Mazda's CX-5 gets a sporting overhaul to go along with its sporty performance at the 2012 SEMA Show. Okay, maybe "overhaul" is a bit strong. These are mostly styling exercises with few power or handling upgrades.
The CX-5 Dempsey is named after actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey. According to Mazda, it was designed with Dempsey's love of motorsports and cycling in mind. Its 2.2-liter Skyactiv diesel engine makes it the torquiest of this CX-5 trio.
While we're going for style, I'd like to see the CX-5 Urban lowered a bit, bringing the Nitto tires into closer proximity to the custom Mazda Design wheel arch extensions and completing the stealthy look.
Not officially a member of the custom CX-5 trio, this CX-5 Safety Vehicle serves pace-car and demonstration-lap duties at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A roll cage, racing seats, and six-point racing harnesses keep passengers safe and performance upgrades help it navigate the Raceway's corners.
A custom roll cage (painted white) is visible through the rear window, stiffening the chassis and enhancing driver safety. Sparco racing seats shod in custom Mazda Design ultrasuede and a Sparco six-point racing harness hold the driver in place while clipping apexes.