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The Answer Is Not Miata

Considering that my last two posts on Right Foot Down have been about a Mazdaspeed MX-5 and a Miata show, you’ve probably gotten the idea that I’m a bit of a Miata fanatic. You’d be right. I’ve had three – a 1990, 1991, and 1993, all Classic Red. They were daily drivers, back road bombers, autocross beasts, and track… » 7/26/15 9:34am Sunday 9:34am

Want A Miata With Real Power? 'Extreme' Fiat 124 Abarth Confirmed

“It’s good, but what if it had more power?” Such is the question that has dogged the Mazda Miata for decades. Save for tuners and one turbo Mazdaspeed version, we’ve never really gotten it. Now the Italians are here to answer that question for us: the Fiat 124 Spider will get an “extreme” Abarth version. » 7/20/15 7:00pm 7/20/15 7:00pm

The 2016 Mazda Won't Get More Power, Deal With It Haters

Reviews of the 2016 Mazda Miata have been universally glowing, with auto journalists (who aren’t biased when it comes to Miatas at all, ever) praising it as something like the Second Coming, except better and with a convertible top. And yet many people with doubt in their hearts continue to pine for more power. When… » 7/01/15 12:50pm 7/01/15 12:50pm

Reddit Kid 'Bullied' Over Miata Was Probably A Hoax, But You're Great

Last week, all over the car-loving internet there was a disturbing story: a 17-year-old buys his first car, a Mazda Miata. Great choice, right? Well, not according to his post on Reddit, where he describes a depressing litany of vandalism to his car by small-minded dipshits who scrawled “bitch boy car” on his MX-5.… » 6/03/15 10:00pm 6/03/15 10:00pm

Put Some Class In Your Dumb Life With Mitsuoka's Insane Baroque Miata

This era of human history is a special time. The world is united in celebration over the debut of the 2016 Mazda Miata, which is really really good. But maybe you don’t want a lightweight and thoroughly modern roadster. Maybe you want a neo-Baroque Morgan knockoff with Mini Cooper headlamps. Mitsuoka has got you… » 6/01/15 12:20pm 6/01/15 12:20pm

Watch A Field Of Spec Miatas Crash In A Sandstorm Made Of Oil Dry

A car in an earlier race at this weekend’s SCCA US Majors Tour at Virginia International Raceway blew its engine, spewing assorted fluids all along this section of track. Oil dry should soak that right up, right? Sure, but when a tight pack of Spec Miatas hit the oil dry afterwards, it just added to the carnage. » 4/21/15 10:42am 4/21/15 10:42am

2016 Mazda Miata Club Edition: I'd Like To Join, Please

There’s something wonderful about taking car and distilling it down to the very essence of what makes it great to begin with. Do that to a Cadillac Seville, you get a velour sofa. Do it to a GT-R, you get a robot with rocket boots. Do it to the new Miata, and you get this: the Miata Club Edition. » 4/01/15 12:10am 4/01/15 12:10am

Confirmed: Fiat's Miata-Based Roadster Will Be Called 124 Spider

Mazda and Fiat have been cooking up a new roadster based on the 2016 Miata platform for a while now. First it was supposed to be an Alfa Romeo, then it was punted over to Fiat after Alfa decided to make their own roadster. (Apparently Mazda wasn't Italian enough for them.) But now we have an official name for the Fiat… » 3/03/15 9:55am 3/03/15 9:55am