Mazda is introducing a removable carbon fiber hardtop roof for the MX-5 Miata at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon.
First, the Miata came with a folding soft top. For many years, this was all anyone ever knew or asked for of their little affordable roadster. Then in 2016, Mazda introduced the MX-5 Miata RF, the retractable fastback that brought the little Miata into the world of the 21st century by using a feature previously only seen in the most luxurious roadsters.
Now, Mazda is taking the Miata in an entirely different direction by giving it a removable carbon fiber hard top.
Set to debut at next month’s Tokyo Auto Salon, the removable hardtop comes on the Mazda Roadster Drop-Head Coupe Concept (Mazda Roadster being the Japanese name for the MX-5).
Since the Tokyo Auto Salon has historically been a place for car enthusiasts and manufacturers to show off extreme modded rides, Mazda has taken that theme to heart with the Drop-Head Concept. Not only does it come with a carbon fiber roof you can take off whenever you please, it also comes with a few other modifications that make it the sportiest MX-5 to ever hit the streets.
On the outside, the Drop-Head features all new LED turn signals, graphics, a license plate lamp, and a body kit with carbon fiber front lip, side sills, and rear diffuser. To help get your little racer to and from the track, tow hooks have been added to the front and back to make it easier to get it onto a flatbed truck.
On the inside, the MX-5 gets a new limited-slip differential, upgraded air filter, Recaro racing seats, aluminum pedals, and some sporty trim for the dashboard.
But it’s the carbon fiber roof that will likely be the big feature, as it will reduce the MX-5’s already featherweight numbers to something approaching a go-kart. It’ll also lower it’s already low center of gravity, making it capable of taking even more extreme turns at speeds few other vehicles could even contemplate.
It’s unlikely we’ll ever see this carbon fiber roof enter production as an aftermarket part (or even as an available option from the dealer), but we can always dream.