Mazda has released details of its MX-5 Superlight concept.
It was the star of the Frankfurt Motor Show, the concept has been developed as something of a birthday present to itself, celebrating 20 years for the popular MX-5 sports car.
The MX-5’s folding roof stand, door handles and front windscreen have been replaced by a revised rear deck with streamlined rollbars, smooth door-skins and a dash-top that melds seamlessly
with the bodywork.
The MX-5 Superlight – as its name suggests – has been built as a study for advanced lightweight construction techniques.
With no windows nor the weight of a folding roof, the MX-5 Superlight concept weighs in at just 995kg.
Bilstein suspension, Eibach springs and a 30mm lower ride height should ensure a drive as dynamic as the car’s styling suggests.
Motivated by the same 1.8 litre petrol engine and five-speed transmission of the road-going MX-5, a claimed 8.9 second sprint to 100km/h shaves a second off the regular model’s time.