The SEMA diet: lightweight Mazda MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster in pictures

Published: 03 November 2015

Two new lightweight Mazdas
World debuts at SEMA 2015
MX-5 Spyder and Speedster 

Mazda has sent its MX-5 roadster on the SEMA diet - and the lightweight MX-5 Speedster and MX-5 Spyder are the rather tasty results.

They've chunked out a load of bulk from the already-flyweight convertible by some pretty extreme changes, wrought with the help of the tuning fraternity. So the Spyder is fitted with a pared-back 'bikini' roof and lightweight custom 17in Yokohama alloys while the lower-slung Speedster features carbonfibre doors and seats, small 16in rims and even drops the windscreen and hood altogether.

So how light are the SEMA MX-5s?

The Spyder (pictured above, left) weighs 1043kg while the more pared-back Speedster comes in at a feathery 943kg. Both cars are still powered by the bigger 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with regular power, but Mazda has not issued any performance figures for either roadster shown at this week's SEMA tuning fair in Las Vegas.

'Both MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster are uncompromising designs that highlight the core strengths of MX-5,' said Ken Saward, design manager at Mazda North American Operations. 'With the all-new 2016 MX-5, we have a clean sheet to show how the aftermarket can go wild on our flagship sports car while staying true to its mission.'

By Tim Pollard

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