Mazda MX-5 Spyder Debuts at 2011 SEMA [Photo Gallery]
One example is the Mazda MX-5 Spyder, which has now been fully revealed. The vehicle’s design has been significantly modified through the use of a single-piece soft top, which brings a sleeker profile. This comes with two special locks at the back, which give the project a retro look.
The MX-5 Spyder sits closer to the road, thanks to the use of a lowering suspension, riding on 17-inch, 10-spoke ADVAN RS rims, wrapped in Yokohama AO48 225/45 rubber.
The vehicle’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit has been converted to run on BP isobutanol, a biofuel also used by the Mazda/Dyson Racing American Le Mans Series team.
Mazda claims that the fuel doens’t affect performance and has tweaked the engine in order to demonstrate this, using a Racing Beat header, intake and exhaust tweaks and other goodies. The vehicle has also been fitted with Brembo stopping power.
The cabin hasn’t been neglected either, with the vehicle receiving a tanned Saddle black leather finish for the seats, mixed with Aqua leather and Coal Ash suede inserts, Silk Gray Metallic trimming, as well as a Mazdaspeed short-throw shifter.
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