0318ctt-Rear-Mazda-6-lores Mazda’s Ceramic 6 concept car makes “ceramic” look good. Credit: Emmanuel McMathis.

On a recent March evening, I ventured out to the Columbus International Auto Show, eager to sit behind the wheel of cars I’ll never need and could never afford (Groupon, y’all).

One car caught my eye—not because of its flashy display or custom chrome wheels, but because of the word “ceramic” emblazoned upon its rear end.

Ceramic? Yes! (To be honest, I not-so-secretly fist pumped and high-fived my way across the floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center for discovering a blog post on the weekend.)

Ceramic? Well…

Upon further research (and a few Internet searches), Mazda’s Ceramic 6 concept car is deceiving because, as far as this gal can tell, the ceramic white paint isn’t ceramic at all. Instead, the satin trim is a nod to the beauty of the craft—an understated yet stately paint job with equally stately (and sporty) silver accent stripes meant to “evoke imagery of flowing fabric and feelings of serenity.” More like a sophisticated gentleman in a white pinstripe suit.

Beyond its matte-white exterior lies the usual stuff that makes up a car—seats, steering wheel, and, if I had to guess, sound system. I’d tell you how the inside looked, or how the leather seats felt, but the Ceramic 6 was roped off for safekeeping, so I’ll just have to rely on CarScoops’ itemized intel (“Rays Volk Racing Original G25 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels finished in Taupe Silver, with performance goods including an H&R spring kit, a Racing Beat custom dual-exhaust and custom Brembo two-piece, six-piston 380×32 drilled rotors”) and these photos from the folks at CNET.

Having debuted at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association show in Las Vegas, the car is currently making its way across the country. If you want to see it (but not sit in it) for yourself, head on out to a car show close to home.

Feature image credit: Emmanuel McMathis.