By Amos Kwon
on 5.23.12
Photo by Mazda

The MX-5 is the quintessential roadster. Balanced, tractable and compliant, it’s a true driving purist’s car. And Mazda churns out special editions of their venerable little roadster like the Alien Mother pops out face huggers. Perhaps the most significant permutation of the MX-5 is the Mazda MX-5 Super20, a one-of-a-kind version that first bowed at SEMA 2010. When we say one-of-a-kind, that’s because it truly is the only one ever made and likely the only one that ever will be.

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Replete with wonderful add ons like a Cosworth supercharger kit, a DPTune reprogrammed ECU but the output number is apparently classified. Let’s just say it’s well north of stock. The zero-to-sixty number is impressive at 5.5 seconds. Good enough for us and considerably faster than the original. But it certainly doesn’t stop there. The modifications run on like a Congressman in filibuster-mode. The Super20 has been lowered and wider fenders have been added. The stock suspension parts have been fully upgraded from the Mazdaspeed parts bin. Black sixteen inch Enkei wheels and competition tires have been added to not just look good but also to attack the track. The aesthetics went through nearly as many changes as the guts, including a great orange and black paint scheme, black decals, a hardtop roof for rigidity and orange contrast stitching on the seats and door inserts. A functional roll bar painted in matching orange was added for good measure.

As a new MX-5 is just over the horizon, the Super20 is a proper balls-to-the wall expression of the most popular roadster in the world. An exercise in what can be done in this ultra-special Mazda project shows us that engineering and creativity run hand-in-hand at Mazda, and that’s most certainly a good thing.

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