MSM Worldwide Introductions
All MAZADSPEEDs were the left hand drive variant of this vehicle built exclusively for the North American market. The right hand drive variants were produced exclusively for either Japan (as the Roaster Turbo) or Australia (MX-5 SE).
It is believed there are about 15 Japanese Roadster Turbos built that have been exported into New Zealand.
The Mazda Roadster Turbo was shown to the press for for the first time at the Tokyo Auto Salon on October 27, 2003 and was officially introduced on December 24, 2003 as a limited production vehicle (only 350 units) available for sale starting in early February 2004.
It may have been overshadowed a little by the IBUKI concept car which was a slightly customized version of the new NC platform which would be introduced for sale the following year.
Some unique features of the Roadster Turbo
Colours available were Velocity Red, Titanium Grey, Pure White, Sunlight Silver and Grace Green
United States/North America
After shown briefly at the industry-only 2003 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in early November 2003 the North American debut of the car as the MAZDASPEED was at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2004 available for sale in the Spring of 2004. Four thousand three hundred units were to be built and sold through 310 MAZDASPEED-approved Mazda dealers on the continent.
The Canadian introduction of the MAZDASPEED is believed to be at the Vancouver Auto Show in March 2004.
The Australian introduction of the MX-5 SE (Note: The word speed could not be used within a car's name so the model was listed as SE) was at the now defunct Melbourne Motor Show in March of 2004 and was available in Velocity Red, Titanium Grey and Sunlight Silver.
All RHD cars came with white faced gauges (not silver like the MSMs),
side marker lights and model specific emblems
All RHD cars came with black plastic oil filler caps
Show Poster, Mazda Concepts display of three vehicles including the IBUKI roadster (blue vehicle)
Being introduced to Dealers