Mazda's MX-5 SEMA concepts simplify and add lightness

Not every SEMA concept needs to be the most insane thing on the block.

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Colin Chapman's famous quote, "Simplify and add lightness," is alive at well at Mazda. The company's SEMA concepts, both based on the MX-5 Miata, are simple, and in the case of one, it's lighter than ever before.

Its first SEMA debut is the MX-5 Speedster Evolution. The original MX-5 Speedster knocked approximately 250 pounds off the Miata's curb weight by removing the convertible roof and windshield, among other under-the-skin tricks. The Evolution shaves off yet another 100 pounds, and it's been given a pretty slick white paint job.

On the other side of the spectrum is the MX-5 RF Kuro concept. Based on the hard-topped MX-5 Retractable Fastback, the RF Kuro features a semi-matte black paint job ("Kuro" is Japanese for black). It's rocking a set of RAYS wheels and the hardcore, adjustable suspension from the MX-5 Cup racecar.

The cars strike very different looks, despite both being somewhat straightforward concepts. Mazda's design team in California put both concepts together, and the company claims the designs showcase a "Mazda Premium" experience while paying respects to the automaker's performance pedigree. I don't care if that's true or not. I just think they're some pretty great concept cars, and we'll be sure to check 'em out in person at SEMA next week.

Mazda MX-5 RF Kuro
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Mazda MX-5 RF Kuro