Mazda MX-5 Miata Yusho

Mazda unveiled two special Mazda MX-5 Miata roadsters at the Leipzig Motor Show, Germany – shown in these renderings. First we were tempted by a supercharged version of the two-seater sports car – the Yusho, but then all hopes are dashed and we are reminded that this is only a concept. The second car is a more down to earth special edition, this one – the Senshu, will sell in a limited run of 200 cars.

The idea of a factory built hot Mazda MX-5 has been with us for many years but has never become a reality with regular special edition models only offering equipment packages and minor visual changes. This disappointment aside, the MX-5 Yusho (meaning ‘victory’ in Japanese) is something rather special. The standard two litre MZR engine is boosted by a supercharger from North American MX-5 tuning specialists Flyin ‘Miata. The compressor and intercooler combination are supported by a modified engine management system and new fuel injectors and special Cosworth pistons. A unique exhaust was designed for the car with metal sport catalysts and centrally positioned double tailpipes, the acoustics of which can be adjusted Aston Martin style by a control valve.

The result is a a power output of 177 kW/241 hp and peak torque at 5400rpm of 274 Nm, making it good for a 240 km/h (150 mph) top speed. There is a 6 speed manual transmission with adjusted final drive ratio and a sports clutch to manage the extra power, while lowered springs, Bilstein shock absorbers and semi-slick tyres will help keep it on the road.

The bodywork is wrapped in matt white film but visually it is fairly subdued – which we rather like. Just the rear spoiler and beefy tailpipes nod at the additions beneath the bodywork. The interior follows suit with only a suede covered steering wheel rim and Recaro seats.

The Senshu version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0 Roadster Coupe is a more realistic car for most drivers and while it lacks the engine enhancements of its brother it does come with an enviable package of extras including lowered Bilstein sports suspension, sports aluminum pedals, xenon headlights, automatic climate control and cruise control.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Senshu

There are various visual enhancements too with dark alloy wheels, special graphics and a black rear diffuser. Inside, the light grey leather interior comes with five-stage heated seats.

The Senshu name (meaning ‘player’ in Japanese) was voted by the mass wisdom of Facebook.