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Mazda Gets in on SEMA Fun With Two Specialty MX-5s

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Ah, the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show—when automakers gather to show off some of the best modifications for their cars available. We have already seen special versions of the Nissan TITAN XD, Scion iA, Kia Forte Koup, a Toyota Utility Vehicle, a crazy off-road Sorento, a couple Camaros, and many, many more.

However, one automaker that we had not heard from before today was Mazda—after the big reveal of the new rotary-engine concept car (and the fact that Mazda was still working on a rotary), it almost seemed like the company had forgotten about SEMA.

It seems that that assumption was wrong. For SEMA, Mazda is bringing out two special MX-5 concepts: the MX-5 Spyder and the MX-5 Speedster.


The first of the pair seeks to translate the style of a vintage roadster in a modern car—the Spyder features a painstakingly crafted leather interior and an exterior painted in a new Mercury Silver concept paint color.

The Speedster is also a bit of a throwback—designers call it an homage to the minimalist roadsters of the 1950s, with design focusing on extreme measures to create a lightweight, purpose-built performance car, equipped with a lightweight air deflector and decked out in Blue Ether paint.

Both concepts are significantly lighter than the stock MX-5, and each feature custom parts (both conceptual and aftermarket) from a long list of companies. The concepts will be on display at the Mazda booth at the SEMA show from November 3rd-6th.