1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda Miata: For Blips

May 20, 2011

1997 Mazda Miata: For Blips

Thanks to the broad power band the Kraftwerks supercharger affords our Miata, downshifting isn't nearly as necessary as it used to be, but I'll be damned if I don't like to do it anyway. It was fun before the we swapped in our Flyin' Miata clutch and flywheel, but now, now it just gets me all giggly.

It does take me a few shifts to adapt to the nature of this engine, especially since my own cars don't have such light flywheels, but once I do, up shifting, and especially downshifting, become second nature. It makes me feel like I actually know what I'm doing. That alone is worth whatever we paid for the parts, in spades.

I'm going to have to buy Mr. Kavanagh an ice cream sandwich. With bacon.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 131,214 miles

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