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Mazda has revealed an “Accessories Design Concept” of the new Mazda MX-5 at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The Ceramic Metallic white showcar wears an aero kit and bigger wheels and brakes.

The aero kit includes a front air dam, side sill extensions, rear bumper skirt and a rear lip spoiler. The gloss-black add ons are similar to those found on the 2016 MX-5 Global Cup Car that debuted at 2014 SEMA.

The sportier exterior is matched by 17-inch forged BBS alloys wrapped in 205/54 tyres. 17s? Yes, the new MX-5 is all about shaving the grammes and going back to basics, which is why the roadster – over 100 kg lighter and close in size to the Mk1 – comes with just 16-inch alloys as standard. Behind the black rims are Brembo brakes with red brake calipers.

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There’s also a luggage rack not shown here. Made of carbon fibre and weighing less than 900g, the rack mounts to the trunk and includes an integrated high mount stop lamp.

To go on sale this summer in the USA, the American MX-5 will be powered by a 2.0 litre Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine. The naturally-aspirated unit will produce 155 hp and 200 Nm of torque, paired to six-speed Skyactiv manual and automatic transmissions.

The rest of the world gets a 1.5 litre high-compression direct-injected SkyActiv-G petrol engine with 129 hp at 7,000 rpm and 150 Nm at 4,800 rpm. It’s based on the unit that powers the Mazda 2 (114 hp at 6,000 and 148 Nm at 4,000 rpm) but with specific tuning. Power goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed stick shift, or an auto for the cop outs.

Mazda MX-5 on location in Spain

Mazda MX-5 at Paris 2014