Mazda MX-5 Yusho concept with supercharged 177kW engine

With the all-new Mazda MX-5 roadster still a little while off yet, Mazda has revealed a special MX-5 Yusho concept at the AMI Motor Show in Leipzig, Germany.

The concept features various go-fast additions to the roadster, including a very fat wide-body bodykit, a chunky carbon fibre rear diffuser, and a set of lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels. Front and rear body-moulded spoilers complete the look.

Under the bonnet hasn’t been left standard, fortunately, with Mazda keen on making sure the go matches the show. The engine is a 2.0-litre supercharged four-cylinder unit producing a decent 177kW of power and 274Nm of torque.

It might not sound like much, but as anyone who has ever driven an MX-5 will tell you, the standard car is already lots of fun, even with the stock naturally aspirated 118kW 2.0 litre.

Power is sent through a six-speed manual transmission, and into the rear wheels like the standard MX-5.

Unfortunately, there’s no sign of Mazda planning a market introduction for the Yusho (victory in Japanese) roadster. It’s a shame really, as it would be a perfect send-off for the model before the new generation comes out in 2015.