Mazda MX-5 – Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Mazda MX-5

The prototypical sports car gets faster and

First things first: The Mazda MX-5 is a complete from its predecessor, with a dedicated platform and fresh It also exchanges the old B-family for a 2.0-liter version of Mazda’s four-cylinder engine that’s far and wide in Mazda and Ford And inexplicably, the new car gets rid of a name has meant so much to so many-Miata-and now itself simply the MX-5.

But since Miatas have been about the driving let’s cut to the chase and tell you you want to know. How fast is the new How does it handle?

And does it have that unique to provoke an irresistible grin anyone who loves driving?

this new model is the fastest Miata-we know, we know, wants to forget about name. It scoots to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, through the quarter in 15 seconds at 91 mph, and doesn’t stop until it hits 131 mph. the exception of the 91-mph trap which was equaled by the turbocharged Mazdaspeed model, each of figures sets a record for MX-5s.

And this performance is hugely than that of the original model, which needed seconds to cover the quarter-mile and out at 116 mph.

The new MX-5’s numbers achieved with the six-speed gearbox, which is standard on the Touring edition we tested, as as on the Sport and Limited versions of the new But we don’t expect the performance to be slower with the five-speed car, as that transmission the MX-5 to reach 60 mph in second rather than requiring the shift to third that the does. The base model, the Club Sport, weighs 50 pounds less than the Touring, which won’t its acceleration, either.

Speaking of weight, we are delighted the new model’s weight gain is so At 2482 pounds, this compresses the scales with 102 more pounds than the Miata we tested in 1998.

Mazda MX-5

Of course, the first Miata, in weighed 2210 pounds. But model was about two inches and narrower than the new car. It had much smaller tires, 10 less cockpit space, that were two inches all around and without anti-lock no front or side airbags, no control, and 54 fewer horsepower its engine, which was 25 percent than the latest mill.

In words, the 12-percent weight between the first MX-5 and newest version seems

One other reason for the weight is a increase in structural rigidity. We the improvement in our perceived stiffness of third-generation car to be as great as the improvement the first- and second-generation Miatas. The car is with hardly any quivers or

This solid foundation the suspension to work effectively any deflection or lost motion. quickly over one of our favorite roads, the new MX-5 is extremely even while its wheels furiously to maintain contact uneven pavement. The Bilstein that are part of the optional suspension package probably a lot on these roads.

On the skidpad, the new MX-5 hangs on to the of 0.90 g, a figure exceeded by one of the two Mazdaspeed Miatas we’ve What’s more, if you turn off the control that came in the package on our car, the MX-5 is neutral. Although you can’t kick out the tail with you can definitely balance the car with right foot once you cornering with enthusiasm.

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