From Automobile Magazine an article about how Mazda is boosting the horsepower on the MX-5 Miata.
From autoevolution.com a picture of the MX-5 Miata. I have always thought that these cars were handsome and nimble, but underpowered. I’m not sure 181 HP (up from 155) is enough, but the increase should make the car even more fun to drive. Yes, torque was increased by a “whopping” 3 LB-FT from 148 to 151.
Among my obsessions is one for two-seat roadsters. Light cars don’t need excessive amounts of horsepower and torque to push you back in the seat, but give them some real power and you can have some real fun. The Z4 that I drive was rated at 300 HP/300 LB-FT of torque stock. Although the car is nine years old, with all of the modifications—the most significant of which was a Dinan Stage 2 upgrade—I’m guessing the car has about 365-370 HP and 375-380 LB-FT of torque. That’s more power than the 2002 Corvette I used to own. Why haven’t I taken the car to a dyno shop? The reason is, of course, I expect the worst to happen and the engine to blow up if I pushed it on the dyno.
I don’t know enough about the engine architecture of the Miata—or of its companion, the revived Fiat 124 Spider, which has a different engine—to know if a turbo would be a practical factory option. Still, imagine a 250 HP/225 LB-FT engine powering the car. It’s a shame that manufacturing automobiles is virtually the sole domain of large companies, by necessity I might add. Large companies cannot make and implement decisions quickly. It was obvious to me and many others that the new generation Miata was underpowered as originally offered, yet its power boost comes in the fifth model year of production.
I also have a bone to pick with those that the say the MX-5 Miata is the best-selling two-seat sports car in history, including the Guinness Book of World Records. Roughly one million Miatas have been sold, an impressive number. More than 1.7 million Corvettes have been sold, though.
What do you think of the Miata? Do you like two-seat roadsters/sports cars? As always, I would very much like to read your opinions.