Mazda Miata MX-5 : A special

Mazda Miata MX-5. Yes. It has been my Dream Car for a really long time until the Mazda Kazamai took over. But, nonetheless, this will remain a special for me.

In today’s “let the gizmos handle it” world, where some cars offer not just cruise control so advanced that it can stop the car if need be, but also a warning system that alerts a driver who starts drifting out of his lane, it’s easy to forget the simple joy of fully involved driving. Should you need to be reminded, I highly recommend the 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Drawing inspiration from the light and nimble British roadsters of the ’60s, the Mazda Miata offers a zippy engine, go-kart-like handling, a quick-dropping top and trim, classic proportions.

Since its debut nearly two decades ago, the Miata has won over legions of driving enthusiasts and earned accolades from auto critics and consumers alike thanks to its entertaining drive and impressive reliability record. It was fully redesigned two years ago for more comfort and performance without losing any of its elemental appeal. Last year, Mazda introduced the power-retractable hardtop (PRHT) version. The Miata PRHT offers the comfort of a coupe when its top is up as well or the full roadster experience when down.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2008 Mazda Miata lineup consists of four trims: SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Aimed at racing enthusiasts, the lightly equipped SV (available in soft-top form only) comes with a black vinyl convertible top, 16-inch alloy wheels, a CD player, a driver seat height adjuster and power windows and mirrors. The Sport adds air-conditioning and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Step up to the Touring and you’ll also get 17-inch alloy wheels, a strut tower brace, cruise control, keyless entry, six-speaker audio (versus four) with a CD changer and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Options are grouped in numerous packages. Available on the Sport, the Convenience Package provides keyless entry/power locks, cruise control, foglamps, a one-touch passenger window, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and covered storage cubbies behind the seats. Available on Touring and Grand Touring trims, the Suspension Package features a sport-tuned suspension (with Bilstein shocks) and a limited-slip differential. The Grand Touring qualifies for a pair of premium packages.

Driving Impressions

The Miata’s peppy four pulls willingly and revs freely. It’s a delightful instrument to play, especially with a manual gearbox where snapping off rev-matching downshifts is a breeze.

Although tuned for a smoother ride than before, the Miata still changes direction with the immediacy of a roller skate and speaks to you clearly through the steering wheel and driver seat. With a lowered top and a twisting, scenic road stretching out before it, the 2008 Mazda Miata has few equals when it comes to sheer entertainment.

Specifications

Exterior

Length: 157.3 in.

Width: 67.7 in.

Height: 49 in.

Wheel Base: 91.7 in.

Ground Clearance: 4.6 in.

Curb Weight: 2445 lbs.

Gross Weight: 3078 lbs.

 

Interior

Front Head Room: 37.4 in.

Front Hip Room: 50.6 in.

Front Shoulder Room: 53.2 in.

Front Leg Room: 43.1 in.

Luggage Capacity: 5.3 cu. ft.

Maximum Cargo Capacity: 5 cu. ft.

Maximum Seating: 2

 

Performance

Base Number of Cylinders: 4

Base Engine Size: 2 liters

Base Engine Type: Inline 4

Horsepower: 166 hp

Max Horsepower: 6700 rpm

Torque: 140 ft-lbs.

Max Torque: 5000 rpm

Drive Type: RWD

Turning Circle: 30.8 ft.

 

Fuel

Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.7 gal.

EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway)

Manual: 22 mpg / 27 mpg

Range in Miles: (City/Highway)

Manual: 279.4 mi. / 342.9 mi.

And what else, it is priced at just 20,635 USD.

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About theultimaterenaissance

I am an Engineer and a Management Graduate. I love writing poetry and research reports on cars. Surfing, listening to music, and Reading and writing Technical & Research papers are among my most savored hobbies.
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2 Responses to Mazda Miata MX-5 : A special

  1. Rain says:

    Fast and reasonable car.Recomendable for ladys.
    Thank you

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