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by Matt Brogan

You might recall when early last month we posted an article relating to the Mazda MX-5 Superlight which was set to appear at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Well it now seems we don’t have to wait that long with images and some specifications of Mazda’s latest concept hitting the web over the weekend.

The Superlight will be based on the recently updated MX-5, though does away with the windscreen and retractable roof, transforming the roadster in to a two-seat track-day speedster.

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Creature comforts including carpeting and sound-deadening materials, air conditioning and the CD tuner have also been removed while carbon-fibre racing seats replace the standard offerings in a further bid to reduce weight.

Remaining inside the MX-5’s standard steering wheel and instrumentation remain the same though brown leather with aluminium accents provide a little more show for the concept model.

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Under the bonnet the Superlight is powered by a familiar 94kW 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine which although hardly exciting, sees 0-100km/h times of 8.9 seconds thanks to a low kerb weight of just 995kg.

With improved suspension and brake components the Superlight rides of a track some 50mm wider and 30mm lower than the standard model. Thicker anti-roll bars were also installed front and rear.

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The Superlight concept also features 17-inch alloy wheels to hide larger four-pot calipers and slotted rotors.

There’s no word yet on whether the Superlight will make it to production with more news expected in a couple of days.




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