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[PHOTOS] Take a Closer Look at Mazda’s SEMA Concept Miatas

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Mazda SEMA 2016 MX-5 Miata concepts

The SEMA show is now open, and for Mazda that means one thing: we get a much better look at those two sweet Miata concepts that the automaker gave us a sneak peek of before the show started.

Well, the better look is mostly at the slightly older of the two models—the Miata Speedster Evolution. This model started as just the Miata Speedster at SEMA 2015 as a return to the lightweight, no-frills driving experience of 1950s sports cars. However, after the show, the Speedster was taken to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, where it was used to run the 1.16-mile hill climb. Afterward, it was shipped back to Irvine, California, where the design team looked at it and thought, “Huh. I wonder if there’s anything else we can make lighter on this thing.”

The answer was yes. The team took out what remained under the dashboard, replaced the gauges with a digital display, swapped the Brembo brakes for the lighter spec Miata Sport and Grand Touring brakes, and replaced the stock 25.1-pound battery with a Braille GreenLite G20 Lithium battery, which weighs only 4.5 pounds. All in all, an additional 100 pounds were lifted from the Speedster, earning it the new title of the Speedster Evolution, as well as a White Ether paint job.

MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution Gallery

The second concept, the MX-5 RF Kuro, unfortunately does not have the same story behind its development, as it was designed as a sleek, slinky version of the upcoming MX-5 RF. The Kuro concept is equipped with much of the MX-5 Global Cup technology, including its adjustable suspension and Brembo dual-piston front brake calipers. It is painted the semi-matte black metallic color that gave it its name (“kuro” means “charcoal” in Japanese).

MX-5 Miata RF Kuro Gallery

Both vehicles were made from parts available for purchase via, and will be on display until the 4th.