Having said that, part of the joy and delight about a Miata is that you don’t have to be precious about it. Drive it in all weather, modify it, take it autocrossing and lapping, and put your dog in the passenger seat. It’s just as much fun as it looks.
Is the Mazda Miata a luxury car?
No. Mazda isn’t considered a luxury automaker by expert standards. However, Mazda’s upscale trims, premium packages, and sport-tuned engine options offer a lot of the same features you’d find with a high-end brand like BMW. If you’re looking for a car that’s both luxurious and affordable, Mazda is a great choice.
NC and ND MX-5s aren’t so much collectible as they are usable, with the exception of the limited anniversary editions. High-specification cars will hold value the best, however, and watch for Mazda to release any further special-color ND models as time goes on.-Two engines are available. Early Miatas came with a zingy 1.6-liter four-cylinder making 116 hp; starting in 1994, the engine was a 1.8-liter with 128 hp. Both variants of NA Miata are pretty slow, despite the car’s low weight (around 2200 lbs). Note that putting a lightweight flywheel in the later 1.8-liter model will give it some of the revvy character of the earlier cars, with a bit more power. -Mazda still makes new parts for the NA. You can’t get a full stock of new parts for your Miata, but thanks to Mazda’s Japan-only (for now) NA restoration program, a host of Miata parts have gone back into production. If you’re refreshing a tired car, most of the stuff you need can be picked up at your local Mazda dealership. -The 500,000th, and 750,000th Miatas were built during the NB era. The former was chosen by the Japanese team, and is a well-optioned version in a sort of beige. The latter is a fire-red Mazdaspeed variant chosen by the US team.
Which Miata has the most interior space?
When it comes to a Miata that you can really live with, it’s hard to beat the third generation (NC). One of the highlights of the NC is simply the space. It’s the biggest (and heaviest) Miata, and that means it has far and away the most interior space.
-Australia got the most powerful MX-5 ever. The MX-5 SP, released as a 2002 model, was a 200-hp turbocharged NB that was limited to 100 units. It’s quicker than the Mazdaspeed, and features tuning by Prodrive.When it debuted at the 1989 Chicago Motor Show, few could have foreseen what a huge impact the little Mazda MX-5 Miata was going to have. Through more than three decades, there have been sports cars that are lighter, more agile, and certainly more powerful. But in terms of driving delight, the Miata has always punched above its weight.
Each generation of Miata has its must-have collectible models, with the NC variants being the least collectible for the foreseeable future. For the NA, an unmodified Special Edition or M Edition roadster is a great way to have an affordable classic car that won’t let you down mechanically. NAs painted in rare colors like Sunburst Yellow and Laguna Blue are worth seeking out, too.
Overall, the NA Miata is a better Miata, while the NB Miata is a better car, if that makes any sense. The NB is wonderful to drive, still just as easy to modify for added power and handling and, with niceties like ABS in some models, just that little bit more modern.-There was a coupe. Offered solely in Japan, Mazda built a variant of the second-generation MX-5 called the NB6C. The C is for Coupe, and just 179 were made in various trims. It’s a few years away from being importable into the U.S
In actual fact, the NC is wonderful to drive, just overlooked. Just like the 996. Except without the potential for catastrophic bearing failure. Early models rode a little too high, and the smiley-faced styling wasn’t to everyone’s taste, but lower an NC over a set of sticky tires and Enkei RPF-1s, and it’s a winner.
In part, some of that credit isn’t so much about a tried-and-tested recipe of light weight and rear-wheel-drive, but because of the Miata’s sheer ubiquity: Mazda has sold more than a million MX-5s. You can find them everywhere, from Florida to Alaska, with battered Craigslist specials available in every state and province. The financial barrier to owning a Miata is a low gate, easily hopped, and there’s a lot of fun to be had on the other side.
Further, while the power-retractable hardtop available in later models is sometimes seen by enthusiast owners as an unnecessary weight to carry around, it is a work of engineering genius. It also adds to the all-weather capability of the car and gives you a little additional security against break-ins.
The obvious choice in the NB is the Mazdaspeed version, with the lightweight Club Sport being something of a holy grail. Don’t ignore stuff like the 10th Anniversary Edition, however, even if Nineties-spec “add-ons” like chrome wheels aren’t your thing.
Unfortunately, while the Mazdaspeed was only $827 more than a mid-grade MX-5 LS, only 5400 were built in 2004 and 2005. This makes them relatively scarce, and values are high. It’s probably the most collectible Miata aside from a very low mileage NA.
-The 1.5-liter engine available in Japan and Europe is fun, but the 2.0-liter is better. The current 2.0L takes everything that’s good about the overseas-market 1.5-liter and adds the power you need for U.S. highways.
-As with the NA, rust is one of the NB’s only real flaws. Mazda paint quality and steel longevity were not at their peak in the Nineties and the early 2000s. Year-round driving on salty roads without proper care can turn an NB into a colander.
Mazda kept the Miata recipe largely the same for the NB, but increased power for the 1.8-liter engine to 140 hp, improved interior quality significantly, and stiffened the chassis. Later, first with special edition models and then a subsequent facelift, a six-speed-manual became available.And let’s talk about the best of them, the 2004-2005 Mazdaspeed Miata. Not particularly powerful at 178 hp, the first and only U.S.-available Miata to get turbocharging from the factory is best seen as a total package. Everything from 17-inch Racing Hart wheels to a standard six-speed manual make the Mazdaspeed very desirable.
But picking either motor is fine with a chassis that’s such a sparkling delight. And tipping the scales at 2345 lbs in its most recent soft-top form, the ND MX-5 was good enough to warrant inclusion at a super-shootout against the likes of the McLaren F1 and the Shelby Cobra.
-Special Edition variants are worth more. Also starting in 1994, the Miata M Edition had a host of cosmetic add-ons like a wooden shift knob and parking brake handle. Over the years, there were many special edition Miatas, and they command a price bump over more basic models.
-The automatic version isn’t bad either. While earlier Miatas used a four-speed auto, the NC got a six-speed that Mazda continues to use in the fourth-generation car. An automatic Miata might not be a purist’s choice, but it shifts nicely.-The manual soft-top version is a piece of art all by itself. Capable of being folded in just seconds at a light, the ND’s folding canvas roof will have you dropping the top any time the rain lets up for a few seconds. But not forever. It’s not like it’s a secret that Miatas are great fun on the cheap, which means that they’re often snapped up as a second car and flogged to death. Finding a clean first-generation Miata, especially an unmodified example, can take a bit of hunting. For some, Miata ownership is a stepping stone, a sort of sports-car training wheels on the way to picking up a used Corvette. For others, the joy of Miata ownership never fades. Here’s a breakdown of 30-plus years of Mazda’s roadster.
Which year is best Miata?
1993 – The 1994 to 1997 model year cars are arguably the most desirable, with a stiffer chassis, the more powerful 1.8-liter engine, and better brakes.
-The horsepower stays the same. Initially listed at 170 hp, changes in horsepower measurement meant a drop to 167 hp for later models. Really, the 2.0-liter MZR makes the same power year over year.
With a dedicated approach to lightweighting that included hollowed-out sun visors, the first version of the ND provided an increase in performance over the NC despite being initially less powerful, at 155 hp. For the 2019 model year, the MX-5 got a power bump to 181 hp, and a higher redline.
-Look for a limited-slip differential. Because you’re reading Road & Track and not Horse and Hound or whatever, you’re probably interested in flinging your Miata around a corner or two. Check to make sure it has either a viscous (1.6-liter) or Torsen-style limited slip differential. Most high-spec Miatas have them, so if you find a car with leather seats, A/C, cruise control, and other goodies, it probably has an LSD.This is the car that brought back the essence of the lightweight British sports car, with some much-needed reliability baked in. From the outset, it was an unqualified sales smash, with some 400,000 of them sold between 1989 (as a 1990 model year) and 1998. That makes the NA the most popular of all four generations of MX-5, and the one that remains the cheapest on the used market.
Later MX-5s became progressively more athletic, but the first-generation car is a bit like a puppy. It might not be as well-coordinated and grown-up as the rest of the bunch, but it’s absolutely the most fun to fling around on a backroad.
Even better, the NC is new enough to be free from the neglect you can find on its ancestors—remember, most NAs are nearly thirty years old by now. And, with 167 hp and some much-needed torque from a new 2.0-liter MZR engine, the NC is still plenty quick.
-RF folding targa models don’t offer much of a penalty. With the 181-hp engine, the weight of the folding mechanism only represents about a 5-hp penalty. As with the NC’s power hardtop, the added curbside security might fit your needs better, though installing a roll bar in an RF makes the car effectively a coupe. Wind buffeting with the top down is also worse than with the soft top.
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The instrument panel gained darker features and redesigned graphics for the gauges. To create more leg space in the cabin, a protrusion from the door pockets was eliminated.
Named after the Niseko Mt. Resort Grand Hirafu, the Europe-exclusive MX-5 Niseko was offered in either the 1.8-liter soft-top or 2.0-liter PRHT, with the 5-speed manual being the only available transmission. Color choices consisted of Icy Blue and Sunlight Silver; German units were available in five colors. Special interior features included Niseko badges on the front fenders, color-coded roll bar trim, Niseko branded floor mats, and similar add-ons used in the 2008 Special Edition model. The MX-5 Niseko was limited to 800 units in the UK; 240 for the soft-top and 560 for the PRHT.For the U.S., the engine was the 16-valve, 2.0 L (120 cu in) MZR LF-VE DOHC I4, producing 130 kW (170 bhp) and 190 N⋅m (140 lbf⋅ft) of torque coupled to either a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual transmission or 118 kW (158 bhp) with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission. A limited-slip differential was available with the 6-speed manual option. In Australia, the 2.0 L (120 cu in) MZR was offered, rated at 118 kW (158 bhp) and 188 N⋅m (139 lbf⋅ft) of torque and the 6-speed manual transmission and LSD are standard. In Europe, two engines were offered: the 2.0 L (120 cu in) MZR LF-VE rated at 118 kW (158 bhp) and 188 N⋅m (139 lbf⋅ft) of torque, coupled to the 6-speed manual transmission; and a new 1.8 L (110 cu in) MZR L8-VE, rated at 94 kW (126 bhp) and 167 N⋅m (123 lbf⋅ft), coupled to the 5-speed manual transmission.
The Senshu MX-5 is a limited (200 unit) version of the MX-5 with a Retractable Hard Top, 2.0-liter MZR petrol engine, six-speed manual transmission and sport-line equipment built for the German market. It includes dark alloy wheels with 205/45R17 tires, a “racing stripe” Seitenfolierung, a black rear diffuser, sport exhaust tailpipes and a black bezel on the front grille, light gray leather interior with embossed five-stage seat heating for driver and front passenger, accessory option include an iPod and USB adapter and lowering vehicle by 30 millimeters. Available body colors included Brilliant Black Metallic Arachneweiß Tornadoraot and metallic.
The 2.0 L; 122.0 cu in (1,999 cc) I4 engine was rated 125 kW (167 bhp) at 7,000 rpm and 190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft) at 5,000 rpm for the 5-speed manual transmission, 118 kW (158 bhp) at 6,700 rpm with the fuel cut-off at 7,200 rpm and 190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft) at 5,000 rpm for the automatic transmission. Engine redline was raised by 500 rpm to 7,200 rpm in manual model and fuel cut at 7,500 rpm. The suspension and gearbox have been fine-tuned; with the latter offering smoother shifts and an automatic transmission will be introduced in Europe for the first time.Factory-installed options included 6-disc CD changer with AM/FM radio/MP3/WMA player and AUX jack. Available exterior body colors included Spirited Green Metallic (exclusive), Velocity Red Mica (exclusive) and Crystal Pearl White Mica (special body color).
The Mazda MX-5 (NC) is the third generation of the Mazda MX-5 manufactured from 2005 to 2015. At its introduction in 2005, it won the Car of the Year Japan Award and made Car and Driver’s 10Best list from 2006 to 2013. The NC is the first MX-5 generation to feature a retractable hardtop variant, with its roof being able to fold and unfold in 12 seconds without sacrificing trunk space.
The MX-5 Matte and Black Special Edition is a limited edition version of the MX-5 with a MZR 2.0-liter engine, built to commemorate 20 years of MX-5 production in France. The vehicle was unveiled at the 21st annual Salon du Cabriolet, Coupé & SUV in Paris.
In July 2006, Mazda debuted a Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT) version of the NC with a two-piece folding hardtop, named MX-5 Roadster Coupé in Europe, Roadster Power Retractable Hard Top in Japan, and MX-5 Miata Power Retractable Hard Top in the U.S. and Canada. Designed by Webasto and constructed of polycarbonate, the top requires 12 seconds to raise or lower, and the first models were delivered to customers in late August 2006. The hardtop adds 36 kg (79 lb) to the weight of a comparably equipped soft-top, without diminishing trunk space when retracted. The PRHT omits one of the soft-top’s two storage compartments behind the seats to accommodate the folding roof mechanism and has a steel trunk lid instead of the soft-top’s aluminum. Performance times are slightly affected with the weight increase, with the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time increased to 9.6 s for the 1.8 and 8.2 seconds for the 2.0. Thanks to better aerodynamics, though, top speed is increased from 196 km/h (121.8 mph) to 200 km/h (124.3 mph) for the smaller-engined model and from 210 km/h (130 mph) to 215 km/h (134 mph) for the 2.0. These figures are for the European-spec models. For all PRHT models, the suspension was slightly modified to handle the additional weight, with slightly stiffer springs.
MX-5 Kuro are limited (200 soft-top, 400 Roadster Coupe) versions of MX-5 126PS 1.8i SE Soft-top and 160PS 2.0i Sport Tech Roadster Coupe, for the UK market. The Soft-top and Roadster Coupe included 5 and 6-speed manual transmissions respectively. Common features included a diffuser-style rear sports bumper, larger diameter sports exhaust, unique race car inspired exterior graphics, Black detailing around the front grille and front fog lights, plus unique ‘Kuro Edition’ badging, Stone and Black heated leather seats, Stone leather door inserts with contrasting red stitching, a silver interior deco panel with red accents, alloy pedals, premium floor mats with race inspired logo and climate control air-conditioning. Kuro is the Japanese word for black.
The UK model covered 32% of the Anniversary model production (around 600 units), which was based on the soft-top 1.8 SE. It included 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with a unique silver finish, front fog lights, chrome trims around the grille, headlamps and fog lights, body-colored roll bars and a supporting strut brace. Inside, the stainless steel scuff plate features a unique ’20th Anniversary’ logo and limited edition number, premium ’20th Anniversary’ branded floor mats, a body-colored front dashboard, aluminum pedal set, and manual air-conditioning, leather steering wheel, gear knob and hand-brake lever; MP3-compatible Radio/CD audio system with six speakers, steering wheel controls and an auxiliary (AUX) input jack for MP3 and iPod connection. Available body colors include red, white and blue. True Red, Crystal White Pearlescent, Aurora Blue Mica body colors were £395 options.
The MX-5 GT is a concept car inspired by the MX-5 GT race programme and built by Le Mans race specialist Jota Sport. Its powered by a normally aspirated 2.0-liter Mazda petrol engine rated at 205 bhp (153 kW), and includes a manual transmission, adjustable suspension, carbon front splitter, a rear diffuser and boot spoiler, sports exhaust system with a central tailpipe, Recaro seats, road slicks tires and body-colored roll hoops behind the seats.The Roadster 20th Anniversary models are based on the Roadster RS soft-top model with a six-speed manual transmission, and the VS Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT) model with a six-speed automatic transmission, for the Japanese market, commemorating 20 years of Mazda Roadster. Special equipment included Recaro bucket sport seats (Black Alcantara and red leather), exclusive ’20th Anniversary’ badges on each side fender, clear front fog lights and bezels (black and silver on soft-top and PRHT models respectively), 205/45R17 84W tires with 17-inch aluminum wheels (standard equipment on the soft-top base model), cowl connecting type front strut tower bar (standard equipment on the soft-top base model), fabric soft-top with glass rear window (soft-top model only), heated seats with five temperature settings (standard equipment on the PRHT base model) and soft padding with synthetic leather on the door armrests and center console lid (standard equipment on the PRHT base model).
Is Miata a chick car?
Why we think the Mazda MX-5 is not a “girl’s car” In reality, we don’t think the Mazda MX-5 Miata is or was a girl’s car. The truth of the matter is that Mazda debuted the Miata in 1990 in its attempt to make a rear-drive, lightweight car that was as fun as the British roadsters from years before. And it worked.
Brodie Brittain Racing (BBR) of Brackley, England, is providing a limited edition run of 100 cars modified with an intercooled turbocharger, remapped ECU, and suspension upgrades. Available for the 2.0-liter Sport Tech Roadster Coupe models, this package increases power output to 200 kW (268 bhp). The top speed is limited to 240 km/h (150 mph), with 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) approached in 4.9 seconds. At launch, the price of the package, including for the car, is £29,995, and comes with a 12-month warranty.The MX-5 Venture Edition is a limited (250 Soft-top, 550 Roadster Coupe) versions of the Mazda MX-5 with 1.8 MZR Soft-top (SE) and 2.0 MZR Roadster Coupe (Sport Tech) for the UK market. It includes Havana Brown heated leather seats, leather steering wheel and hand brake with contrasting grey stitching, matching door trim, climate control air-conditioning, piano black dashboard accents, alloy pedals, cruise control, satellite navigation system by Sanyo TomTom, choice of 3 body colors (Metropolitan Grey Mica, Ebony Mica, Crystal White Pearlescent), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a Traction Control System (TCS) and a limited-slip differential (Roadster Coupe only).As part of the Roadster’s 20th anniversary in Japan, Mazda held a special commemorative event on September 20, 2009 at its Miyoshi Proving Ground in western Japan. In addition, 200 MX-5s from Europe were gathered at 24 Hours of Le Mans. A “Best of Show” competition was held during the event with a special award going to the most beautiful MX-5.The third generation MX-5 was met with positive reviews. Jeremy Clarkson, in his “Driving” column of The Sunday Times, wrote that the MX-5 “represents better value for money than any other car on sale in Britain today.” He went on to say: “You waste your money on a Mustang or a Ferrari. The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I’m giving it five stars is because I can’t give it 14.” The exterior styling by Yasushi Nakamuta resembled the original design, but unlike the update from NA to NB, which was mostly a nose/tail/interior change, the NC shares no components with the NB, except for the fender-mounted turn signal lights on non-U.S. models, and rear differential internals. The chief designer of this model generation was Moray Callum. The 2003 Mazda Ibuki concept served as a preview of the new model. The suspension changed from a four-wheel double wishbone setup to a front wishbone/rear multilink setup, shared with the Mazda RX-8. Technologies including traction control and stability control were added to increase driveability. According to Car and Driver, the NC has a skidpad number of 0.90g. The Mazda Roadster BLACK TUNED models are based on the Mazda Roadster RS Power Retractable Hard Top with the 2.0-liter DOHC engine and six-speed manual transmission, and the Mazda Roadster VS Power Retractable Hard Top with 2.0-liter DOHC engine and six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. They were built for the Japanese market and included the following upgrades:The 25th Anniversary Model is a limited (1099 units) version of the MX-5 PRHT with a 2.0L engine, designed to celebrate 25 years of the MX-5. All cars are painted in an exclusive color, Soul Red Metallic, and feature Brilliant Black A-pillars, roof panels and mirror covers. Other additions include 17-inch Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels, a rear diffuser, and chrome exhaust trim; each car also features a unique, limited edition numbered external badging. Interior changes include Light Stone heated leather seats featuring embossed 25th anniversary logos in the headrests with contrasting red stitching. This contrasting stitching continues on the steering wheel, gear stick boot and handbrake lever. Each car also has special 25th anniversary logo scuff plates on the door sills, a Dark Red hand painted decoration panel on the dash, Brilliant Black roll-over bar covers, and drilled aluminum pedals. This model went on sale on August 1, 2014 in the UK; it sold out in the U.S. within 10 minutes. It has the following engine enhancements: matched pistons, a lightened flywheel and forged crankshaft. Suspension includes Bilstein shock absorbers on manual versions only.
Why do people like Miata so much?
The little cars combine affordability with clever engineering, dependability and driving fun, they say — even at low speeds. Miata values have been rising, too — especially for the first, so-called NA generation of the model years 1990 to 1998 — but hardly into Porsche or Ferrari territory.
The MS-R (Motor Sport-Racing) package was designed specifically to enhance the on-track performance of the MX-5 in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Showroom Stock B (SSB) road racing and C-Stock (CS) autocrossing. The MS-R package is based on the SV model MX-5, which already includes a 124 kW (166 hp) 2.0-liter four-cylinder MZR engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel disc brakes. The package adds a limited-slip differential, front shock-tower brace, underbody chassis bracing, 17″ alloy wheels, Koni shock absorbers, racing-specific front and rear sway bars, higher-rate springs to provide a lower ride height and a rear lip spoiler.The 20th Anniversary Model is a limited version of the MX-5 soft-top with a MZR 1.8L engine with only 2000 produced. It was built for the European market to commemorate 20 years of MX-5 production. It includes a special exterior styling package with a chrome grille, door handles and headlight fascia, silver-look fog lamp frames, unique 17-inch alloy wheels and 20th Anniversary logos and a strut tower bar. Available body colors include True Red, Crystal White Pearl and, specific for this edition, a new Aurora Blue (with matching painted decorative elements in the interior).
A six-speed automatic transmission, with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, was optional. A test by Car and Driver magazine revealed a 0-97 km/h (60 mph) time of 6.5 s for the 2.0 L (120 cu in) U.S.-spec NC. Manufacturer figures for the European-spec model are: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.4 s for the 1.8 and 7.9 s for the 2.0. As of this generation, the car no longer complies with Japanese law’s maximum exterior width dimension for the mid-size vehicle tax class, making Japanese buyers liable for additional costs for ownership.In August 2019 in the United States, Mazda Motorsports and Winding Road Racing announced Spec MX-5, a racing class structure based around the MX-5 NC that is designed to be an affordable, tech-able, reliable and fun-to-drive option for club racers. Race cars in the division will feature Roush Performance cylinder heads, Penske Racing shocks, Eibach springs and sway bars, Pagid brake pads, Toyo tires, and more, and will have a curb weight of 2,500 lb (1,100 kg). Spec MX-5 will have select events starting in 2020.
Based on the 2013 Sport Tech Roadster Coupe, it includes a modified, normally aspirated 2.0-liter Mazda petrol engine rated at 151 kW (203 bhp), remapped ECU, 6-speed manual transmission, adjustable lowered suspension, carbon fibre front splitter, carbon fibre rear diffuser, carbon fibre boot spoiler, sports exhaust system with twin central tailpipes, Brilliant Black A-Pillars, Roof Panels and Mirror Covers, Brilliant Black headlights, 17-inch Anthracite alloy wheels, “Jota” side decals, heated Recaro sport seats with leather and Alcantara, Brilliant Black roll-over bar covers, drilled aluminum pedals, “Jota” floor mats, and a unique identification plaque.
The MX-5 Miata Special Edition is a limited (450 units) version of the USA Market 2012 MX-5 Miata with black-only PRHT, two new body (non-roof) colors (Pearl White and Velocity Red), new 17-inch black gunmetal alloy wheels, black exterior accents, black heated leather seats and piano black interior finishes, six-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter or six-speed Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Premium and Suspension packages.Unveiled at the 2010 SEMA Show, the MX-5 Super20 included a DPTune-reflashed ECU with a supercharged Cosworth motor, ACT clutch, MAZDASPEED coilover shocks and shock tower brace, and Racing Beat hollow anti-roll bars. It also featured StopTech brakes, SpeedSource brake disks and 16-inch Enkei wheels.
Limited to 750 units in the U.S., the 2011 Special Edition was offered only as a PRHT version. The vehicles was available in Dolphin Gray Mica or Sparkling Black Mica with gray leather interior, Bilstein shocks, and LSD.
The MX-5 Super20 included Hyper Orange Mica-colored body, stationary glossy black hardtop with matching orange stripes, color-matched roll bar, black leather seats with suede seat inserts and orange contrast channel stitching, DPTune reflashed ECU, Racing Beat 304-stainless steel header and exhaust, Racing Beat hollow front and rear anti-roll bars, ACT organic street clutch, MAZDASPEED coil overs and a shock tower brace, Power Slot slotted brake rotors, StopTech stainless steel brake lines and street performance brake pads, SpeedSource front brake ducts, black 16-inch Enkei RPF1 twin-spoke racing wheels, Toyo Proxes RA-1 245/45ZR16 high-performance tires, 20 mm (0.79 in) H&R Track+ bolt-on wheel spacers in the rear and 15 mm (0.59 in) Sparco wheel spacers in the front.Making its debut at the 2005 New York International Auto Show, the 3rd Generation Limited was a launch edition of the MX-5 NC which featured added chrome accents, stainless steel scuff plates, and special 17-inch wheels. Velocity Red was an exclusive color to this edition. A limited run of 3,500 were built worldwide (300 in the UK, 750 in the U.S., 150 in Canada), delivered in advance of standard models.
Introduced at the 2005 SEMA Show, the Troy Lee Designs MX-5 NC was a one-off model that featured a custom silver/black paint scheme by L&G Enterprises, a body kit with rear deck cover designed by Keith Dean, 18-inch Volk Racing wheels, Wilwood brakes, and a custom black/red leather interior trim by Stitchcraft. The Mazda Roadster NR-A ‘Jimba-Ittai’ (マツダ ロードスター NR-A “人馬一体号”) is a race car with Enkei 16-inch alloy wheels, Bridgestone 16-inch tires, Bilstein dampers for a 20-millimeter lower vehicle height, Endless brake pads and TAKATA four-point seatbelts. The MX-5 Miyako is a limited edition of the MX-5 Soft-Top Convertible available in two versions, the MX-5 1.8i Miyako and the 2.0i Miyako. 500 units of each were produced. The 1.8i Miyako features a MZR 1.8-liter engine and a powered retractable hardtop, while the 2.0i Miyako is powered by the MZR 2.0-liter engine. It was built for the UK market to commemorate 20 years of MX-5 production. The Miyako package included Medici premium perforated black leather trim with a red underlay and stitching, special badging, floor mats and climate control air-conditioning. The exterior includes front fog lamps, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a front suspension strut brace, and metallic paint Aluminum Silver Metallic on the 2.0i Miyako and Velocity Red Mica on 1.8i Miyako). Both Miyako models also included remote central locking, a leather steering wheel with audio controls, an MP3 compatible audio system with six speakers and auxiliary (AUX) jack input, heated electric mirrors and electric front windows and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm with immobiliser. The 2.0i Miyako also included a limited-slip differential, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control.The Mazda Roadster BLACK TUNED-2012 is based on Mazda Roadster BLACK TUNED, but with BBS lightweight alloy wheels, Bilstein height adjustable dampers, Brembo brake system (painted in gold for the front) and Recaro seats.Introduced at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Kurenai Concept was a PRHT model in Radiant Ebony color with chrome accents, custom 17″ alloy wheels, and a red leather and alcantara interior. The MX-5 Sport Black is a limited edition of the MX-5 powered retractable hardtop (PRHT) with a 120 kW (160 PS) MZR-2.0L engine and Sport Tech equipment package, inspired by the Mazda MX-5 GT race car and built for the UK market. 500 examples were produced. It included a Brilliant Black powered retractable hardtop, black leather interior with contrasting ‘sand’ color stitching, Piano Black steering wheel and deco panel, and unique ‘Black Limited Edition’ exterior badging, uniquely numbered interior plaque and Limited Edition floor mats as well as dark ‘gun metal’ 17-inch alloy wheels and a limited-slip differential. Available body colors included Spirited Green metallic, Crystal White Pearlescent and Velocity Red mica. Major changes concern the restyled front which now incorporates elements from Mazda’s newer models like the larger grille and new head and fog lights. Further restyled elements include the side skirts, rear bumper and the tail lights. The soft-top Touring and Grand Touring models feature a mesh grille bordered by a chrome frame. The hardtop PRHT Roadster Coupe now features a mesh grille bordered by a chrome frame and chrome elements inside the headlamps and outer door handles.Made in 2011, for the 2012 model year, the MX-5 Miata Special Version (SV trim) is a limited (180 units) version of the Canadian Market 2012 model year MX-5 Miata GX base trim (no suspension package) with 2.0L MZR gasoline engine with the following upgrades: Velocity Red Mica exterior with Brilliant Black PRHT, Brilliant Black exterior door mirrors and roll bar garnish, 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels with 205/45R17 tires, heated black leather trimmed seats with sand colored stitching, leather steering wheel with Piano Black trim and sand colored stitching, leather parking brake with sand colored stitching, leather-like door trim with sand colored stitching, Piano Black decoration panel, alloy pedals, auto A/C, external thermometer and trip computer, 6 speed manual transmission. The only optional equipment was a 6 speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with overdrive.Sam Philip of Top Gear magazine gave the car a score of seven out of 10, saying that “if it’s rear-drive retro you need, the Mazda would like to remind you it’s still got its groove on…”The MX-5 Spyder is an MX-5 soft-top designed by Mazda North American Operations and Magna Car Top Systems. It included a single-panel grenadine-red soft-top made by Haartz Corporation, lower car body, Stratosphere White body color, Yokohama AO48 225/45R17 performance with 17-inch 10-spoke ADVAN RS wheels in Gun Metal Metallic, a turbocharged MZR 2.0-liter engine fueled by BP’s isobutanol, a lithium-ion racing battery made by Braille Battery, a Racing Beat header, intake and exhaust muffler, MAZDASPEED coil over kit, Brembo brakes, tanned Saddle black-leather seats with Aqua leather accents and Coal Ash suede inserts, Spider Silk Gray Metallic-colored trim pieces on the doors and dash, black interior, customized floor mats by Star West and a MAZDASPEED short-throw shifter.
For 2008, Mazda released a Special Edition MX-5 with an Icy Blue exterior and exclusive Dark Saddle Brown folding top, and matching leather with blue stitching on the steering wheel, seats, and hand brake lever. The Special Edition also featured a silver-accented shift knob, dark-silver finished instrument panel with chrome accents, special 17″ (430 mm) alloy wheels, stainless steel MX-5 scuff plates, and chrome front headlight bezels, as well as grille and fog lamp surrounds. The 2008 Special Edition was limited to 105 PRHT-equipped units in Canada and 750 soft-top units in the U.S.
The Jota is a production version of the 2012 MX-5 GT Concept car, built in Kent by Jota Sport. It went on sale in March 2014 and was available exclusively from approved Mazda dealer, Lodge Garage, in the UK.
In July 2012, for the 2013 model year, new features included using coordinated black and silver features to the respective soft-top and power retractable hardtop cars, front bumper has a bigger grille opening as well as a revised fog lamp design and new lip spoiler, a new luxury tan color interior option, implementing Active Bonnet for pedestrian protection, and weight reduction via re-designed front bumper, new 17-inch aluminum wheels and even with the internal wiring. While no modifications were done to the powerplant, Mazda did retune the ECU on the manual transmission MX-5 to provide a more linear throttle response. Braking performance has also been altered, with the brake booster being modified to better modulate braking performance on the roadster. U.S. market Touring trim was replaced by Club trim with addition of black headlamps, black side mirror covers, 17″x7″ gun metal black alloy wheels, Bilstein dampers, limited-slip differential, body color dash trim, red stitched black cloth seats, MX-5 decals, and more pronounced front and rear aerodynamic splitters. Colors for the new Club trim were limited to True Red, Brilliant Black, Crystal White Pearl, and Liquid Silver Metallic. There are only two choices for tops: black cloth top or black PRHT.
Introduced at the 2012 Leipzig Motor Show, the MX-5 “Yusho” is a limited version of the MX-5 with a supercharged 2.0-liter MZR petrol engine featuring a supercharger kit by Flyin’ Miata and Cosworth pistons as well as connecting rods rated at 241 PS (177 kW; 238 hp) and 274 N⋅m (202 lb⋅ft) at 5,450 rpm, top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph), individually designed muffler with large cross sections and centrally positioned double tailpipes, six-speed manual transmission with special sports clutch and shorter final drive ratio of 4.1, suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, larger stabilizer bars and lowering springs from Eibach Federn; 8Jx17 anthracite gray alloy wheels with Toyo semi-slick tires, matte-white film wrapping and white foiled rear spoiler, rear diffuser in carbon fiber-optics and the dark wheels, suede-trimmed steering wheel, Recaro sport seats with leather and Alcantara. Yusho is the Japanese word for victory.
The vehicle is powered by a MZR 1.8-liter petrol engine rated at 93 kW (125 hp) at 6,500 rpm and 167 N⋅m (123 lb⋅ft) torque at 4,500 rpm. It features a 5-speed manual transmission, double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, Bilstein monotube dampers, 205/45R17 tires, 300 mm (11.8 in) ventilated front brake discs and 280 mm (11.0 in) solid rear brake discs. The “Superlight” weighs in at 1,000 kg (2,200 lb), making it 59 kg (130 lb) heavier than the original NA 1.8 series MX-5.
Mazda Miata’s are popular cars that have been around for over 25 years. It is often considered a “JDM” car, but this isn’t always the case. In this blog post, we will discuss the history of the Miata and whether or not it is a true Japanese Domestic Market car. We will also talk about some of the different models and variants that have been released over the years.So, is the Mazda Miata a JDM car? Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. It all depends on which generation you’re talking about and where you are in the world. If you’re looking for a true JDM car, you need a car that was originally sold in Japan. These are usually right hand drive. The JDM version of the Miata was called the Eunos. For the most part it was the same as the USDM (United States Domestic Market, aka sold in the USA), with a few exceptions. However, if you’re just looking for a fun and affordable car to drive, the Miata is definitely worth considering. We hope this post has helped clear up some confusion about the miata’s JDM status.The Mazda Miata was first introduced in 1989 and was originally only sold in Japan. It wasn’t until 1990 that the Miata was made available to the rest of the world. The Miata quickly became popular for its small size, light weight, and affordable price tag. It was also praised for its handling and fuel economy. Over the years, there have been four different generations of the Miata: NA, NB, NC, and ND. Each generation has seen different changes and improvements.
The Mazda Miata is a popular car that has been around for over 25 years. It is often considered a “JDM” car, but this isn’t always the case. In this blog post, we will discuss the history of the Miata and whether or not it is a true Japanese Domestic Market car. We will also talk about some of the different models and variants that have been released over the years.
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Is NC Miata reliable?
Mazda engines are notorious for their reliability and simplicity. As a result of this, it’s not uncommon to see an MX-5 Miata engine pass the 200,000-mile mark. With the right care and maintenance, your MX-5 Miata can go even further than that.
In reality, we don’t think the Mazda MX-5 Miata is or was a girl’s car. The truth of the matter is that Mazda debuted the Miata in 1990 in its attempt to make a rear-drive, lightweight car that was as fun as the British roadsters from years before. And it worked. In fact, the brand even sold over 23,000 Miatas during its first year in production, which was greater than the number of Toyota MR2s sold that same year. On top of that, the Miata has formed quite the community of enthusiasts that like to modify them six ways from Sunday and tune to them to be faster than almost any muscle car you’ll find cruising down your street.Let’s get one thing straight: Cars are genderless (no matter what you like to name yours) and they do not dictate the owner’s gender. That being said, we can all likely agree that the Mazda MX-5 Miata is not a “girl’s car.” But why would the public at large think this way?
Is a Miata an everyday car?
The NB Miata is undoubtedly one of the best driver’s cars on the face of the planet. To that point, the very attributes that make it a brilliant driver’s car (lightweight, RWD, short-ratio manual) are those which make it a sub-par daily driver. Can the Miata be driven daily? Of course.
Whether you love it or hate it, the Mazda MX-5 is still a fun car through and through, no matter what gender you are. Mazda hit the nail on the head with the latest iteration by giving the MX-5 all of the creature comforts you need (auto climate control, Apple Carplay, etc.), along with a six-speed manual transmission, and a zippy 2.0-liter engine that makes 181 horsepower, which is more than that rare Mazdaspeed Miata made (178 hp). So there, is that “manly” enough for you?
For drivers, the MX-5 Miata offers great handling and optimal performance at an attractive price point. The older generations were also popular with budding car enthusiasts as they were incredibly easy to work on.
Plus, when things do go wrong, Japanese cars tend to be cheaper to repair. This is down to their mechanical simplicity and the mass-production of replacement parts that become available to consumers. On the whole, the MX-5 Miata is the perfect daily driver for motoring enthusiasts and casual drivers alike. If you need a reliable, headache-free sports car that you can still turn heads with, I would fully recommend opting for a Mazda MX-5 Miata. I was impressed with the car from the get-go. You point it in a direction and it goes there. There’s no complicated infotainment system, no seat warming technology. It does exactly what you want it to do, and it does it well.All generations of the Mazda MX-5 Miata are considered to be reliable vehicles. In a 2021 survey by Which?, the 2020 MX-5 Miata came out top in reliability with just 3% of owners experiencing a fault with their car in the previous year.
Are Miata seats comfortable?
The Mazda Miata has two seats, and they’re both comfortable and supportive. The cabin provides decent head- and legroom for average-size adults, but its narrow width limits knee and elbow room. Cloth seats are standard.
I have personally been daily driving my MX-5 Miata for a couple of years now. Being a second-generation model (NB) from 2005, there are a few modern creature comforts that are noticeably absent.Mazda engines are notorious for their reliability and simplicity. As a result of this, it’s not uncommon to see an MX-5 Miata engine pass the 200,000-mile mark. With the right care and maintenance, your MX-5 Miata can go even further than that.
Some of these factors are completely out of your control. You might just get unlucky with your MX-5 Miata. However, this is rare. Mazda’s impressive quality control processes have further refined the popular roadster over the years. It’s pretty bulletproof.
Today, we’ll explore my personal experience with the MX-5 Miata, and why the automotive industry praises it as one of the most reliable vehicles on the planet. Let’s go!
Likewise, the suspension components are not considered a problem area in any generation of Miata. With the car being so lightweight, the suspension components don’t experience much stress. In any case, it’s always a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for replacing parts.Mazda currently runs three production plants in Japan – the Hiroshima plant, the Miyoshi plant and the Hofu plant. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is built and assembled in the Hiroshima plant and shipped across the world for drivers to enjoy.
Yes, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a good daily driver. It’s reliable, sporty and easy on gas consumption. It’s also kitted out with all of the necessary safety and entertainment features. Bring some excitement back into your daily driving with the MX-5 Miata!
But nothing comes close to contaminating the excitement I feel driving my MX-5 Miata on a daily basis. It keeps you involved, and it turns heads when you drive down the street. I love to feel involved when driving – I don’t want to be bored, or feel like the car is driving itself!
The Miata is not only one of the most beloved sports cars out there, but it’s also one of the most reliable. In fact, Mazda has won several awards over the years for the car’s reliability.
But how do you protect your MX-5 Miata for the long term? Our research indicates that regular servicing is the most effective way to protect your engine for the future.
As mentioned, though, rust is a real issue with the NA, NB and NC Miatas. When kept and driven in colder climates, especially where it snows and where there is salt on the roads, older MX-5 Miatas will be susceptible to rust. Hey! Neil here. Welcome to the Casual Car Guide. I’m a huge fan of cars and automotive culture and I currently drive an 05 Mazda MX-5 NB. Thanks for checking out my website! On average, Mazda MX-5 Miatas will reach 200,000 miles with proper care and maintenance, like regular servicing. The main issue with older generations of the MX-5 Miata is rust, which results in thousands of them being scrapped every year.‘Kaizen’ is a Japanese business term that means ‘continuous improvement’. The Kaizen philosophy is popular in Japanese car manufacturing, where each and every employee has a duty to improve processes and technology on a daily basis.
At TopMiata, we take pride in providing our customers with the best-quality NC interior parts at the most competitive prices. Whether you’re looking to enhance the look and feel of your Miata NC or improve its functionality, our products are guaranteed to meet your needs. All of our products are made from top-quality materials and are designed to last.Our seat covers are designed to provide the ultimate protection to your Miata’s seats while adding a touch of style and elegance. Made from top-quality materials, our seat covers are available in a wide range of colors and designs to match your personal style.We also offer a range of floor mats and cargo liners that provide superior protection against dirt, debris, and spills. Our cargo liners are custom-made to fit your Miata perfectly, ensuring maximum coverage and protection. Our shift knobs come in a variety of colors and styles, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your taste and preference. Made from high-quality materials such as aluminum and stainless steel, our shift knobs are durable, lightweight, and comfortable to use. “Miatas are simple, even the new ones,” she said. “There’s not a lot to interfere with your driving. I can wind my Miata out just going from one traffic light to another. Plus, they’re cheap — I don’t like spending a lot of money on a car.”“It was a nice car, with the speakers in the headrests that let me listen to books on tape, and I drove it for 15 years,” said Mr. Nelson, who lives in Long Beach, Calif. “I loved that car, but I was doing a lot with motorcycles, and I needed a truck. The little cars combine affordability with clever engineering, dependability and driving fun, they say — even at low speeds. Miata values have been rising, too — especially for the first, so-called NA generation of the model years 1990 to 1998 — but hardly into Porsche or Ferrari territory. Hagerty estimates that a fully restored 1990 Miata is worth $29,800. “More than one million have been built, and you can track them or just cruise,” he added. “Miatas offer the best way into vintage racing. They’re incredibly reliable, and they hold value well.”
Mr. Abuelsamid covers electric, autonomous and connected cars, and he road-tests the latest models. To unwind, however, he goes old school, putting the top down and driving to nowhere in particular for a couple of hours.Gregor Hembrough, the head of Polestar North America, chose a 2002 Miata as daily transportation when he worked for Volvo in Goteborg, Sweden, in the early 2000s.
“The NA epitomized Japanese design, with minimal obstructions to the sightlines. In the Midwest, where I’m from, they make fun of the Miata, but they just don’t understand what makes it great.” While he was at Automobile, a half dozen other employees owned Miatas, he said.
Is Miata cheap to maintain?
The table below shows a complete ranking of how various cars rank in this overall system as some comparison. Given that the Mazda Mx-5 miata has an average of $429 and that the average vehicle costs $651 annual — the Mx-5 miata is substantially cheaper to maintain.
Taking Buddy off the beaten path, even if it results in broken axles, is what she does for fun. Ms. Hall, who lives in Yucca Valley, Calif., is one of a large group of auto industry people — executives, analysts and journalists — who, having driven everything else, buy and enjoy Mazda Miatas.
To relax, Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst for e-mobility at Guidehouse Insights in Detroit, regularly takes out his 1990 Miata — a very early model built in October 1989. “My dog, Rosie, likes riding in it,” Mr. Abuelsamid said. “She’s tall enough to stick her head out.”
Stephanie Brinley, principal analyst for the Americas in IHS Markit’s automotive division, is on her second Miata in Troy, Mich. To tackle Michigan winters, she throws snow tires on — even putting the top down sometimes if the sun is out.Normally these two loves would be star-crossed, but not in Ms. Hall’s case. The Miata (one of two she owns) is happiest away from the pavement: It’s lifted to give the normally low-slung roadster 10 inches of ground clearance, and has a beefed-up radiator to cope with hot trail days, a skid plate to protect the vulnerable undercarriage, a row of rally lights, a skimpy bikini top for sun protection and huge 27-inch tires. Despite the stock 1.8-liter engine, producing a modest 142 horsepower, it can and does get airborne. “The best part of Buddy is that he makes everyone smile — they leave notes on him when I go for gas,” said Ms. Hall, who also has a 178-horsepower 2004 NB (second-generation) Mazdaspeed Miata with a turbocharger. “My first Miata was a 1998 I bought gently used with only 1,500 miles on the odometer,” Ms. Brinley said. “I was replacing an Acura Integra GS-R, which is a pretty sporty car, and I wanted something that would be just as much fun but still in a reasonable price range. After 15 years I got tired of having to take the Miata’s hardtop on and off every year, and bought a 2012 NC with the power retractable hardtop.”