details on the tailgate that run across the lower portion of the SUV. The CX-5 also carries a Thule Atlantis rooftop cargo box and a bike rack that carries a pretty sick performance called the Specialized Bicycle S-Work Tarmac racing cycle. Yep, that’s the same one used by Russian Olympian Alexander Vinokourov when he raced to the gold medal at the London Summer Games in July 2012. In addition, the specialized CX-5 sits on a set of 20" Mazda Design-customized black chrome alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Latitude Sport all-season tires. Each wheel, in particular, displays a single double-spoke in glossy Luminous Red, a color that Mazda only uses in limited edition cars.

At the rear of the CX-5 Dempsey, you’ll find the S-Works Tarmac SL4 Red that comes with a Carbon Satin carbon fiber frame with Red Keyline highlights and secured by a Thule T2 carrier.

Inside, there’s plenty of modifications to go around, too. Black perforated leather inserts come with gray aniline leather bolsters and red accents. This three-way color scheme is an allusion to the SUV’s dynamic exterior body colors. The interior also received a leather overload with Luminous Red stitching while the full-length decorative panel was custom painted in glossy Brilliant Black with a matching single Luminous Red outline and a Bright White vehicle model imprint. 

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2012 Mazda CX-5 Urban

2012 Mazda CX-5 Urban

SUVs aren’t exactly the kind of cars that attract attention from tuners, but Mazda has shown up to the 2012 SEMA Show with a number of upgrade packages based on the CX-5, just to highlight the amazing customization possibilities for this model. One of these packages is called the CX-5 Urban - a concept car inspired by styles found in fashion and architecture.

The Mazda CX-5 Urban features two shades of Black Mica exterior paint, with the darker shade showing off multi-dimensional shadows in a triangular-like design shape. The dark night appearance of the CX-5 Urban is highlighted by Ore thin pinstripes on the matte black wheels, in the headlamps, and in the five-point front grille. The SUV sits on a new set of 22" Ace Alloy Scorpio matte black wheels wrapped in sticky Nitto Tire NT420s 295/30R20 all-season tires. The last piece of the package is a new Racing Beat dual exhaust.

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2012 Mazda MX-5 Catfish Speedster by Bauer Limited Production

2012 Mazda MX-5 Catfish Speedster by Bauer Limited Production

The SEMA Auto Show is a time for tuning companies to show what they are made of and this year’s event will be anything but boring. We’ve already seen a few of the vehicles that will be headed to Las Vegas this year, but we’ve gotten word of another vehicle scheduled to appear: the Catfish Speedster developed by Bauer Limited Production.

The Catfish is based on a Mazda MX-5 Miata, but shares none of its components. All of the Mazda’s original parts have been replaced by new ones, including a new hood, trunk, doors, bumpers, and a top and convertible frame. The interior was slightly modified to make it possible for the driver to put in stock Miata seats or racing seats of their choice.

The Catfish Speedster will be offered with a standard 1.6 engine or a 1.8 NB Rotrex with over 260hp, but for customers who want a little more push, Bauer will also be offering an LS2 V8 engine. With the Speedster coming in at only 1,500lbs, we can only imagine its performance figures.

The official debut of the new Catfish Speedster will be at the 2012 SEMA Show, with a racing version set to be unveiled in 2013.

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2011 Mazda2 by 3dCarbon

2011 Mazda2 by 3dCarbon

The Mazda Turbo2 won’t be the only green Mazda getting some attention at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show. 3D Carbon has arrived with its own Mazda2 tuning package to share the spotlight. Painted in a very cool Spirited Green Metallic paint, the 3dCarbon Mazda2 is highlighted with a vinyl graphic design courtesy of Sticky Fingers Design and darkly tinted side and rear windows.

The colorful additions to the Mazda2 are joined by a body kit manufactured in a high-pressure polyurethane injection molding. The body kit includes a front air dam, side skirts, a rear lower diffuser, and a Mazda2 Touring-spec upper rear spoiler. The exterior kit is topped off with a new set of 18" FIVE:AD S6:F Gunmetal wheels wrapped with Yokohama S.drive 215/35R18 tires. The vehicle will also be equipped with an Eibach Springs Pro-Kit that improves handling as well as visual appeal.

Unfortunately, 3dCarbon has decided not to match up their exterior modifications with equally pleasing engine updates. In fact, they did aboslutely nothing to increase the vehicle’s output. It’s too bad, it would’ve been cool to see the same 2.3-liter Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) turbo engine found in the Turbo2 displayed underneath the hood of the Mazda2 by 3D Carbon.

Updated 11/09/2011: Check the picture gallery to see new images of the Mazda2 by 3dCarbon from the SEMA Show.

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2011 Mazda5 Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS) Support Vehicle

2011 Mazda5 Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS) Support Vehicle

The Mazda5 isn’t really the kind of vehicle that you’d associate running around the Laguna Seca Raceway so we were a little bit curious to her of one being made for that specific purpose - and be displayed at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show. So consider us surprised to see the beloved minivan get a full-on racing treatment courtesy of Mazda Design.

The first thing that caught our eye about this piece of work of a Mazda5 is the custom graphics on its side that features a map of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS) racing circuit complete with notes and descriptions of the locations of the bathrooms. The custom minivan also received an MRLS logo on the front doors, a striking orange line along the side skirts, lowering springs with height-adjustable perches, and a set of 19" Mazda RX-8 R3-spec forged aluminum wheels, complete with MRLS logo orange dots.

For a vehicle that seems to be as out of place on a race track as a heavyset bouncer is watching the new Twilight movie, the Mazda5 MLRS Support Vehicle does have some endearing and impressive qualities.

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