"Yusho" in Japanese means "Victory." The meaning is not hard to grasp with this rendition of the Miata, as the tiny little cabriolet features a whopping 240 horsepower in this concept.
The whole car is a beefed up Miata MX-5 from start to finish. The matte white finish says "racing simple", the 17 -inch alloys are light and airy, and the rear diffuser made of carbon fiber speaks of speed. As you eyeball the diffuser, a glance down shows not one, but two exhaust pipes and they're center mounted. That says power.
The interior is all about refinement, though. An Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel faces Recaro sport seats.
Under the hood is a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine tuned with Cosworth parts and a sport exhaust system. It puts out the aforementioned 240 horsepower at 275Nm of torque, putting the MX-5 Yusho's top speed at 240km/h.
The Miata is due a re-design and we will be seeing a new rendition of the much beloved little car in 2014. Until then, Mazda obviously wants to promote the current version hard to keep sales from flagging. This Yusho MX-5 is a step in that direction. Wining a lot of awards for the little car in its various forms hasn't hurt either, of course.
The MX-5 Yusho was unveiled at the auto show in Leipzig to mixed emotions from audiences. Like many ideas for the MIata, this one is a love or hate release. Some fans hate the idea of so much power inside their favorite cruiser while others think it would be pure joy. Non-fans just dismiss it as more idiocy from those who like the unlikeable.
Whatever the view, the Miata MX-5 Yusho concept is at least outside the box for Mazda as far as this little convertible goes.