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    M-Speedster Mazda Miata Concept

    Mazda Miata M-Speedster



    After a half decade of top-down thrills, the nimble Miata had attained a cult-like following among driving enthusiasts. To fuel excitement for the popular-but-aging roadster, Mazda's designers were challenged with creating a stylized Miata to gauge public opinion regarding evolutionary changes. Judging from the reactions this car had garnered at auto shows in the year of its showcase, and 5000 subsequent phone calls from excited enthusiasts, the eye-popping M Speedster styling exercise was certainly termed a success.

    The large Hella lamps were considered by designers to be "cheeks," flanking the airdam "mouth." As Tom Matano, executive vice president for Mazda Research and Development of North America, said, "It gives the impression that the Miata is breathing hard during a workout." Meanwhile, the standard pop-up headlamps were replaced with low-profile projector beams from KG-Works for improved visibility and beady-eyed styling.

    The body is enhanced with flared fenders, giving it a svelte Coke-bottle-like shape. Beneath the arched wheelwells are a set of Yokohama AVS 215/50ZR15 tires on 15x7-inch TSW Stealth wheels with custom M Speedster center caps. Along the side of the car, sculpted rocker panels and curved door lines continue the smooth refinement of the Miata's dimensions. At the rear, a decklid spoiler and lower valance complete the body treatment. The chopped Plexiglas windshield blends into small shark-fin glass pieces on the doors. The high-mounted side mirrors are stock units, flipped upside down and used on the opposite sides. The stretched-neck rear-view mirror serves double-duty as a center windshield support.

    Despite its Miata-on-steroids appearance, the Speedster wasn't built strictly for show. It's a fully functional "one-off" touting a catalog's worth of performance modifications. The lowered stance comes from a 1.5-inch drop courtesy of custom-wound progressive-rate springs and adjustable Koni shocks. To further enhance handling, the track was widened a half inch (via the wider wheels), and adjustable anti-roll bars are used fore and aft.

    Under the hood, Mazda's tech gurus added a Lysholm-type (supercharger) compressor, chosen for its instantaneous boost response. An air-to-air intercooler mounted in front of the radiator helps maximize the performance of the supercharger's 10.0 psi of output, which is monitored by an MSD boost-control unit. Internally, the engine is balanced and blueprinted to ensure optimum performance from the stock block, and the pistons were exchanged for ceramic-coated units that can reliably tolerate the increased stresses. To handle the resulting 200-horsepower output, a high-performance dual-friction clutch was installed. The five-speed transmission remains stock, with a 4.1:1 gear ratio and the optional Torsen limited-slip differential.

    Black leather with striking red stitching wraps just about everything in the interior. The body color pours in from behind the seats and over the doors, giving the car an organic, integrated look. Behind the seat, carbon-fiber-lined humps house body-color full-face helmets, emphasizing the firm connection between this aggressive Miata and the racetrack. At idle, the growling exhaust note and faint supercharger whine hint at the car's performance capabilities.

    The M-Speedster concept car bridged the gap between the NA Roadster and the NB Roadster, illustrating not only the platform's potential but giving an exciting glimpse at the future.

    The Quad Low-Pro Headlights were designed and Created by KG-Works

    4 lights with Stanley-made stainless steel rims
    H4R high-wattage bulbs
    Cam for adjustable opening
    Special CIBIE-made harnesses
    Specially designed mechanism unit





    It was Repainted in a Bright Orange Color for the Movie fast & Furious here you can see it at the 25th Anniversary Showcase


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    KG-Works (designer of the quad low pro lights for this car) recently changed their website and some information was lost about this however I saved some of the information on the M-Speedster from their website. Posting it in this thread for safe keeping.

    Quote Originally Posted by KG WORKS
    KGWorks brand was established by a great fan of MIATA, in 1992.
    The Company is distributing one and only selected products manufactured with a passion of representing "beauty of MIATA" and "craftsmanship."
    We innovate products not to give its priority over business, but "embodied in improved designs and functions" and "manufacture products for what we want" are our committed themes.
    Today, as a result our products go beyond meeting customers needs to fulfilling their desires.
    There are many products which have been manufactured and imitated without any permissions.
    "Replacement Top" by AMCO is our own design with repeated examinations by KGWorks. BSP "Lowprofile dual light kit" is also an imitation from the one out of four items we manufactured and exported to the States in 1993. However, a light from "M Speedster" in MRA Chicago Show model is the one we produced.
    There are many other products such as "Wheel Spacer," "Hight Adjust Dumper" as well.
    It may occur and increase to have our products imitations if we represent our site here but furthermore, I would like to introduce our products made by KGWorks.

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    Dam Phat nice thread! The Miata concept cars have always been so interesting yet there is little info.

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    You'd lose your head if that rolled
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    NICE!!! THANKS!!!
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