2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Engine Looks Like an Engine
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on December 15, 2015
Does it really matter that the engine in our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata actually looks like an engine? Not really. But it does say a little bit about the people who designed it.
As you can see, there are no big plastic covers in this engine bay. Nothing obscuring the mechanical bits underneath in the name of "cleanliness." It looks like the machine that it is and that's the way the engineers and designers wanted it.
In fact, they told us that the metal valve cover you see here is actually heavier than the plastic one used on the Mazda 3 that uses the same engine. Plastic is fine for a budget hatchback, but a sportscar should have an engine that looks purposeful. At least that what they told us.
I hope the story is true. It means that there are still people at car companies that think of stuff like this. For most cars it's not practical, or even necessary, but on occasion it makes sense. This is one of those occasions.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor