The Goodwood Festival of Speed will kick off later this week, and one of the cars on display during the festival’s famous hill climb event will be this new Mazda MX-5 GT concept. For now, it’s a one-off, but Mazda officials seem keen on gauging customer interest in the performance-oriented package.
The MX-5 GT starts as a stock 2012 Mazda MX-5, which is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The GT’s engine makes 205 horsepower thanks to some tweaks from Jota Sport, and sends that power through the stock transmission. The concept has a stiffer, adjustable suspension setup and slick tires, along with a sport suspension to make the car a bit louder.
That exhaust system has two center-exit exhaust pipes, which stick out below a larger rear diffuser. The car’s other exterior visual upgrades include body color roll hoops, a carbon black aero kit with lip spoiler, side skirts, and a front splitter. The car’s metal body panels are painted a bright shade of orange, and both the hardtop and wheels are black, a la MX-5 Special Edition. On the inside, Jota Sport installed Recaro seats with bigger bolsters and other carbon fiber trim pieces.
Jota Sport and the MX-5 GT will take to the Goodwood Festival this weekend and run the festival’s famous hill climb as an entrant in the First Glance category (alongside other concept cars), but it won’t be the only MX-5 at the event. Mazda will also bring along the Jota Sport Mazda MX-5 GT4. With a 0-60 time of three seconds, the Jota Sport GT4 Miata is the world’s fastest MX-5.
Mazda says that the GT is just a concept at this point, but that it’s “test[ing] customer reaction to a high performance version of the iconic sportscar.” Since Mazda UK took a similar tone with the MX-5 Yusho concept (which supercharged the car’s engine up to 241 hp), and considering that this is the fourth MX-5 concept in twelve months (Spyder, Super20, Yusho, GT), we’d like to think that Mazda is seriously considering making a hopped-up Miata for the consumer market in the run up to an all-new model (which would debut in 2015). At least, we seriously hope that’s the case.