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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Capable

February 16, 2012

 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Capable

Perhaps you're already a believer in the capability of the MX-5 platform. If not, the video after the jump should help. It shows a turbocharged first-generation Miata running at a pace similar to that of a Z06 Corvette. On the Nurburgring.

This guy's claim to fame is an 8-minute, 5--second Bridge-to-Ganrtry time. If you're not familiar, Bridge-to-Gantry timing is what's used on "tourist" days at the 'Ring, since on those days it's not possible to complete a lap without stopping to queue up at the gate. In other words, it's the most practical real-world measure of speed around the famous track. Check here and you'll see that this guy keeps some pretty good company.

Or just click through for the real fun.

We've been a little short on Miata posts lately, but fear not: We've got a comparison test, of sorts, on the way.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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