Although the Mazda MX-5 Miata offers enthusiasts much to love, there aren’t too many drivers out there writing paeans to its power. It’s not that the car is exactly slow, but its combination of 167 hp and 140 lb.-ft. of torque—even in a roadster weighing under 2,500 lbs.—means that it’s not exactly fast, either. And that’s particularly the case in today’s automotive landscape, where even cars like the 2012 Toyota Camry can be noticeably quicker from 0-60 than the Miata.
That leaves Miata owners two options when it comes to bragging rights: Either fall back on the ol’ “yeah, but it handles like it’s on rails” boast or contact the automaker and exhort it to put the new Mazda MX-5 GT Concept into production. This ultra-lightweight Miata show car shows off 205 hp, and it’s making its debut at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed in England “to test customer reaction to a high-performance version of the iconic sportscar.”
(The Goodwood event, held on the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England, is an annual hill climb-style competition known for drawing an especially eclectic range of international entries. This year’s Festival will run from June 28-July 1, with organizers noting that: “The world’s great celebration of car culture will be even bigger for 2012, with a record number of Formula One drivers and teams, classic vehicles, planes, and bikes galore in attendance.”)