Mazda CX-5 180

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.

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Mazda CX-5 180

The CX-5 180's 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine has been untouched with the exception of a Racing Beat dual exhaust. Custom 20-inch wheels and blue paint with graphics finish the exterior updates.

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Mazda CX-5 180

The 180's roof rack is a Mazda OEM accessory and is holding a pair of Burton Cheetah snowboards and a Rusty surfboard atop the roof. Now, where can I go to surf and snowboard in the same day?

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Mazda CX-5 Dempsey

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.

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Mazda CX-5 Dempsey

The Dempsey features a combination of glossy and matte black paint with grey, red, and white accents. Mazda Design wheels sit below and a Thule cargo box sits atop this custom CX-5.

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Mazda CX-5 Dempsey

The bicycle rack is of Thule design and connects to Mazda's OEM hitch. Perched atop the rack is a Specialized Bicycle S-Works Tarmac SL4 Red.

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Mazda CX-5 Urban

The CX-5 Urban also features custom matte paint with multiple shades of black that lend it a stealthy appearance.

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Mazda CX-5 Urban

The 22-inch Ace Alloy Scorpio wheels are finished in -- you guessed it -- matte black.

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Mazda CX-5 Urban

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.

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Mazda CX-5 Safety Car

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.

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Mazda MX-5 Super 25

It looks the part, but the Mazda MX-5 Super 25 is only a concept, not an actual race car. Although, the Volk Racing TE37 wheels shod in BFGoodrich g-Force R1 tires are probably up to the task.

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Mazda MX-5 Super 25

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.

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Mazda MX-5 Super 25

This four-lamp pod is a custom Mazda design and houses PIAA 40 Series and 510 Series halogen lights.

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1990 Mazda 787

Mazda fans interested in an actual race car could stop and gawk at this 1990 Mazda 787 prototype racer.

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