Mazda is already developing an all-new MX-5, but before they let go of the current generation they’re milking it for all it’s worth. Here’s another concept version of the car, made for the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, inspired by their fairly successful MX-5 GT race car and powered by a 205bhp normally aspirated 2.0-litre Mazda petrol engine. Mazda wants to see people’s reaction to a high performance super Miata.
So does that mean we’re going to get a performance version of the current MX-5? Only time will reveal the answer to that question. This GT Concept also gets an uprated suspension system with adjustable settings for track use, a carbon aero package with a front splitter, fender flares and a rear diffuser as well as a bootlid spoiler, plus a sport exhaust system with central pipe, which looks and sounds better than the standard setup.
Inside the cabin the GT benefits from Recaro seats and a number of carbon enhancements that help reduce weight. Road slicks and body-coloured roll hoops behind the seats are other features of this fabulous little car.
So if you’re visiting Mazda’s stand at Goodwood FoS, forget about the Takeri concept or the CX-5 crossover, just show a great deal of enthusiasm to this baby, maybe that convinces Mazda to put it into production.
Mazda has also entered the World’s fastest and most powerful MX-5 in the Goodwood hillclimb, an MX-5 GT4 from the British GT Championship.