His last name may be familiar because Moray is the brother to famed designer for Jaguar-Land Rover and formerly Ford and Aston Martin, Ian Callum. Sounds rather barbaric, but the only real distractions come in the form of air conditioning and the radio. The racy Club adds a sport-tuned Suspension Package, front air dam, rear underskirt and appropriate trim and appearance items. I tinted the windows and bought wider wheels, and the car looks aggressive as heck. The frisky four begs to be pegged to the redline when accelerating out of the corner and it only comes alive above 4000rpm.
It could be from the fact that a convertible is a one-of-a-kind experience, but size does not matter. The turning radius is unbelievably short. The result affects the curb weight greatly by keeping it at 2,593lbs. This is even clearly shown with the existence of an actual functioning oil pressure gauge—and oil pressure is important when things start to slosh around during cornering. . For 2013, the convertible again comes with a. The Convenience Package remote keyless entry, cruise control, power door locks and other items is standard on Club and Grand Touring.
The Premium Package Grand Touring only adds higher-end convenience features. Once a Miata, always a Miata The Miata however clearly is not a car for the commuter. I thrash this car every time I drive it. Moving up to the Grand Touring adds 17-inch wheels, automatic climate control, heated seats, leather and a Bose audio. On a curvy road it must be experienced to be believed.
There are choices for a six-speed manual or automatic but this specific Miata tester came properly equipped with the third pedal. The 6-speed automatic is available across the board, but the retractable hardtop is not offered with the Sport. Talk about turn heads, this one does it. As a daily driver, though, it might leave you feeling sore and cramped. The Suspension Package standard on Club is optional on the Grand Touring. The suspension is the double-wishbone kind with lightweight forged aluminum control arms and a multi-link rear for the most precise suspension geometry available. The Miata has its own racing series two of them, in fact , has earned universal appeal from all ages and both sexes and is known and admired around the world.
The 0-60 time is a modest seven seconds and a top speed limited to 134 mph. Deserving special mention is the retractable soft-top; it requires only one hand and arm to open or close and makes all other manually operated tops clumsy by comparison. The ride happens to be very well tuned for something that is designed to handle everything the opposite of straight. Make it light, make it nimble, make it responsive and what would you expect? It feels like driving a sports car best feeling I've had owning other cars. Other sports cars are faster. It is fun on the street and on the track! The design has since become euro-centric, which means more angles and less curves for a very clean appearance. None are more fun to drive.
The Miata is a benchmark for the definition of agile and quick. Should you think the Miata has visually matured over time, it has, thanks to the help of Moray Callum. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. The materials are of good quality and show a commendable level of fit and finish, and available features include leather seating, a Bose audio system and even automatic climate control. Somewhat surprisingly, the trunk offers decent space for a reasonable amount of luggage or a few grocery bags.
To see what's new for 2014, click , or check out a of the two model years. With low power, low weight, and a compact package, the emphasis clearly lies with handling in favor of straight-line speed. The seats might be tight for some but are appropriately supportive for enthusiastic driving. This also meant, if you were searching for a legitimate coupe version of the Miata, this is the closest you would get. And the Mazda Miata has been a poster child for pint-sized convertibles since 1989.
Its true competitors are few: Perhaps the Mini Cooper Roadster is on that list. The Miata is easy to park and narrow enough to fit in tid stops. And, for those who can fit, the resultant ride is always fun and always memorable. Since the outgoing Miata is no more than three inches longer, two inches wider, and an inch taller over the original, the Miata maintains the same microscopic footprint as an amoeba. It weighs roughly 2,500 pounds, has nearly equal front-to-rear weight distribution, rides on a very sophisticated fully independent suspension, includes great steering and brakes and has been thoroughly conceived, engineered, refined, detailed and built to deliver the ultimate in a fun-to-drive connection with the pavement.
Meant to handle like zoom-zoom The Mazda Miata is all about driving and nothing but the sole practice of driving. Call it a mid-life crisis or any thing else you want, you won't be the first, but try to take it away and well, good luck. The brilliance about the top is it folds into the same crevice as the soft top, so the trunk space remains unchanged. Friends go nuts to drive it and all want one after doing so. Birthed on the concept of being superbly compact, lightweight, and minimal in mechanical complexity, the Miata is a buy word for a myriad of fun.
This thing is as crisp as a fresh-out-of-the-bag potato chip. The Appearance Package includes the front air dam and rear underskirt and is standard on the Club. It has 40,000 miles on it and I am on the third set of tires. I like the hardtop press a button and have fun. . Took the plunge and bought- absolutely love it. Learning how to drive a stick on a Miata is easier than making a bowl of cereal.