This edition of Buy/Drive/Burn was inspired by the comments some of you left on the recent QOTD Crapwagon Garage post on coupes. Though roadsters and convertibles were off limits there, the conversation turned to them wistfully. Don’t worry, convertible week is coming. In the meantime, we’ve got a ragtop from 2005 to burn. Which one will it be? About a decade ago, consumers had more choice for fun and affordable ragtop rides than they do today. Even with a strict price limit at $25,000, fun in the sun was yours for the taking. One of today’s contenders even has the engine in the middle. Mazda Miata LS It’s the one you knew would be here for sure. 2005 was the final model year for the second generation (NB) Miata, as the simple roadster was replaced by the larger and more rounded NC generation. Always a value leader, both the base and up-level LS trims came with a 1.8-liter inline-four producing 142 horsepower. All those horses go to the rear wheels via the … [Read more...] about Buy/Drive/Burn: Affordable Convertibles From 2005
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The automotive industry is shockingly small. People jump from company to company more often than you might expect, it's an incestuous business. Most of the time, people move to a new automaker without being noticed by the public. Designers can't fly under the radar.You constantly hear how one car looks like another, like an automaker is stealing design from its competitors. A modern example would be Kias looking like Audis, which is because Kia hired Peter Schreyer from Audi to be its design head a decade ago. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below This was also happening in the 1990s, notably with two very different roadsters. The first was the V10-powered Dodge Viper, essentially a modern tribute to the Shelby Cobra. The second was the NB-generation Mazda Miata, which was the first redesign of the quintessential lightweight roadster.These two cars are 100 percent unrelated in terms of engine and chassis. They also debuted a decade apart. But they have one common link: Ken … [Read more...] about There’s a Good Reason Why The NB Miata and Dodge Viper Look Similar
We all know the mantra that ‘Miata is always the answer,’ but could today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe NA MX5’s price prove that answer to be questionable? When positioned as potential dating material, people of unconventional facades are stereotypically described by their advocates as ‘having a good personality.’ That is supposed to somehow make up for their lack of visual appeal. With that being said, I’d like to point out that last Friday’s 2008 BMW M6 convertible most likely has a very nice personality. At least I hope it does. sThe fact is, the E64 Six-series looks like the before picture in just about any comparison. Woof! Making up for that was a 500-pony V10 engine, a rare (one of only 378 built, it seems) six-speed manual transmission, and, apparently, a decent price. That modest $26,900 asking was a mere sliver of what the car went for new and even a Carfax report showing some shunts in its past couldn’t stop the mighty but … [Read more...] about At $16,900, Is This 1990 Mazda Miata The Answer To A Question Nobody Asked?
Last month, we reported on a VIN filing dug up by Road & Track that showed that the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata's 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine would get a power bump, from 155 to 181 net horsepower. As for how the 2019 Miata would make that extra power, we heard rumors it'd utilize a new cylinder head allowing higher revs, accounting for that extra power. Now we have what appears to be a leaked document from Mazda Canada showing exactly where that extra power comes from. According to the document posted at Miata.net (registration required to see the image), Mazda will alter camshaft lift and valve size on both the intake and exhaust side, fit freer-flowing exhaust, and smooth and enlarge the piping on the air intake side. There are also internal engine modifications: lighter pistons with lower crowns for better swirl in the combustion chamber, lighter connecting rods, and a crankshaft balanced for higher-RPM operation. All those extra revs mean extra vibration and noise, so Mazda will … [Read more...] about What a 181-horsepower 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata means for us, and you
If you own an NA or NB Mazda MX-5 Miata and want something to make your car stand out, this might be the accessory for you. It's a transparent "bubble" hardtop, formed in the same shape as the OEM top, except its totally see-through. The piece, developed by enthusiast Jonathan Mark, is made of durable acrylic and uses the same mounting points as the normal hardtop, but weighs in at just 20 pounds–less than half the weight of the factory item. In order to cut down on heat and keep the cabin cool, there's an ultra violet filter film. It's the best of both worlds, really: The visibility of having no roof, but the comfort and isolation of having an installed top. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below There are some drawbacks to the bubble piece, though. The top's website—which looks like it was made in 2005—says the piece isn't designed for speeds over 80 mph, and it scratches easily. Still, it's cooler than the stock top. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The … [Read more...] about This Fully Transparent Bubble Hardtop Is the Coolest Accessory for Your Miata