"IT DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH OF TEH POWER!!!1!" the naysayers will scream about the 2016 Mazda Miata, even though it sounds like an absolute delight as well as a marvel of modern weight-saving in engineering. But for the people who always want more, Flyin' Miata says they'll have them covered.
Chances are you've heard of Flyin' Miata, the famed purveyors of Miata performance parts — turbos, blowers, and perhaps most famously, V8 engine swaps. Are they gonna do the latter with this all-new ND Miata? Baby girl, you know they are!
That's what Flyin' Miata's Keith Tanner told Road & Track today after the first reviews of the car started trickling out on the Internet. They plan on getting their hands on at least one or two ND Miatas soon, and they're already thinking about what can be done.
"The first thing we'll do is drive it and find out where its weak point is. Suspension is always a compromise, and guys will always want something more towards their preferences. We can send shocks off to people like Fox and keep developing the car in the mean time."
And after that? "Then we can find out how well an LS [V8] fits under that sexy bonnet."
Ooooh, yes. Also:
As Jack Baruth pointed out in his first drive, that weight savings came from everywhere. Mazda focused the full brunt of its engineering efforts on using light-weight materials in every system on the car, right down to the transmission and rear differential. Does that mean the driveline may not stand up to additional power from a turbocharger or supercharger?
"If the ring and pinion is smaller, that's certainly going to bring up some issues. We learned that with the early 1.6 Miatas. As far as transmission strength? That's a tough one evaluate unless you go out and break one."
Good news all around. If you've ever fantasized about blowing the doors off a Challenger SRT8 in a Miata — and God knows I do — then Flyin' Miata will you covered. And even if not, they have a pretty high opinion of the new car, and put it in a way that really rings my bell:
"The original Miata was an MG you could own without the pain. The new one is a Lotus you can own without the hassle."