The Mazda MX-5/Miata has always been one of the most fun to drive reasonably priced sports car out there and after 20 years of entertaining enthusiast drivers, it is still among the most fun and sought after cars. In celebrating 20 years of the MX-5/Miata, Mazda revealed a special edition JDM only 20th Anniversary version and it continues to celebrate with this, the Superlight concept.
To be put on display at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the car is touted to be a “pure show car” and no inference has yet been officially made of its likely future.
After a massive weight loss program that included the removal of the windscreen (it’s a concept, remember?) and the inclusion of a sporty chassis, the Superlight naturally has improved driving performance, handling, fuel economy and also CO2 emissions.
It’s not known which engine will power the Superlight but there’s speculation that – if produced – it will feature either a 1.8-liter or a 2-liter petrol unit. Both have relatively good power to CO2 emissions ratios but there’s also news that Mazda could just surprise us with something completely new.
Since production began 20 years ago, over 860,000 units of the MX-5 have been sold in about 60 countries, that makes it the most popular two-seat sports car ever. In times of high oil prices and increased eco pressures, the small and light sports car seems to be the way to go, so this could just be Mazda’s way of gauging market response to such a car. I figure there are chances for the Superlight to make it to production, just don’t expect it to be so extreme, expect a windscreen and two seats.