Chicago 2015: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Accessories Design Concept Arrives

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
chicago 2015 2016 mazda mx 5 miata accessories design concept arrives

Perhaps as way to keep tongues wagging until summer, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata turned up in some new clothes for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

The Accessories Design Concept features components lifted from the MX-5 Global Cup car set to hit the track this season. Said components include: front air-dam; side-sill extensions; and a backside reworked for improved aero.

Brembo brakes help slow the forged BBS wheels around the hairpin, while a carbon-fiber luggage rack with integrated third-brake light allows the driver and a lucky passenger to pack more than just a day’s worth of clothing; the rack also weighs less than 2 pounds.

The concept is also a homecoming for the Miata, as the first-gen version of the iconic roadster bowed in Chicago back in 1989. The 2016 version, meanwhile, is set to hit showrooms this summer.

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  • TrailerTrash TrailerTrash on Feb 12, 2015

    If the Miata is Chick mobile...then I have gotten a firm grasp of my feminine side. ....time for me to start shopping at Neiman Marcus and Nordstroms! Always thought women had better stuff anyway.

    • Art  Vandelay Art Vandelay on Feb 12, 2015

      Many a dude referred to my 90 as a chick car as they climbed into a truck with heated leather seats. Whatever, it was the most fun I've had on 4 wheels to include teenage fun involving the car being parked somewhere secluded.

  • Stanczyk Stanczyk on Feb 13, 2015

    The same problem , whith this car as with Toyota GT86 .. they are underpowered 'sporty-cars' .. , or at least they needs hot-er, cool-er version of base models .. GT86 needs - 250 bhp.., and lighter Miata - 200bhp..(with 6-sec. 0-60 times) to be consider 'sports-cars'.. , because today 'plebean' hot-hatches are much faster !..

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  • Mike Beranek Would you cross this man? No way!
  • Skippity I kinda like styling. There’s plenty of lookalike boxes on the road. Nice to see something unique.
  • Make_light I drive a 2015 A4 and had one of these as a loaner once. It was a huge disappointment (and I would have considered purchasing one as my next car--I'm something of a small crossover apologist). The engine sounded insanely coarse and unrefined (to the point that I wasn't sure if it was poor insulation or there was something wrong with my loaner). The seats, interior materials, and NVH were a huge downgrade compared to my dated A4. I get that they are a completely different class of car, but the contrast struck me. The Q3 just didn't feel like a luxury vehicle at all. Friends of mine drive a Tiguan and I can't think of one way in which the Q3 feels worth the extra cost. My mom's CX-5 is better than either in every conceivable way.
  • Arthur Dailey Personally I prefer a 1970s velour interior to the leather interior. And also prefer the instrument panel and steering wheel introduced later in the Mark series to the ones in the photograph. I have never seen a Mark III or IV with a 'centre console'. Was that even an option for the Mark IV? Rather than bucket seats they had the exceptional and sorely missed 60/40 front seating. The most comfortable seats of all for a man of a 'certain size'. In retrospect this may mark the point when Cadillac lost it mojo. Through the early to mid/late 70's Lincoln surpassed Cadillac in 'prestige/pride of place'. Then the 'imports' took over in the 1980s with the rise of the 'yuppies'.