Custom options await new MX-5 Miata’s summer launch

Larry Edsall
Special to The Detroit News

The next-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata won’t reach dealerships until this summer, but buyers won’t have to wait very long for some customized accessories for the cars to be available.

At the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show late last year, Mazda unveiled the racing version of the new Miata — the concept version of the Global MX-5 Cup Car, a turn-key, ready-to-race version of the Miata that will be used by the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy and will be eligible for the Global MX-5 Cup racing series.

Then, just a few weeks ago at the Chicago auto show, Mazda showed yet another 2016 Miata concept, this one showcasing potential accessories for the new sports car.

Those accessories included:

■An aero kit — front air dam, side sill extensions, rear bumper skirt and rear lip spoiler, basically the same ones used on the Cup Car concept.

■Brembo brakes — special lightweight but powerful Brembo-brand brakes on the front wheels with red brake calipers at all four corners.

■BBS wheels — forged, black 17x7J wheels by BBS with a 45 mm offset and wrapped with 205/45-aspect tires.

■A luggage rack — made of carbon fiber and thus weighing less than two pounds that mounts on the new Miata’s trunk and is complete with its own integrated Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL).

Mazda won’t commit that such accessories will be available for the new Miata, but automakers use shows such as SEMA and the major auto shows to gain feedback from potential buyers on the acceptance of such optional features.

Because the aero kit will be part of the MX-5 Cup racers, it seems almost certain that it also will be offered for street use. Ditto the brakes and wheels. And a lightweight luggage rack with integrated CHMSL also figures to be something buyers of old and new Miatas will want.

Speaking of the new Miata, Mazda is taking the car back to its roots, shortening the car by 4.1 inches to make it about the same size as the original, and also reducing curb weight by some 150 pounds to enhance handling and to reduce the workload on the 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Larry Edsall is a Phoenix-based freelance writer. You can reach him at