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Mike Stevens | Sep, 12 2009 | 9 Comments

MAZDA HAS TODAY shared brand new images and details of its MX-5 Superlight concept. These join images released early last month giving the first glimpse of the concept's rear quarter and a sketch of its interior.

Set to star for Mazda at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show, the concept has been developed as something of a birthday present to itself, celebrating 20 years for the popular MX-5 sports car.

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The MX-5's folding roof stand, door handles and front windscreen have been replaced by a revised rear deck with streamlined rollbars, smooth door-skins and a dash-top that melds seamlessly with the bodywork.

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The MX-5 Superlight - as its name suggests - has been built as a study for advanced lightweight construction techniques.

With no windows nor the weight of a folding roof, the MX-5 Superlight concept weighs in at just 995kg.

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Bilstein suspension, Eibach springs and a 30mm lower ride height should ensure a drive as dynamic as the car's styling suggests.

Motivated by the same 1.8 litre petrol engine and five-speed transmission of the road-going MX-5, a claimed 8.9 second sprint to 100km/h shaves a second off the regular model's time.

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Four-piston fixed calipers and cross-drilled brake discs big enough to require a 50mm widening of the car's track sit behind the same 17-inch alloy wheels of the current MX-5

Designed at Mazda's European studios in Oberusel, Germany, the MX-5 Superlight is understood to be a commemorative project to celebrate the MX-5's 20th anniversary this year.

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Mazda says the MX-5 Superlight is strictly a concept-only, but as a study on improving weight reduction across the brand's range, the Superlight may be a sign of things to come from Mazda.

 

Technical Specifications

Body Type: Roadster Monocoque

Seating capacity: 2

 

External Dimensions:

Overall length: 4,020 mm

Overall width: 1,720 mm

Overall height (unloaded): 1,110 mm

Wheelbase: 2,330 mm

Track (front/rear): 1,540/1,545 mm

Ground clearance: 106 mm

Engine: MZR 1.8-litre petrol

Max power: 126 PS (93 kW) at 6,500 rpm

Max torque: 167 Nm at 4,500 rpm

Transmission: 5-speed manual

Front/rear suspension: Double wishbone/Multi-link

Damper (front/rear): Bilstein monotube

Tyre size: 205/45 R17

Brake type (front/rear): Ventilated discs/Solid discs

Brake diameter (front/rear): 300/280 mm

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.9 s

Fuel consumption (combined): 6.3 l/100km

CO2 emissions (combined): 150 g/km

Min. kerb weight (without driver): 995 kg

 
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