Mazda Concepts Shine at SEMA
The two concept vehicles that Mazda unveiled at last week’s SEMA show are the perfect contrast of sexy and sinister…
Whether you’re a Mazda fan, car enthusiast or have a soft spot for roadsters, the Speedster Evolution & RF Kuro Concepts that Mazda unveiled at last week’s SEMA aftermarket show will definitely put a smile on your face.
The Speedster Evolution will look familiar to some of you. That’s because it is based on the MX-5 Speedster concept that Mazda revealed at the SEMA show last year.
It’s meant to be a ‘minimalist’ take on the MX-5, according to Mazda, with efficiency and weight saving being the main goals. Now that’s a pretty bold statement considering how minimalist the MX-5 is already.
Nevertheless, the Speedster Evolution is, somehow, lighter and in Mazda’s own words, more “ruthlessly” efficient than before.
It was an impressive moment when the Speedster Concept weighed in at a svelte 946kg last year. But the Speedster Evolution takes slimming even more seriously, tipping the scales at just 901kg. That’s a whopping 15% lighter than a standard MX-5 soft-top.
To achieve this amazing weight reduction, Mazda engineers replaced the Brembo front brakes with those from the MX-5 Sport; swapped out the standard 11kg battery for a much lighter 2kg lithium one; and got rid of the dashboard gauges in favour of digital displays.
Other notable features include 17-inch wheels dressed in BF Goodrich g-Force Rival R1 racing slick tyres and adjustable suspension from the MX-5 Global Cup race programme.
Alongside the Speedster Evolution at this year’s SEMA was the MX-5 RF Kuro Concept. Its main aim was to promote the new MX-5 retractable fastback (RF) ahead of its US debut next year.
The RF Kuro Concept also has some MX-5 Global Cup roots, but it is a more toned down package designed for daily road use. It features Brembo dual-piston front brake calipers; 17-inch forged wheels from RAYS; MX-5 Global Cup adjustable suspension; and a gorgeous semi-matte charcoal paintjob – Kuro is the Japanese word for “charcoal”.