Excellent 2nd car
By Stuart on
1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata M-Edition 2dr Convertible
This is the most fun-to-drive car that I've ever had the pleasure of driving. Not especially fast, but the chassis dynamics are an excellent compromise between comfort and control. The stock exhaust provides an aural symphony as you run through the gears. To maximize acceleration, you'll need to spin it >4k rpm. Shifting is a "snick-snick" proposition with short, precise throws. Don't expect a limo ride, but it's far from punishing. Handling is excellent - balanced, with moderate roll and good feel through the wheel. Trunk space is limited; it could use a 6th gear; rear-side visibility is limited with the top up; and the car is not quiet. These are the demerits.
Handling balance, engine sounds, shifting feel. Overall, this is an exceptional drivers car.
Stiffer chassis (but <20# weight), slightly firmer roll bars, and add 20 more each hp & torque.