April 23, 2024

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Remember That Wicked Mazda MX-5 Speedster Render? It’s Entering Production!


Back in April 2020, we featured an independent rendering of a speedster version of the first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata. At the time, it was only ever intended as a design exercise, but now a tuning company called Xenex has decided to actually make the car a reality.

The model will be available in three trims levels, but all will feature that exquisite, minimalistic design. Originally penned by Kasim Tlibekov, Xenex said that they saw Carscoops’ coverage of the rendering and decided to get in touch with him last year to license the design and develop a real life version of it.

After a year in development, Xenex says that it has now completed the molds for the body kit and four examples of the car are in production. The company says it’s developing a “high-quality, structurally, paint ready re-body kit” for the car, which it’s calling the “MX Speedster.”

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Available in three trim levels, the first that’s called MX Speedster maintains the first-generation, NA Miata’s original driveline, but removes 250 lbs (113 kg) from the stock weight of the car, before adding the speedster body kit, the optional track-ready suspension kit, the competition Wilwood brakes, and the 17-inch wheels.

For those who want a little more power, the MX Speedster S receives a Fastforward Superchargers forced induction system that pushes the power to nearly 200 hp (149 kW/203 PS). Xenex adds that, since the car weighs less than 2,000 lbs (907 kg), the extra power gives it a very attractive power to weight ratio, and calls it a “true Cobra 289 killer on the track.”

The original renderings from Kasim Tlibekov

Finally, if you’re power hungry, there’s the MX Speedster RS. It throws the Mazda four-cylinder engine out entirely and replaces it with an LS V8 engine that makes more than 350 hp (261 kW/355 PS) at 6,800 rpm. Xenex describes it as a “serious track weapon.”

Unfortunately, pricing and additional details about how the kits will be sold have not yet been revealed, but we have reached out to Xenex for more information. The company says, though, that the first car will be completed on March 1. You can check out the company’s website here.

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