1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Supercharged: Refined Yet Potent

January 13, 2011

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Supercharged: Refined Yet Potent

I was spoiled by our third-generation long-term 2006 Miata, whose neatly packaged trunk would accept rollaboard bags. I know Caroline fit one in here, but not so for my heavyweight 24-incher. Ah, nevermind. With my passenger loaded, I drove off and my thoughts immediately turned to Project Miata's supercharger installation

What tractable power the blown 1.8-liter delivers at low rpm. The car accelerates smoothly off idle and gets stronger and more exciting as rpm build -- and it all happens without a hitch. No random stalling, no stumbling, no burping, no snorting, no strange odors. If I didn't know better, I'd think this '97 Miata came this way from the factory.

And honestly, I wouldn't mind if that was the case. If all Miatas were this quick and this easy to drive, Mazda would probably sell a few more.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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