Mazda Drop-Head Coupe Concept Graces The MX-5 With A Carbon Fiber Hard Top

The Tokyo Auto Salon kicks off next month and Mazda has quietly unveiled an assortment of models bound for the event.

Kicking things off is the Mazda3 Custom Style which is based on the all-new model that debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month. Mazda didn’t say much about the vehicle, but the hatchback has been equipped with aerodynamic styling package that appears to include a front splitter, extended side skirts and a gloss black rear bumper.

The car also features 18-inch BBS wheels and a modestly revised interior that has been outfitted with sport pedals and special floor mats.

While the show gives us our first look at a customized version of the all-new Mazda3, the real star of the show will be the Roadster Drop-Head Coupe concept which was noticed by Jalopnik. Based on the MX-5 Miata, the concept has a removable carbon fiber hard top which promises to increase rigidity.

Besides the lightweight roof, the MX-5 has been outfitted with a front splitter, aerodynamic side skirts and 16-inch RAYS wheels. Other modifications include a front tow hook, Recaro seats and aluminum pedals. On the performance front, there’s a new flywheel, a high-performance air filter and a limited slip differential.

Mazda will also showcase modified versions of the CX-5 and CX-8. The former has additional plastic body cladding with what appears to be aluminum inserts. The CX-5 also features an upgraded interior with aluminum pedals, illuminated door sill plates and floors mat with a “deodorizing function.”

The CX-8 Custom Style is slightly different as it features faux skid plates and 20-inch aluminum wheels. Inside, the model has the same upgrades as the CX-5.

The Tokyo Auto Salon begins on January 11th and fans will also be able to check out a couple of MX-5 Cup race cars.

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  • sidewaysspin

    Could’ve made the back window a bit smaller, more stylish.

    • SteersUright

      nah, I”ll take the greater visibility any day.

  • SteersUright

    the MX5 needs a better sounding engine, desperately, as well as sharper and bette sorted dynamics. When I test drove it, it was definitely fun just because of its size and weight. But, it felt floppy, loose, soft, and the buzzy 4-cyl engine simply added no auditory excitement nor drama which, to me, weighs heavily in which sports car to get, decision time.

  • Bash

    I’ll tell you what it is. Beautiful is what it is.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    That MX is to die for.

  • FormerMiataMX5Owner

    Like it… much nicer than the RCF, or whatever….!

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