Mazda to Showcase Two Special Miata Concepts at SEMA Show [News]

Mazda MX-5 Miata concepts
Mazda to Debut Two Extreme Lightweight MX-5 Miata Concepts at SEMA (PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

Mazda will be rolling out two special Miata concepts at the 2015 SEMA Show, and they couldn’t be more different.

Based on the 2016 MX-5 Miata, the two concepts take the popular sports car in two vastly different directions.

The first one is the 2015 MX-5 Spyder concept. For this, Mazda designers took the luxury route, essentially transforming the Miata into a modern interpretation of a vintage roadster.

mazda mx-5 miata spyder | 2015 sema show
Photoshop mirror technique used to illustrate MX-5 Spyder

The Spyder has a hand-crafted leather interior and new Mercury Silver paint. From the look of the split-screen photo that Mazda provided, the passenger seat has an old-school canvas cover that give the Spyder the feeling of a single-seat roadster.

The second concept is the 2015 MX-5 Speedster. For this concept, Mazda turned the everyday Miata into a track burner in the same vein as cars like the Ariel Atom and Polaris Slingshot. Emphasis was placed on drastic weight reduction and minimalism. The Speedster doesn’t even have a windshield, instead having a front wind deflector. Only helmeted drivers need apply.

The Speedster is painted in a color called Blue Ether, which is an extremely subtle blue – if the word “blue” wasn’t in the name, it would be nearly indistinguishable from a dark grey.

mazda mx-5 miata speedster | 2015 sema show
Photoshop mirror technique used to illustrate MX-5 Speedster

Both the Miata concepts are lighter than the standard, 2,332-pound Miata. Both concepts come with aftermarket pieces and fabrication from other companies such as Racing Beat, Haartz Corporation, ASC – American Sunroof Corporation, Makin Industries/RAYS Wheels, KW Suspensions, Delta Seat, H&R Springs, Lusch, AC&A Manufacturing, Franks Fab Shop, Long Road Racing and SIM Specialty Interior Manufacturing.

The SEMA Show will run from November 3 through November 6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The concept Miatas can bee seen at the Mazda booth, number 11647 in the north hall.

Check out this TFLcar video review of the normal, workaday 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: