Why Mazda’s Miata is the Ideal Sports Car — Even in Winter

by admin | Posted on Monday, December 24th, 2018

For fans of sports cars, Mazda’s legendary MX-5 Miata needs no introduction. Few brands can claim to have had the same seismic impact the Miata has had over the course of its thirty-year reign as king of modern roadsters, and its driveability, easy handling, and stylish look have made it the best-selling sports car of all time.

Mazda’s Miata

The Miata’s story began in the late 1980s, when Mazda’s design team decided to blend the style and attitude that had defined the classic Italian and British roadsters of the mid-twentieth century with more reliable engineering and a minimally complex design.

Inspired by the Japanese concept of Jinba ittai — the oneness of horse and rider — that has long underpinned Mazda’s design philosophy, Mazda’s engineers built a small, lightweight convertible that incorporated modern tech and dynamic balance to a truly seamless driving experience.

Unsurprisingly, the Miata convertible quickly conquered the world, becoming as well known on the winding coastal roads of southern Europe as it is zipping through traffic on the busy streets of Tokyo and Los Angeles.

But while the Miata remains the uncontested king of summer driving across North America, many drivers who might otherwise be drawn to its affordable price tag and infections sense of play have been kept from purchasing their own Miata due to concerns about its ability to handle the harsh winter conditions in Canada and the northern United States.

Fortunately, as fans who stay up to date with the latest Mazda cars will know, the latest Miatas have been designed to perform just as well in the harshest winter conditions as it does on the sunniest afternoon in August.

The 2019 Mazda Miata MX-5 Retractable Fastback (which some reviewers have hailed as the best Miata yet) comes with a retractable three-section hard top that can deploy in just thirteen seconds. With this high quality retractable roof, the Miata suddenly becomes a car that can be driven year-round with much greater ease.

And because the 2019 Miata is also more powerful than its earlier counterparts, delivering 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft. of torque, the additional fifty kilograms of weight that come with the hardtop is offset by a strong engine that more than makes up for it.

While the Miata’s iconic silhouette is changed somewhat by the addition of the roof, its new profile is, true to form, still reminiscent of classics like the Jaguar F-Type coupe, meaning that you can drive stylishly in rain, snow, sleet, and sun.

Canadian drivers have long bemoaned the truncated driving season, which is particularly hard on fans of convertibles and other light sports cars designed with the climate of Italy and California rather than Montreal and Moose Jaw in mind.

But with the new Miata MX-5 RF, drivers no longer need to view the Miata as an essentially impractical car for Canadian driving. World-class engineering and legendary style have come together with practical design to create a roadster that can serve Canadians day-in and day-out.


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