1997 Mazda Miata: My Favorite Flavor of M
March 03, 2011
Yes, that's just M, not M&Ms. Our Miata is an M Edition, essentially a loaded version of the car that came with leather seats, a unique color and special wheels. If we're talking strictly first generation here and I get to pick from the dizzying array of M Editions / Special Editions (as we point out in our comprehensive Miata history), I've got to go with the 1995 M edition. The '95 M came painted a rich shade called Merlot Mica, which was nicely accented by the BBS wheels and tan upholstery. Though I like the look of real wood trim, I prefer the tactility of leather for vehicle controls, so I'd replace the wood shift knob and parking brake handle. Oh yeah, I'd also put in a Kraftwerks supercharger kit.
Any Miata fans out there agree with my choice or have a different M Edition / Special Edition of the first-gen Miata they'd prefer?
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 129,745 miles