We have cared a lot about the Mazda MX-5 Miata for nearly three decades. So, too, have the thousands of loyal Miata owners who race their cars, modify their cars, and take them to Miata Club meets. But do you know who cares about the Miata even more?
The precedent of continuous improvement could be seen in the first three generations of MX-5, each of which received tweaks throughout its life cycle. Previously, the ND Miata was powered by a 2. Vehicle dynamics engineer Dave Coleman admits that the car was originally designed around the less powerful 1. Of course, the engine itself was hardly a dud—responsive and eager, it made the current car quicker than any Miata before it in our testing despite its meager horsepower. As a result, the engine revs higher redlining at rpm versus rpm and puts out 26 more horsepower and 3 more lb-ft of torque for new totals of horses and lb-ft.
At the track, the objective performance advances are barely noticeable. Compared with our long-term MX-5, which was the quickest ND Miata we had testedthe more powerful model is just 0.
This MX-5 roadster in Club trim was similarly optioned to our model-year long-term test car. Other examples of the ND softtop, though, needed 6. The 5-tomph rolling-start time also dropped by 0. Its improved character, though, is the real upside here. The engine revs more freely, the exhaust barks with more authority, and a jab at the throttle nudges you back into the seat a bit harder.
Throttle response is prompt, and the power curve is more linear than before—peak power is reached revs higher, at rpm, and yet torque peaks rpm lower, at rpm. More important, when the power starts to taper off in the hp 2. This allows for just a single shift to reach 60 mph. The already delightful six-speed manual transmission also has been revised for smoother operation, and it does seem to snick through the H-pattern with a bit more finesse than before.
Its gearing has not changed, however. The optional six-speed automatic receives a new final drive, but we did not drive a car so equipped. Improved EPA fuel-economy numbers are another bonus; we averaged 30 mpg over miles of mixed driving.
Of course, the true joy of the Miata has always come from its balanced, poised, and playful chassis. No surprise that the Miata is the same darling in a canyon road as it ever was, with just enough compliance in the suspension to engage the driver and just enough grip to allow for predictable, progressive behavior at its approachable limits. Mazda even cares enough about the Miata to address small details.
The car now has a telescoping steering wheel, which was engineered to give taller drivers an easier reach to the wheel while adding a minimum of weight. A backup camera is also newly standard in accordance with federal regulations. These new features, along with some extra weight in the engine, add up to a claimed weight gain of just seven pounds overall. From a big-picture perspective, though, the Miata remains a unique proposition: a lightweight, simple sports car that succeeds in placing driving pleasure above all other considerations.Calling the Mazda MX-5 Miata an automotive icon is no overstatement, as its heritage stretches back more than 30 years and its cheerful driving demeanor has always been its strongest character attribute.
The Miata's four-cylinder engine delivers just enough power to make it feel spunky and its chassis is delightfully balanced—perfect for zipping through curvy sections of road. Both a soft-top convertible model and a power-folding hard-top called the RF are offered, so with either one buyers are treated to fun in the sun. The Miata's cabin is tight for two and cargo space is limited, but it wasn't made for road trips; it's designed for spirited sunny-drenched drives and track days.
The fact that it remains one of the cheapest ways to get into a convertible sports car only adds to its appeal. Mazda celebrates its centennial this year with a th Anniversary Edition of the brand's beloved sports car.
The th Anniversary Edition will be offered on Grand Touring models with either the standard soft-top or the optional power hard-top; buyers can choose either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
All will come with Snowflake White Pearl Mica exterior paint over a red interior with leather upholstery. As if that candy cane color combo doesn't make the car look special enough, Mazda is also adding special badging on the fenders, floormats, wheels, headrests, and key fob. The mid-range Club trim strikes the best balance of features and performance here, especially now that it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as standard. Although the Miata is available with an automatic transmission, we believe it's best equipped with the crisp and joyful six-speed manual.
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As for the debate between the convertible and the hardtop RF model, we're an office divided so that decision is best left to you. The Miata's engine revs eagerly and is powerful enough to deliver stirring acceleration. Exploring the engine's high-revving personality is encouraged by the direct, easy-to-shift manual transmission. Even the optional automatic impresses, with quick shifts and sporty programming.
The soft top model ran from zero to 60 mph in just 5. Miatas ride firmly and can get bouncy when driving over a quick succession of bumps. The mid-level Club's firmer shocks and springs return the stiffest ride of the lineup, although no Miata rides poorly.
The handling is eager, and the Miata changes direction promptly. We especially enjoy the light, tactile steering; it responds immediately and keeps the driver informed of what the front tires are doing.
This is a fun car, plain and simple. Chalk up another "W" in the Miata's column for its light weight. With such a small amount of car to haul around, the 2. On our mile highway fuel-economy test route, a soft top Grand Touring model delivered 36 mpg and a hardtop RF Club managed 37 mpg, both equipped with Mazda's excellent six-speed-manual transmission. You don't sit in a Miata so much as wear it.Views:Announcement : Show all new posts in ND.
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Mazda Backup Camera. This is a very popular item. Aftermarket Muffler. Why is a muffler a safety device? A muffler is a good way for others to know we are there loud pipes save lives. Although there are performance gains from it, they are very limited without ECU tuning. You want to control the noise? Check out the Fujimura Dual-Sound Muffler! Want a totally different look? Check out the Autoexe Dual Center Exhaust! Coilover Suspension.
Body roll is quite big on the car and we just love to see lowered Miatas! Our pick for street suspension would be the Cusco Street Zero which will reduce the body roll while making the car even more comfortable than from factory. For racing, it really depends on your goals, but you can check out our Coilovers for ND! Lightweight Wheels. Changing wheels greatly affects the dynamics of your Roadster. The vehicle is very lightweight and does not have the huge power that most sports car have.
This means that keeping weight low is really important, and even more important for rotational mass. Chassis Bracing. The ND MX-5 is super lightweight. Unfortunately, making the car so light had a small drawback on the chassis rigidity. Brake Pads. This is a mod that anyone doing spirited driving will enjoy right away.
Please be careful, though. We found out that most street brake pads will not survive intense circuit racing. If you intend on racing, depending on your racing category, we have a variety of Racing Brake Pads available! Need more braking power than the OEM brakes can offer?
Check out the Runduce Big Brake Kit! Performance Steering Wheel. We think one of the weak point of the fourth generation MX-5 is the thin and easy-to-scratch leather steering wheel.Mazda officially unveiled the car on September 3,in the United States and Spain, and on September 4,in Japan. The car is manufactured in Mazda's Hiroshima plant since March 4, The base model has a 1. The car was launched with a six-speed manual shift transmission and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The cockpit, steering wheel, and infotainment system are very similar to the Mazda3. The MX-5 is fitted as standard with a manually operated fabric roof that can be opened or closed within a few seconds. The AT performs slightly better, at 9. For a GT-S trim will be introduced bringing the Club trim's limited-slip differential, Bilstein shock absorbers, and strut tower brace to the GT trim as well as a black roof on all RF models.
The MX-5 ND has been very popular with diecast manufacturers like TomicaHot Wheelsand Matchboxwith all three companies releasing their own versions of the car to the market. The top panel of the roof folds back whilst the buttresses remain in place, similar to a Targa top.
The interior of the MX-5 RF model is almost the same as the soft top, with the same media screen, seats, steering wheel and switchgear, and the trunk volume is the same as the soft top.
Differences include a full circle colored digital gauge in place of the soft top's semi-rectangular, half-digital, mono-colored display. The storage cubby behind the drivers seat has been eliminated, and the cubby behind the passenger seat as well as the glove box behind the center console have been made shallower to make room for the roof mechanism. The MX-5 RF uses the same engines as the soft top model and offers similar performance.
These models included BBS alloy wheels, a twin-tone roof, black door mirrors and rear spoiler as well as Recaro seats.
This version was only available in two colours: 'Soul Red' or 'Machine Grey'. A joint venture with Alfa Romeo on a joint rear-wheel drive platform was announced inbut cancelled in In latefor the model year, the MX-5 series was designated as ND2. Primarily because its 2. Externally, the car received a brown soft top and black 17" wheels. Interior upgrades include a telescoping steering column, a standard reverse camera, a reworked door opening mechanism, revised seat controls, and redesigned cupholders.
Inspired by the film The Endless Summerthis one-off collaboration with Garage Italia Customs features a unique indigo blue fading to bright orange paint job.
In addition, the interior is re-trimmed in Japanese blue denim with blue Alcantara and orange stitching. It comes only in Jet Black with red highlights, a Mazdaspeed aero kit, a red engine bay brace and oil cap, and a special badge on the driver's side door behind the side mirror. The interior features black and red Alcantara trim with an embroidered reproduction of Yamamoto's signature. Only four examples of this model were released.Online friends tend to exist in a bubble, not subject to the same demands or stresses as messy real-world relationships.
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