The Mazda MX-5 Spyder And Speedster Concepts Prove Roofs Are Overrated And So Are Windshields

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Who says Porsche has a monopoly on turning cars into Speedsters and Spyders? Mazda just turned out versions of both for the 2016 Miata for the SEMA show, and I kind of want one. Or both! Make it both.

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The idea behind both is to take the lightweight strategy that makes the new Miata so fun to drive to a new extreme. Mazda has done this before with older previous generations of Miata and now it’s back with updates for the fourth-generation roadster.

First up, the silver Spyder concept sports an ultra-thin fabric “bikini top” from the American Sunroof Corporation, as well as a new body kit, 17-inch Advan wheels and other exterior tweaks. At 2,301 pounds, it drops about 30 pounds off a stock Miata.

But the roofless (and windshield-less) Speedster concept is the weight-savings are really at. The blue concept, with lightweight 16-inch wheels, a custom interior, Racing Beat center-mount exhaust and coilover suspension comes in at just 2,080 pounds. Bet that’s fun.

Which one would you take home?

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DISCUSSION

turbolence1988
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Doesn’t matter which one you take home; they both look great, and someone in the comments will eventually complain that Mazda should have either a) added power, b) made a hardtop, or c) made some mythical sub-$20,000 trim so that they could say they’d buy it used in ten years, but end up getting a midsize sedan in the end because people love to talk about how they’ll spend money they don’t have.