2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata
The Mazdaspeed Miata is right off the auto show circuit and our friend John Dinkel
got one of the first drives in one. And who else is more qualified than a guy whose
resume shows him as a past editor of Road & Track Magazine along with
countless other articles. Dinkel will be posting his impressions of autos and all
other thing automotive related from time to time. Seems the new Mazdaspeed
Whatís not to love about the Miata, the most popular two-seat roadster in history?
It is THE quintessential sports car, a throwback to the beloved Triumph, MG,
Healey and Lotus ragtops of the sixties and Seventies, but minus the ashes and
sackcloth reliability issues owners of those earlier roadsters lived with. And unlike
many sports cars that begin life as a true puristís machine but eventually end up
overweight, over-equipped and underpowered vestiges of their former selves, the
Miata has remained true to its school.
Mazdaspeed is the group at Mazda charged with injecting even more venom into
specific Mazda models. The highest performing Mazdas of the high performance
Mazdas. The ZOOMIEST of the zoom-zooms.
Within the first block of driving a regular Miata itís normal for your face to break out
into an ear-splitting grin. If it doesnít, you should take up walking . . . or riding the
bus. Visualize this facial expression and then multiply it by a factor of 10. Thatís
the effect the Mazdaspeed Miata has on every driving enthusiast. How could you
not love a turbocharged and intercooled version with 25 percent more horses (178
bhp) and 33 percent more torque (166 lb-ft), a beefed up short-throw 6-speed
gearbox, a Bosch® torque-sensing limited-slip differential, not to mention a
Mazdaspeed sport-tuned and lowered suspension and a quicker steering ratio.
We're talking serious no-holds-barred, pure unadulterated fun. And incredibly
affordable at only $25,500. The best of the best just got better. And heed this
warning. Mazda is building only 4000 Mazdaspeed MX-5 this year, and if you want
one, you better order one now because they are going fastóvery fast!