1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Telltale

November 03, 2011

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Telltale

As if the roll bars and the fat tires didn't tip you off as to the 'realness' of our Miata, then the little shiny silver thing hiding in the mouth would certainly do it. That's a real, honest to goodness intercooler (not to be mistaken for an interfooler). It's the sign of a boosted car, and usually one with a little extra sauce under the hood - even if it came equipped with forced induction from the factory.

And while some people prefer the full stealth look, one that gives no hint to the performance that lurks beneath the skin, I kinda like seeing subtle signs of speed like this. I think our Miata fits the bill pretty well - not that it couldn't use even more power.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 133,760 miles

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