2015 Mazda MX-5 Speedster A week ago, Mazda provided a glimpse of the MX-5 Spyder and Speedster for the SEMA Show in Vegas. The ongoing SEMA Show, which takes place on an annual basis, is the largest specialty automotive product and tuning trade show in the States.

Mazda U.S.A. has teamed up with various aftermarket parts suppliers to create the MX-5 concepts, just for SEMA. The collaborations with suppliers gave Mazda North America a clean sheet to show how the aftermarket can go wild with the most popular roadster speedster in the world. The MX-5 Concepts, based on Mazda’s popular fourth-generation Roadster, take the MX-5’s lightweight fun-to-drive roadster doctrine a step further, reducing even more weight while accentuating open-air driving. Furthermore, the Concepts with uncompromising designs are purposeful to highlight the core strengths of the Mazda roadster.

Taking inspired themes from vintage roadsters, the MX-5 Spyder features a bikini top, Mercury Silver exterior, carbon fiber aero kit, grille intake, lightweight 17-inch Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II wheels and a Spinneybeck PRIMA natural full-grain leather interior.

The MX-5 Speedster, on the other hand, pares the roadster back to the bare essentials; it even has a deflector in place of the windscreen, for an old school wind-in-the-hair sports car experience. Mazda took its weight-cutting passion to extremes with for example carbon fiber doors and seats as well as custom 16-inch RAYS 57 Extreme Gram Lights wheels. The Speedster tips the scales at only 943kg, and is also 30mm lower than the production MX-5, thanks to an adjustable coilover suspension.

The MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster are on display at Mazda’s stand in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, from now till 6 November.

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Mazda MX-5 Spyder and Speedster specifications:

MX-5 Spyder

Engine: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT
Wheels: Custom Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II 17 x 8 (42mm offset)
Brakes: Front Brembo four-piston calipers with vented rotors
Tyres: Yokohama ADVAN A048 225/45/17
Shocks: Adjustable coilovers
Weight: 1,043 kg
Exterior colour: Mercury Silver
Interior: Seats and doors trimmed in Spinneybeck PRIMA natural leather

MX-5 Speedster

Engine: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT
Wheels: Custom RAYS 57 Extreme Gram Lights 16 x 8 (45mm offset)
Brakes: Front Brembo four-piston calipers with vented rotors
Tyres: Kumho Ecsta V710 225/50/16
Shocks: K&W adjustable coilover suspension
Weight: 943 kg
Exterior colour: Blue Ether
Seats: Lightweight carbon fibre seats developed by Mu-Len Delta Seat exclusively for the 2016 MX-5, trimmed in black Alcantara