Project Description

OVERVIEW

The Mazda Miata is one of those cars that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. It harkens back to the days of lightweight, no-frills British sports cars that were all about connecting the driver with the car. While the Miata may not be the fastest car out there, or even as fast as your neighbor’s minivan in a straight line, it offers one of the purest driving experiences available today.

Looking at the Miata, there’s a sense of purpose to its design. There simply isn’t room for any superfluous styling on the Miata; instead, the body looks like it was pulled tightly over the rest of the car. That theme carries over to the Miata’s interior as well. Sinking down into the supportive bucket seat, the Miata fits nearly any shape or size like a glove. It can feel a bit tight inside, especially with the roof up, but the Miata does a commendable job of inviting people of all shapes and sizes to get comfortable.

While the little 1.6-liter inline-4 won’t immediately impress with its on-paper specs, it fires up with a healthy bark and from the first stab of the throttle, it becomes evident that the engine is ready to play. The 5-speed manual gearbox is also delightfully crisp and a joy to use. The tight pedal placement facilitates perfect heel-toe downshifts to help you get the most out of the car. While the fuel economy certainly isn’t bad, the Miata really excels at delivering the most smiles per gallon.

After the first few corners, you’ll be grinning ear to ear. The steering is direct and linear, providing a nearly telepathic link between your hands and the road below. The rev-happy engine is plenty peppy for the 2,100-lb car and acceleration is brisk. There’s something about sitting so low to the ground in such a driver-focused car makes it feel much faster than it actually is.

OVERVIEW

The Mazda Miata is one of those cars that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. It harkens back to the days of lightweight, no-frills British sports cars that were all about connecting the driver with the car. While the Miata may not be the fastest car out there, or even as fast as your neighbor’s minivan in a straight line, it offers one of the purest driving experiences available today.

Looking at the Miata, there’s a sense of purpose to its design. There simply isn’t room for any superfluous styling on the Miata; instead, the body looks like it was pulled tightly over the rest of the car. That theme carries over to the Miata’s interior as well. Sinking down into the supportive bucket seat, the Miata fits nearly any shape or size like a glove. It can feel a bit tight inside, especially with the roof up, but the Miata does a commendable job of inviting people of all shapes and sizes to get comfortable.

While the little 1.6-liter inline-4 won’t immediately impress with its on-paper specs, it fires up with a healthy bark and from the first stab of the throttle, it becomes evident that the engine is ready to play. The 5-speed manual gearbox is also delightfully crisp and a joy to use. The tight pedal placement facilitates perfect heel-toe downshifts to help you get the most out of the car. While the fuel economy certainly isn’t bad, the Miata really excels at delivering the most smiles per gallon.

After the first few corners, you’ll be grinning ear to ear. The steering is direct and linear, providing a nearly telepathic link between your hands and the road below. The rev-happy engine is plenty peppy for the 2,100-lb car and acceleration is brisk. There’s something about sitting so low to the ground in such a driver-focused car makes it feel much faster than it actually is.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The Mazda Miata is one of those cars that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Luckily, Mazda has sold well over 900,000 units, making it the best-selling 2-seat sports car ever and providing plenty of opportunities for someone to own one at nearly any price point. It didn’t take long for the Miata to make a name for itself as “the peoples sports car”.

Debuting in 1989 with an affordable base price of $14,000, the Miata was designed around the ethos of delivering a simple, sporting driving experience at an affordable price, much like the crop of British sports cars from Triumph, MG, and Lotus did in the 1960s. It was an immediate success and demand exceeded what Mazda was capable of producing at the time. After five successful years, including a few special editions, the Miata was refreshed for 1994. Out went the 1.6-liter 115 horsepower inline-4 in favor of a more powerful 1.8-liter engine.

The 1.8-liter engine carried on for the next two years in the original “NA” chassis before the second generation “NB” Miata came out in 1996 with exposed headlights, a more refined interior, and additional comfort options. Mazda kept the “NB” Miata in production until 2005, adding special editions to keep interest up. One of the most desirable iterations that Mazda made available to the public was the limited Mazdaspeed Miata, which added a small turbocharger and intercooler setup to deliver 180 horsepower, more than enough to scoot the little Miata along quickly.

For 2006, Mazda rolled out a completely new Miata that featured a completely different look from past models as well as an all-new 2.0-liter engine. As expected, the new engine brought with it a modest power bump from the previous year, going from 140 horsepower up to 170. It also offered more refinement and stiffness, which in turn brought the weight up to 2,500 lbs. Perhaps the biggest addition to the lineup was a new power-retracting hardtop alongside the standard manual soft top. While it did add a bit of weight to the equation, many felt that the extra refinement and protection was well worth it.

The newest version of the Miata bloodline features 181 horsepower from its 2.0-liter inline-4. Mazda put the latest Miata on a strict diet, trimming down to a svelte 2,350 lbs while increasing luxury and improving ergonomics with the introduction of a tilt/telescoping wheel for the first time in Miata history.

Of course, it’s also worth mentioning that the Miata has become the most-raced production car in the world, with the SCCA Spec Miata series becoming wide-spread across the country.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The Mazda Miata is one of those cars that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Luckily, Mazda has sold well over 900,000 units, making it the best-selling 2-seat sports car ever and providing plenty of opportunities for someone to own one at nearly any price point. It didn’t take long for the Miata to make a name for itself as “the peoples sports car”.

Debuting in 1989 with an affordable base price of $14,000, the Miata was designed around the ethos of delivering a simple, sporting driving experience at an affordable price, much like the crop of British sports cars from Triumph, MG, and Lotus did in the 1960s. It was an immediate success and demand exceeded what Mazda was capable of producing at the time. After five successful years, including a few special editions, the Miata was refreshed for 1994. Out went the 1.6-liter 115 horsepower inline-4 in favor of a more powerful 1.8-liter engine.

The 1.8-liter engine carried on for the next two years in the original “NA” chassis before the second generation “NB” Miata came out in 1996 with exposed headlights, a more refined interior, and additional comfort options. Mazda kept the “NB” Miata in production until 2005, adding special editions to keep interest up. One of the most desirable iterations that Mazda made available to the public was the limited Mazdaspeed Miata, which added a small turbocharger and intercooler setup to deliver 180 horsepower, more than enough to scoot the little Miata along quickly.

For 2006, Mazda rolled out a completely new Miata that featured a completely different look from past models as well as an all-new 2.0-liter engine. As expected, the new engine brought with it a modest power bump from the previous year, going from 140 horsepower up to 170. It also offered more refinement and stiffness, which in turn brought the weight up to 2,500 lbs. Perhaps the biggest addition to the lineup was a new power-retracting hardtop alongside the standard manual soft top. While it did add a bit of weight to the equation, many felt that the extra refinement and protection was well worth it.

The newest version of the Miata bloodline features 181 horsepower from its 2.0-liter inline-4. Mazda put the latest Miata on a strict diet, trimming down to a svelte 2,350 lbs while increasing luxury and improving ergonomics with the introduction of a tilt/telescoping wheel for the first time in Miata history.

Of course, it’s also worth mentioning that the Miata has become the most-raced production car in the world, with the SCCA Spec Miata series becoming wide-spread across the country.

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SIZES, PERFECT FOR
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