The RF also gets a unique charcoal gray paint job.
Mazda Design will show off the styling MX-5’s versatility at November’s SEMA show with a pair of tuned examples with very different styles. The MX-5 RF Kuro focuses on style, and the Speedster Evolution is all about performance.
The Speedster Evolution is the bigger attention grabber of the pair and is an even more hardcore take on last year’s Speedster. Mazda engineers manage to take the stripped down roadster’s weight down by over 100 pounds (45 kilograms) from last year’s 2,078-pound (943-kg) vehicle. With the weight somewhere below the 2,000-pound (907-kg) mark, this sports car would probably be quite a canyon carver. Mazda enhances the minimalist aesthetic by painting the tuned Miata White Ether and using black accents.
Rather the stripping down for maximum speed, the MX-5 RF Kuro is the more fashionable member of this pair. Kuro means “charcoal” in Japanese, and it wears a concept paint colour that’s dark gray with a semi-matte metallic finish. The result is a roadster that would look great during a drive at dusk. In addition to the unique shade, Mazda also fits a set of 17-inch Rays wheels in a matching tone. The sole performance upgrade is an adjustable suspension that comes from the Global MX-5 Cup cars.
While it’s conceivably possible a shade like the one on the Kuro could arrive in showrooms, don’t expect a windshield-less Miata, unless you want to saw it off yourself.
The aftermarket can already help drivers who want to get more out of their MX-5, though. For Example, BBR in the United Kingdom has a kit that bumps the engine’s output to 214 horsepower and 183 pound-feet of torque – a healthy upgrade over the stock 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque.
If you have $51,775 (approx. $69,000 CAD) in addition to the price of buying an MX-5, then Flyin' Miata in the United States can install General Motors' LS3 6.2-litre V8 with a more-than-adequate 525 horsepower. The kit also adds a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox to handle the massive increase in power. The setup only adds 264 lb (120 kg), so acceleration would likely be extremely brisk.