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Old 05-28-2004, 11:46 AM
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Don't the Miatas have their own class in SCCA? I'm looking to buy one with a bad motor and drop a single turbo, 13b into it
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Originally Posted by 2001AudiS4
Just another case of people following the crowd. One person think the car is a pos therefore everyone else must too. A roadster that has a nice interior, handles better than just about anything on the road today or in the past, and not too expensive. What exactly makes it a POS? The fact that it doesn't do the 1/4 in 12 seconds? It's built to be fun, and it IS fun.
Amen to that. I'm not too fond of Mazda, but after seeing one of these little guys tearing up a SOLO track last year, I was impressed. I'm looking forward to the Mazdaspeed version.
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The Mazdaspeed version is out already.. It's a hot lil car.. If only I had enough room in the driveway I'd get another one in a second..
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Hehe, just found that out myself. I thought it was due out later this year.
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Uhm.... that 'spy shot' is total BS. Total photoshop.
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Here are some pics of my former turbo'd 92
















That car was balls fast and a blast to drive.
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Actually.... correction... that car is *not* the spy shot but a mechanical mule being used for testing. They threw on some body paneling for the same wheelbase but the actual 06 Miata (and more likely, this would be the tester for the RX-7 but who knows) won't look anything like that bastard creation.
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Thats what I said, Hercules..
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Sweet Miata. How many lbs were you running?
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Thanks. 15psi is what I normally ran.
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Thanks. 15psi is what I normally ran.
That's impressive. Didn't think they could handle anything more than 7-8psi on a stock motor. How many horses we're you putting down?
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That's impressive. Didn't think they could handle anything more than 7-8psi on a stock motor. How many horses we're you putting down?

The 1.6l could handle quite a bit as it was virtually the same motor as the 323 GTX Turbo except with higher compression pistons lighter connecting rods and flywheel, it really was quite over engineered for it's application. For instance it had oil spray cooling for the pistons.

The turbo was not the only piece of work I had done, she also had a completely programmable engine managment system, heads redone, performance cat and exhaust, kevlar clutch and lightweight flywheel, transmission work along with completely new suspension to name a few. I sunk quite a bit of cash into her.

The dyno results were 255 HP with 248lbs of torque. She did lose a lot of her daily drive-ability though as you could break the tires loose at 60mph in the rain if you tapped the accelerator too hard bringing on the boost and that suspension was so tight that running over a small imperfections in the road would jar your fillings loose but what a sleeper she was! And the only real giveaway that she wasn't a "normal" miata was that big intercooler in her mouth. All of the work was done by Seth at Dealer Alternative in West Orange, NJ.
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The 1.6l could handle quite a bit as it was virtually the same motor as the 323 GTX Turbo except with higher compression pistons lighter connecting rods and flywheel, it really was quite over engineered for it's application. For instance it had oil spray cooling for the pistons.

The turbo was not the only piece of work I had done, she also had a completely programmable engine managment system, heads redone, performance cat and exhaust, kevlar clutch and lightweight flywheel, transmission work along with completely new suspension to name a few. I sunk quite a bit of cash into her.

The dyno results were 255 HP with 248lbs of torque. She did lose a lot of her daily drive-ability though as you could break the tires loose at 60mph in the rain if you tapped the accelerator too hard bringing on the boost and that suspension was so tight that running over a small imperfections in the road would jar your fillings loose but what a sleeper she was! And the only real giveaway that she wasn't a "normal" miata was that big intercooler in her mouth. All of the work was done by Seth at Dealer Alternative in West Orange, NJ.
That's way too much hp for a small ass car. I have the Miatas bigger sibling, the Rx7. I have an extra 13b lying around and am in the process of looking for a used Miata to drop it into.
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Reminds me of a z4 without any of the lines.
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Looks pretty cool, but I think I like the Solstice design better.
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New MX-5 Set To Join The Fold - - By Richard Yarrow - - Source: Autoexpress


The first convertible in the world to give owners the choice of a folding hard-top or a canvas roof is on the way - and it's the all-new MX-5.

Auto Express has discovered that when the two-seater Mazda appears at the Geneva Motor Show next March, it will boast a manually operated soft-top, as featured on the current car. That version will go on sale late next year, but a second model - a metal-roofed coupé-cabriolet - will appear a year later. In profile, there will be no visual difference between the pair of roadsters.

The top-secret news leaked out at last week's Paris Motor Show. Sources close to the 'two cars in one' project told us: "The theory is that people want different things; some like the simplicity of manual latches and a roof you can throw back over your shoulder. But some also demand the coupé feel that a hard-top brings." Pricing for the soft-top will be in line with the current model, which starts at £15,000, with a premium for the CC version.

Our insider added the car will be an evolution of the existing MX-5, so as not to alienate owners. "It's still front-engined and rear-wheel drive, but it will have a roomier interior, answering some of the criticism of the current car," he said.
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Now this looks a lot like the Ibuki concept from the front. Even with the camo on.
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In that Japanese print photo....is that the back of an NSX (?) I see?
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I like it
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Looks really good ... A bit of the old Z3 mixed in with the new Mazda3

Should do very well.
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The miata is fun to drive, but Mazda needs to make it feel more substantial because when you drive that thing, anytime you're behind or even near an SUV, you feel like it's going to run you over.
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I guess it is how you look at it. I feel more like a running back navigating my way through linemen! Small, quick, and UNTOUCHABLE!
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The miata is fun to drive, but Mazda needs to make it feel more substantial because when you drive that thing, anytime you're behind or even near an SUV, you feel like it's going to run you over.
the problem is not the miata, its the suv



If they keep the curb weight from growing no more than 50 pounds, autoxers everywhere will be rejoicing.
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More pics!







Hard top version, perhaps?


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Pretty cool ... Moving upmarket again though ... Gonna need more than 140hp to compete I think.
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Retractable hard top looks cool
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Third-Generation Mazda MX-5 Roadster to Debut at 2005 Geneva Motor Show

Upgraded and improved Mazda6 to share center stage at annual motor show

The secret is out: Mazda Motor Corporation will publicly reveal the much anticipated third generation MX-5 roadster at the 75th annual Geneva International Motor Show. The all-new two-seater will be shown for the first time at a VIP event during the evening of February 28 and will make its public debut at a press conference at the Geneva Show on March 1. Detailed information and photos will be made available at that time.

The all-new Mazda MX-5 roadster is just one of the exciting products Mazda has planned for Geneva with the company showcasing its successful line of new-generation Zoom-Zoom vehicles, including a significantly upgraded version of the highly successful Mazda6.

“While we’re excited to finally get the cover off the new MX-5, I think the entire line of Mazda’s new-generation Zoom-Zoom products deserves to be center stage,” said Stephen Odell, senior managing executive officer in charge of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service. “It is particularly gratifying to showcase the upgraded Mazda6 in Europe, where it has been so successful. With the upgrade, we have improved the product in vital areas such as NVH, performance and overall visual appeal.”
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The AutoBild one is a much better looking car
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Mazda's New MX-5 - - By Craig Cheetham - - Source: Autoexpress

When it comes to replacing a legend, it 'Mazda' be perfect! But roadster fans need not worry - a month before its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, this week's Auto Exprtess magazine has the first pictures that prove the eagerly anticipated MX-5 replacement is set to take the sports car market by storm.

They show how the Japanese company - under the guidance of British stylist Moray Callum - has balanced the purist appeal of the original MX-5 with the latest styling cues from the rest of its product range.

Inspired by the 2003 Mazda Ibuki concept car, the profile of the new roadster is more substantial than the current MX-5's, but maintains the same curved sill and swooping doorline.

One of the biggest changes sees the wheelarches become more pronounced and rounder, as on the RX-8. The coupé's styling cues continue at the front, with the company's trademark trapezoid-shaped air intake and cut-outs for the foglamps. The rear end is flatter and wider than the current car's, and the clear lamp lenses echo those of the Mazda 6.

The styling change allows the MX-5 to have a much bigger boot than its predecessor, making it far more practical for those who are considering it as their only car.

But it's inside that some of the most dramatic improvements are to be made. The new model will make a quantum leap forward in quality, with a more spacious interior. The cabin also takes its styling cues from the Ibuki, and includes a similar centre console and aluminium detailing. The classic-style three-spoke steering wheel is carried over from the prototype, too. The newcomer will go on sale across Europe later this year, with deliveries to left-hand-drive markets starting in August and UK sales expected to begin in November. Two engines will be offered, with a 1.8-litre petrol engine in the entry-level car. This will develop 124bhp, while the flagship 2.0-litre model will have 158bhp and is expected to deliver a 0-60mph sprint time of less than seven seconds. The 1.8 version will get a five-speed manual

gearbox, while the 2.0 is to be fitted with a close-ratio six-speed manual. An automatic model could appear later, possibly using the latest sequential gearbox technology.
Like the current MX-5, the new model will retain the traditional rear-drive layout, although a traction control system is to be installed for the first time.

Prices are expected to rise by about £1,500 over the current car, meaning the entry-level 1.8 will cost around £17,000. Meanwhile, Mazda is stocking up for a boom in demand for the 'classic' MX-5, as orders for the final edition are expected to flood in from enthusiasts. The last MX-5 will roll off the production line in summer, and a special-edition run-out model will appear at British dealers in August.
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The AutoBild one is a much better looking car
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The MX-5 will be much more successful if it's closer to the RX-8 than the Ibuki concept.
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Looks wise, they should have made it more hard edged like the front of the 6. My favorite roadster right now is the Saturn Sky.
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