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Mazda MX-5 Superlight in the driving report: Radical roadster with a hairy chest

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Mazda MX-5 Superlight in the driving report
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R in real time before the men’s world meets was able to get used to the term 'metrosexuality' and its strange expressions, fortunately it is in retreat again. Hardly anyone speaks of David Beckham anymore, the queer guerrilla comedy 'Brüno' flopped at the box office - and the Mazda MX-5 tries to shed the image of women who understand it since the second generation at the latest. For this purpose, the Roadster was put on a strict diet for its 20th birthday and sent to the gym for light muscle building.

Mazda MX-5 Superlight: Roadster with 126 hp base engine

A completely harmless roadster was included to work through the training plan the 126 hp base engine in the Mazda design center in Oberursel a. There he lost, among other things, his windshield, the folding roof, all interior cladding and insulating mats as well as the complete ventilation system. Instead, a roll cage was screwed in, which winds from the front ends of the sills through the interior and ends in two brackets behind the lightweight bucket seats. At the same time, the stainless steel construction serves as an anchor point for the four-point belts.

Toggle and push switches replace the banal ignition key

Lashed into place, there is just enough freedom of movement to initiate the start-up procedure. Because where the radio was once located in a lavish landscape of plastic fittings, toggle and push-button switches embedded in carbon fiber now encourage a witty click-click-clack game that replaces the banal ignition key. The right toggle switch commands the petrol pump to work, the left closes the electrical circuit, and pressing the start button brings the four-cylinder out of its beauty sleep - which, however, sounds more like the difficult awakening after a hard evening with the boys. Completely unusual for the not exactly powerful 1.8-liter engine, it rumbled deeply from the thick tailpipes.

Various measures help the Mazda engine to around 140 hp

A clunk of gas while idling confirms: This copy gargled with bourbon, sang karaoke to Motörhead and his favorite football team bellowed to victory. This allows conclusions to be drawn about the insulation material that has remained in the system taken from the brand's US range of accessories - namely none. The air collector and filter, which shimmers through behind the barred shark's mouth, also comes from the Mazda Speed ​​range. These measures help the engine to around 140 hp - unofficially at least - and the EU homologation officers to nightmares.

Mazda MX-5 Superlight: The driver is almost crouching on the rear axle

So while there is buzzing and crackling from behind, it slurps from the front . The pilot sits in the middle - Mazda MX-5 -typical - with the very best almost directly on the rear axle, thinks “crap, I forgot my hat” - and hears the accelerator pedal reaching the floor pan with a click. The airflow is pleasantly refreshing until the first, as usual, crisp gear change, from the second onwards it pushes the corners of the mouth backward, and after the third, further permanent deformations of the facial skin can no longer be completely ruled out.

The Mazda MX-5 Superlight weighs around 100 kilograms less than the base

Lens lets the acceleration of zero to 100 km /h, which the manufacturer specifies as 8.9 seconds, but nobody faints. After all, the Superlight still weighs 975 kilograms, around 100 less than the base. Subjectively, however, neither a Lotus Elise another Honda S 2000 with the Mazda keep up. The fully operational study offers a driving experience like a small, powerful motorboat without a windshield and side mirror - and it springs exactly like that.

Mazda MX-5 Superlight: Braking system comes from motorsport

The chassis, which is refurbished with Bilstein and Eibach components, wants to conquer curves, but ignore bumps. The Superlight does both really well; But eyebrow pluckers should continue to enjoy the stronger side tilt of the series versions. Even the braking system, which comes from racing, doesn't think much of compromises. With a loud squeak, she makes it clear that she either wants to be kicked or left alone. The verydirect steering and the five-speed manual gearbox, on the other hand, correspond to the state of mass production.

In their new, radical environment, they show how much real, robust roadsters are in every Mazda MX-5 . The Superlight version sees itself as a high-percentage distillate of these talents - of which unfortunately no large-scale bottling is in sight, but at least it is not excluded. Men, be patient a little longer.

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