1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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Could the 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Beat the 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera?

April 20, 2011

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera

I drove our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata last night after I had taken our 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera just the night before, and after having driven both cars, I feel confident that the Miata can beat that old 911 in a drag race.

Sure, back in the day a stock Miata had a 0-60 of about 8 seconds (and with the M edition's weight that's being generous) and the Porsche was 5.6 seconds. But flash-forward to now with our supercharged MX-5 and its "better time" (Project Miata Editor JayKav will be posting its most current performance numbers shortly) and the Porsche, well, who knows since we haven't track tested it yet...but with its long throws and finicky gearshifter...h'yeah. It doesn't stand a chance, at least off the line, against the quicker-shifting Miata.

In any case, after not having driven the Miata in ages, it felt good to get behind its wheel again. I only took it last night, not only because I wanted to see how it felt after the Porsche, but because I wanted a car that was easy to pilot in the highly congested area I was driving into and that was fun at the same time. It's a great city car — easy to negotiate traffic, can park it anywhere and bonus for the wheeee!

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 130,580 miles

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