Mazda MX-5 GT Concept to Debut at Goodwood

Mazda MX-5 GT Concept to Debut at Goodwood

Mazda enthusiasts attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed will get to see the street-legal MX-5 GT running the hill as Mazda uses the event to gauge consumer reaction to the hotter version of its popular sports car.

“The MX-5 has been our best known car for 22 years and with the GT4 and GT Concept on show, we are demonstrating that this car can compete with the more expensive race and performance cars but still remain true to its roots of affordable motoring with a strong focus on the driving experience,” Jeremy Thomson, managing director of Mazda U.K. said.

Still a concept car, the MX-5 GT is built by race specialists Jota Sport and offers 205 hp through a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine. That powertrain will get the chance to show off during the “First Glance” category.

Aside from watching it run the hill, attendees will also get the chance to take a closer look where they’ll see its Recaro racing seats, rear diffuser and spoiler, front-end splitter and black-on-orange color scheme. There’s plenty more under the skin though, including an adjustable suspension for varying track conditions and a central tailpipe exhaust and a number of carbon fiber parts to make what’s already a notably light car even lighter.

GALLERY: Mazda MX-5 GT concept