The annual Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas is the cathedral of car culture that allows manufacturers to display their zaniest motoring ideas. This year, Mazda joins the fun with its black and white offerings of the MX-5 roadster with the Speedster and RF Kuro concepts.
First, the Mazda MX-5 Speedster in ‘White Ether’ paint is basically the same model that debuted last year at the same venue. The windscreen-less Speedster is a throwback to the lightweight sportscar from the 50s. This year, the car sheds 45kg, making it close to 945kg.
The clean looking Speedster also receives adjustable suspension and BFGoodrich semi-slick rubbers from Mazda’s own one-make MX-5 cup race series. No earth-shattering power upgrades were made, but the Speedster should live up its name when taken on the track, not forgetting a full-face helmet for the driver of course.
If too much wind is not your cup of tea, then the MX-5 RF Kuro should be fare better in favour. The Kuro, which means “charcoal” in Japanese, is finished in Satin Black Metallic with semi-matte finishing. Like the Speedster, the Kuro also gets adjustable suspension and same tyres.
Perhaps these concepts should give the guys at Mazda Malaysia an idea or two when launching a limited edition variant…