No, there are not a lot of interior cubbies for storage; but in a flash of civility, there is a usable cup holder. A rousing 178 bhp at 6000 rpm and 166 lb. When my wife and I were dating, she loved convertibles. It also is maintenance free and extremely reliable. Fully spool the Mazdaspeed Miata's ball-bearing turbo, and 7.
We think it's a reasonable sum for a significantly more powerful Miata that rekindles the excitement of 1989. Just a very solid car all around and blast to just cruise or for some Autocrosses! The six-speed manual transmission shifts sharply with a delightful and confident click, click, redlining at 6,500 r. Searing enough that our velocity red metallic tester had its rims and tires stolen just hours after it was gently backed off a transport truck in Orléans on a Sunday night last month. This is a quick car, but not a speedy car, and it's not easy to drive smoothly. Only 300 Mazdaspeed Miatas, from a production run of 4,000, will come to Canada, and all of them will be classic red, though in the U. In my opinion Mazda cannot evolve this car any further. Strictly cosmetic touches are tasteful, and include spoiler appendages front and rear, stainless-steel scuff plates on the sills, and a host of unique interior trim bits, including aluminum pedal pads and a body-color inside rearview mirror emblazoned with the Mazdaspeed logo.
But getting in and out is no great chore, as might be expected. Rarely does a new car generate this kind of excitement, but editors actually formed a line to drive this scrappy roadster around the block. Turbocharged and intercooled, the Miata's 1. Lets face it it's not the fastest or most prestigious convertible that money can buy but it certainly has that special something. It does lack a few of the luxury extras but they aren't going to make it a better drive. Primary Use: Commuting to work Best Used As A Weekend Toy — I've owned 5 different Miatas. Incidentally, that body color can be either Velocity Red Mica or our photo car's Titanium Gray Metallic.
Suspension: Independent double-wishbone, gas-filled Bilstein shocks. But for the enthusiast, this is a car that was meant to run free and fast. This is the MazdaSpeed which was limited in production as an anniversary edition and came with factory installed turbo charger, Bose Sound, Aluminum pedals, sport seats, Allow aluminum lightweight wheels, low profile tires, etc. Compression is dropped to 9. I Love The Performance Of This Ride — This is a great handling car with plenty of acceleration. It has never disappointed me and the addition of the Flying Miata header and pipe make it sound just right. Having said that the 1.
So call these character traits. I preferred the less powerful, but ultimately more refined, powertrain in my 2003 Miata. Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with antilock. Regardless of the miniature size, these cars are also incredibly safe. Sure, its hard suspension will disappoint those looking for a passenger-car like ride. The handling on this car is absolutely unbelievable.
Primary Use: Commuting to work Fun Car To Drive With Surprising Amount Of Pep And Handling. This is a great car for the young and the young at heart! The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. If you want a fun convertible car to drive - this is it. Perfect Around Town Car And Night Time In The Summer! My only reservation was that the cloth upholstery might hitch and that leather would prove more durable in the long term. Greedy as we are, we've always clamored for more power in the Miata, and have received it in small doses.
Ride is firmer but not uncomfortably so; it's only on the bigger impacts where the suspension finds its bump stops. The power pours on at about 4,500 r. While I love the way the Mazdaspeed looks, steers, handles, and brakes, I'm not that crazy about the peaky turbocharged engine. . The suspension, dampened with Bilstein shock absorbers, remains firm, and roadholding is good for a hang-on-to-your-hat ride that seems to go wherever you point it. To cap it off, the Miata was a veritable road leech. Of course, some changes were in order to ensure longevity with the extra power.
Note the intercooler in the nose of the car. I still love Miatas, and might even buy another one in the future, but they are strictly second cars, or are best for single people who don't need to carry much more than carry-on luggage and a laptop case. Need to stop in a hurry? Transmission: Six-speed manual with short-throw shifter. Also, it lacks cruise control, and my aging legs aren't all that interested in being cooped up in the Mazdaspeed, holding the accelerator down. Conclusion Having already driven the superb 1. The theft, however, illustrates just how sexy this modified Miata is, and the appeal becomes uncontained zeal once the heavy-duty clutch is released and the roadster gets rolling.
At around 3,000 rpm, its like somebody flips a power switch under the hood, and then the car blasts into its rev limiter all too easy. The car performs beautifully with the turbo engine and handling with the front to rear wheel weight almost equal is exceptional. The concept was flat irresistible: a rear-drive 2-seater with styling that nodded to several beloved 1950's and '60's British sports cars, all wrapped up in a modern crash-approved, non-leaking, mechanically reliable package. Great colors inside and out, good looking wheels, and with production capped at 1,500 units, it was rare. In all, it has that same highly entertaining toss-and-catch handling, only with less roll and more grip.