Mazda Reminds Us About Its Obsession With Weight Loss

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Mazda is reminding us about its obsession with weight loss by bringing two MX-5 Miata concepts to the 2016 SEMA Show.

The Mazda MX-5 Speedster Evolution and MX-5 RF Kuro concepts made their debuts in Las Vegas, borrowing style and speed from the Mazda MX-5 Global Cup race car. The MX-5 Speedster was first introduced at last year’s SEMA Show, and for this year, the Japanese automaker’s design team has taken things to a whole new level with the MX-5 Speedster Evolution. Finished in White Ether paint, the concept sheds over 100 pounds compared to last year’s concept, making it approximately 350 lbs lighter than a stock MX-5 stock top and tipping the scales under 2,000 lbs.


Joining the MX-5 Speedster Evolution is the MX-5 RF Kuro concept, which is based on the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Retractable Fastback model that is heading to dealerships early next year. The exterior features a semi-matte metallic concept color that has been developed in-house by Mazda called “Kuro,” which means “charcoal” in Japanese. On all four corners are 17×7.5-inch RAYS forged wheels, wrapped with 214/45/17 BF Goodrich Rival G-Force tires, while the adjustable suspension from the MX-5 Cup has also been bolted on.

According to Mazda, both concepts were conceived by Mazda Design Americas to showcase contrasting directions that create a “Mazda Premium” experience, while paying homage to the company’s performance heritage. Both were designed and built in-house in Irvine, California.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Bgrigg Bgrigg on Oct 26, 2016

    "Somehow" made it lighter? They cut the windshield off and removed the top...

    • Craig Freger Craig Freger on Nov 10, 2016

      Missing the point. Mazda cut the windshield and removed the top last year with their Speedster concept; this is the Speedster Evo -- 100 lbs lighter than that.