Mini vs. Miata – Topless Drag Race

The 2016 Mazda Miata and the 2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible could not be more different. Sure, they both have soft tops, but that’s where the similarities end.

The Miata is rear-wheel-drive, the MINI, front. The Miata seats two, the MINI four. The Miata has a naturally aspirated engine, the MINI a turbo.

One thing they do have in common, though, is that they were both designed to be fun to drive, especially around a tight, twisty road.

So what to we do here at TFLcar? Pit them against each other in a drag race, of course!

Mazda Miata vs. MINI Cooper

In this fun mashup video, we find out which one of these very different cars beats the other in a dash down the short straightaway at IMI Motorsports Park in Dacono, Colorado. It’s also at about a mile above sea level, so that will cut into the power of each car a bit, although the turbocharged MINI may have an advantage.

So which one is the winner? Watch the full video above to find out. And look for the Miata to go against the 2016 Scion FR-S in an upcoming edition of TFL Leaderboard Hot or Not, which you can see a special behind the scenes video right here on