As the resident TFL Miata-nerd, I am pleased to announce that I just got the opportunity to spend 10 minutes behind the wheel of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 and I was not disappointed.
Most of you have seen it before so I won’t waste your time critiquing the new styling. However, I will say that the weight reduction is noticeable as the 2.0L SkyActiv engine motivates the car quickly through the gears. Throttle response is excellent and the pedals are mostly situated for easy heel toe shifting. Those with smaller feet, like my dainty size 8.5 peds, may have a little trouble.
The torque curve is nice and smooth and it only takes a small effort to get the rear tires to chirp upon acceleration off the line.
My only frustration is with the steering. Mazda has gone to an electric set up and predictably it’s lighter weight and a bit of road feel is lost. It’s not bad and I will reserve full judgement until we get the car into the twisties, but coming from the old hydraulic set up in my 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata, it’s a little disappointing.
As of now I have only spent time in the GT, which does not have the performance enhancing limited slip differential or Bilstein shocks found on the Club.
Is it as good as the first generation or even the second generation Mazdaspeed? I can’t make that call based on a quick 10 minute stint, but stay tuned as we spend more time with the MX-5 over the next few days.
In the meantime, check out the design analysis with the chief designer – Derek Jenkins.
|Emme is a driver, reviewer, rabble rouser, and Gazelle who can be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and either one of her blogs.|