Bring Your Goggles: The MX-5 Speedster Concept

I’ve always thought Mazda’s booth at the SEMA Show has been located in weird spot. Unlike the huge, impossible-to-miss displays that most OEMs bring out to Las Vegas, Mazda can always be found hidden away in the North Hall, surrounded by audio companies and other booths specializing in interior accessories.

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But once you do find your way to Mazda’s small display, chances are you’re going to see something cool. This year the company brought out a pair of custom ND MX-5 lightweight concept cars, the Spyder, and this, the Speedster.

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The MX-5 has always been about simplicity and the pure joy of driving, and this concept takes those feelings and amplifies them several notches. Its design was inspired by the look of 1950s-era speedsters, but beyond the exterior it’s infused with all the high-tech DNA that makes the new MX-5 such a wonderful driver’s car.

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Without a doubt, the Speedster’s most significant modification is the complete removal of the windshield, with a custom-built carbon fiber panel taking its place.

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The interior includes a number of unique tricks, like leather upholstery that gives the modern cockpit a classic look. Behind the seats sits a custom-formed, double-humped panel and roll bar setup.

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Other unique touches include new body panels, a custom center-exit exhaust from Racing Beat, and a very nice exterior shade called Blue Ether which really sets the whole car off.

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Also helping in the driver enjoyment department are set of adjustable KW coil-overs and sticky Kumho slicks mounted around 16-inch Gram Lights 57Extreme wheels from RAYS.

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This isn’t the first windshield-less MX-5 we’ve seen, but there’s something about the styling of the 2016 ND that lends itself perfectly to this treatment.

While it’s nearly impossible for a concept of this type to ever reach production, the MX-5 Speedster is the perfect embodiment of Mazda’s’ Driving Matters’ motto. Check out the video above to see how the Speedster (and Spyder) came together.

Mike Garrett
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mike@speedhunters.com

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1

Why aren't we funding this?

2

this just looks like a jaguar ripoff?

3

Looks cool, though I think most of the dashboard would get ruined if it rained, make everything waterproof

4

I'm more drawn to the spyder than the speedster because the spyder can actually happen.

5

Is the thread on the tires directed the wrong way?

6

reminds me of the cc100

7

Beautiful

8

drowning How exactly?

9

best wheel to sidewall ratio I've seen in YYYEEEAAARRRSSS........... stance crowd take note....... that's how it's done

10

Is there really a bigger market for the frontwindow-less miata than a coupe?
MX5 with a actual roof I would buy in a heartbeat. This slow four-wheel motorcycle.. not so much.
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11

While I like the idea of a windshield-less car, there is one thing that is slightly more important to block: Rocks.

There have been 5 or more times I have been on the road either as a driver or a passenger, when a big duelly truck slings a massive stone at the windshield, leaving a nasty looking crater. These rocks appeared to be human-seeking missiles that were only thwarted by the windshield.

Now imagine that that chunk of road doesn't have a windshield to intercept it. Hope your goggles are shatter-proof, if it even hits your goggles...

12

Needs more fender mirror

13

RotaryNissan Helmets are a thing

14

@Wade3566rf  Fender mirrors are love! Fender mirrors are life!

15

It looks agressive ! But needs To be more ! A discrete rear wing Will finish it. But it's a Nice work.

16

DavidFRogers drowning  Take a close look at the cc100; it was my immediate thought as well. Though, this would be the more affordable... AND most likely considered the natural progression of other speedster concepts before it. This takes MANY design queues from the cc100; only putting a Mazda twist on them. One cannot show enough proof of this project developing under Mazda's own originality. All things being equal, I'd pick one up in a heart beat if the opportunity presented itself :)

17

It looks like Jaguar or something.

18

Jaguar was the first name that popped into my head until I saw the emblem. 
Has a Speed Racer feel to it, being open like that and such.

19

RotaryNissan It seems to be a track oriented concept, hence the slicks...

21

dck drftd well when you buy one you can add one, it doesnt need to be anything more than what it is.

22

Eh... What about motorcy

23

It needs a short windshield. That and the color is bland, like something you'd paint a house.

24

DavidFRogers drowning

The tail lights, exhaust, general design has bits and pieces that look similar. then when you look at cc100 it looks similar. This wasn't meant to sound bad, it was more a compliment that it looks good, and harks back to good British design.

25

The silver Spyder in the video looks idiotically good. Damn!

26

I don't believe in buying new cars since they depreciate. But that silver Spyder I would get brand spanking new, the bikini top is the icing on the cake!

27

EXTREMELY disappointed that the Spyder probably won't make it into production :( that car is such a beauty.

28
RichieTipsyKariuki

Seats look like ass. If they were trimmed with something else, anything else, then not so bad...Anyways I'm nitpicking. Looks tits in general!

29

abezzegh87 Smokin' TDI swap

30

MPistol 225/50r15. Duly noted.

31

I love it but no windshield - does this mean goggles and gloves?

32

Urgh. Why?

33

Yeah, if it had a white circle on the door, in that hue it reminds me of the. jaguar Project 7 (minus the windscreen). Also the rear centre exit exhaust screams V6 F-Type

34

I used to hate the new MX5, but with that Matte Grey colour, I have to take my words back... That is super sexy!

35

I never understood the idea of removing windscreens, despite being very vehement about fairing deletes for motorcycles.

36

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