Mazda takes a carbon-clad MX-5 to the Tokyo Auto Salon

Meet the MX-5 Drop-Head Coupe Concept
by Stephen Dobie | Jan 13, 2019
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This is the Mazda MX-5 Drop-Head Coupe Concept. It’s being shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon, displaying a new accessory. Namely, a removable carbon-fiber hardtop for when you want a bit of extra protection with less of a weight penalty.

It’s claimed to increase the car’s structural rigidity, too, but we wouldn’t presume by much, given it’s not a fixed item. Whether the soft-top remains fitted beneath is a mystery, but we’d assume it is.

Indeed, beneath the fancy new roof lies a completely standard MX-5 roadster, albeit one with a few flourishes. There are neat little 16-inch RAYS forged wheels, a new clutch and flywheel, a limited-slip differential, and more supportive Recaro seats.

There also appears to be a very subtle little bodykit, with extensions for the front bumper and the side skirts. It’s a neat, focused-looking thing, and one we’d rather like a go in. Even if ‘Drop-Head Coupe Concept’ is a quite grand name for some new wheels and a carbon lid...

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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