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1997 Mazda Miata: Look! It's an Engine!

May 06, 2011

1997 Mazda Miata: Look! It's an Engine!

How refreshing to pop the hood on a car and see the actual engine rather than a giant slab of stylized plastic covering everything up. I know that sometimes those covers serve as additional sound insulation, but they're typically used to improve the underhood aesthetics (there's nothing sexy about today's plastic intake manifolds and a bunch of wires and hoses).

But in addition to making things like spark plugs and dipsticks more readily accessible, our Miata's unadorned engine allows gear heads like me to see the handsome cover for the double-overhead camshafts and the racy individual, aluminum runners of the intake manifold. Just another characteristic of these first-gen Miatas that I like.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 130,956 miles

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