Everything is cooler in off-road trim—even the 420,666,069th Mazda Miata you’ve seen on the internet, or a Porsche 912 that was already cool. The masterminds behind the Gambler 500 recently dropped by Hoonigan for a good ol’ fashioned hoon-off, and needless to say, everybody wins in their battle of cool cars catching…
The Hoonigans bought a lousy $200 Miata with questionable mods and history, but never quite fell in love with it. It wasn’t fun to rip around their yard and took too much time away from their first love, a beat-up $350 BMW E36 named Shitcar. So, they made it into a “deathkart,” which is the most delightful revenge you…
The Mazda Miata’s never been known for outright power, and at 155 horsepower and a much lighter weight than its predecessor, the current one moves just fine. But who are we to say no to more? And more could be what we’re getting soon.
Mitsuoka, the world’s leading producer of Nissans re-made to look like sub-scale Jaguar Mark 2s, has just—and I do mean just now—unveiled their new, completely re-designed Miata-based roadster, now based on the latest Mazda MX-5. It’s called the Himiko I think it’s my favorite flavor of new Miata you can buy today.
The older my mom gets, the more she reminds me that you can’t take money with you when you die. She’s right, but that didn’t stop her from demanding I give her at least $7,000 for her 2008 Mazda Miata. She’s happy to let me inform you that she got her price, and rolled home in a 2017 Miata with 52 miles on it.
It seems most of us err on the side of “no thanks” when it comes to Mazda Miatas re-bodied to look like classic Ford Mustangs. But the Miata is a versatile platform with many good qualities, and now a reader has pointed me toward a Miata-based customization project I find much more compelling.
The older I get, the more I try and subscribe to the “you do you” ethos when it comes to taste in cars. Stance? Sure, bud. Everything Liberty Walk does? If you enjoy it, why not! Donks? They’re part of a thriving culture most people don’t even bother to understand. But this... this 1997 Mazda Miata that’s been…
Shut down the internet, everybody: I have found the world’s greatest Miata.
Outside of Japan, Kenichi Yamamoto isn’t a household name. Not the way Henry Ford and Carroll Shelby and Lee Iacocca are. Yet most people who enter the auto industry don’t get to produce one of the greatest alternative engines ever made, or oversee the development of one of the most beloved sports cars of all time.…
A couple of weeks ago, I had an unexpected yet important thought: My mother, not wanting to hear what people think about her car-buying tendencies, often keeps it to herself until a car’s been bought. Selfishly, I realized her 2008 Mazda Miata could disappear at any time, and asked her to offer it to me first.
Oh, you thought it was lovely to watch one 2017 Mazda Miata RF put its wacky robotic roof down? Ha! You must not know what true happiness is. Try nine at once. (Or eight? Or some other number? They all start to blend together.)
As a city to drive in, Tokyo isn’t the worst, but it is bad. London and L.A. were more chaotic and traffic in Tokyo isn’t nearly as bad as the latter, but it’s still not the ideal place to drive a sports car. So where does one go if one wants some nice roads to drive on? Well there’s one obvious place.
There’s been a Mazda Miata in my mom’s garage for as long as I can remember. She’s a car enthusiast—not the kind who knows every obscure car ever, but the kind who wants to drive and wants to drive a manual transmission. So, when a 2017 Mazda Miata RF wound up at my house, it was a table-turning of sorts.
Who doesn’t love a Miata? The zippy little car with the happy headlights and grinning grill is a staple of the enthusiast car culture, and has been for over 25 years now. There is one Miata, however, that doesn’t get as much love. Maybe it should. The NC Miata was produced between 2006 and 2015 and it’s not as pure…
We like to say that the Mazda Miata is always the answer, and there’s one big reason for that: it is kind of incredible how, in the Miata’s nearly 30 year history, the company never managed to screw it up.
Thanks to miracles of modern science, the invisibility cloak from Harry Potter has become a reality, and some genius YouTuber has decided—for whatever reason—to use it to tear down a 1.6-liter B6ZE Miata engine. Either that, or this amazing video is just stop-motion—it’s not entirely clear.
Thankfully, there are still good driving roads that exist in this trash world of ours. They are one of the last places where we can go and enjoy our cars without signing up for a track day. But because they are public roads, safety is key. Especially on the Tail of the Dragon.
Here at Jalopnik, we are, for the most part, big fans of the Mazda Miata. (You may have heard about this once or twice before.) The current ND generation roadster is arguably the closest evolution of the original NA Miata yet, and you may be surprised to find new and lightly used examples cheaper than you expected.