1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A Weekend In the Sun

June 17, 2010

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I'm happy to say it drives about as good as it looks. Yeah, I happen to like the dents; they make it look like a tough little bastard.

Anyway, apart from the driver's seat bolster, which looks like a popped bratwurst, and that smell, the only complaint I have is the steering wheel, which is too low and prevents me from heel/toe shifting because it presses down on my right leg. Our Miata Meister, Jay, has hinted that a smaller steering wheel has been considered, along with some seat modifications as well.

Shut up and tell you how it drives? Fine.

With the trick new suspension and more aggressive wheel and tire package, I expected a tramlining, bouncy nightmare. But Jay has apparently thought this through because the car's good traits have merely been enhanced. The car gives you great feedback and the damping is more or less spot on. Honestly, the only problem now is not having enough power to overwhelm the cars considerable level of grip.

I was let in on the power plans for this car, and while I don't want to divulge the exact specs or architecture of the new motor, I will tell you it involves pistons.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 177,078 miles

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