Mazda MX5 Miata

Mazda MX5 Miata

We are back! It is episode 2 of the TopSpeed.com Podcast . In this week’s episode we cover a ton of great news. Just like last time, we start out with the Weekly Wheels. Justin talks about the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata , Mark covers the Toyota Tundra , and I talk about why the Lexus ES 350 doesn’t suck.

In the news we talk about the new collection of cars for download in Need for Speed: Rivals and Forza 5 , the BMW i8 and the 2016 Camaro. After a quick tirade about horsepower we get to newer, cheaper Bentleys and we finish things up with the Land Rover Discovery lineup.

After the big news we revisit Geneva again to cover some stuff you guys said we missed.

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Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

Weekly Wheels: Lexus ES 350, Mazda Miata MX-5 PRHT Club, Toyota Tundra

The answer is always Miata . It seems like a tired internet cliche, but anyone who has ever driven one of the fun little Japanese roadsters understands the truth behind the statement. With tidy dimensions, great handling and just enough power to be fun, the Miata is in a class all by itself in the world.

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 and Mazda has released a nice little tribute video. I could literally spend hours and hours discussing the joy and fun that comes from piloting the MX-5, but I am not sure the site has the bandwidth to support the amount of words I would write.

Instead, we leave you with the video presented here. Yes it is subtitled, but the message presented within is one that everyone here at TopSpeed can relate to.

Congratulations, Mazda, on 25 years of excellence. May you continue to have this level of success for the next 25.

Click past the jump to read a little more on the current and future MX-5 Miata.

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The Miata never gets its fair share of press these days, but with the model celebrating its 25th anniversary — yeah, it’s 25 years old, folks — it is getting all the press it can handle. Even the big-boys, like Jay Leno , are getting in on the open-top celebration.

Jay, who owns a supercharged, first-gen MX-5 Miata, spoke with the two men responsible for this glorious sports car , Bob Hall and Kenichi Yamamoto, and discussed the progression of the Miata project, which officially started back in 1982.

What was great about this interview is that the two creators did not just talk about the final product. They dug deep and pulled up all of the old and juicy details about the project. One such detail was the fact that the Miata actually had a one-in-three chance of being either a front-wheel-drive or a mid-engine car. Fortunately, the rear-wheel-drive design by Hall and Yamamoto won over the folks in Japan, and the rest is history.

check out the above video to see the entire interview with these two guys and Jay showing off his tuned-up Miata MX-5.

There’s nothing like special-edition MX-5 s, but in the U.S., we so rarely get a crack at them. Another non-U.S.-bound, special-edition MX-5 is this Sport Venture model — this model will also be available on Mazda5 and Mazda2 .

The Mazda MX-5 Sport Venture starts off with your choice of two all-new colors — Titanium Flash and Chrystal Blue Mica — bright-silver mirrors, bright alloy wheels and exterior badges.

On the inside, this special model gets a high-performance navigation system with a 6.1-inch display screen and Bluetooth connectivity to help set it apart from the rest of the MX-5 lineup. It also includes a stone leather interior with heated sport seats.

Under the hood, the MX-5 Sport Venture is available with a 1.8-liter four-pot with 126 PS (124 horsepower) in its soft-top and hard-top variants, or an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 160 PS (158 horsepower) in the hard-top model. Sure, that’s not a ton of power, but the MX-5 never has been about raw power.

The price for this special-edition MX-5 starts at £18,995 ($31,170 at the current exchange rates).

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mazda MX-5.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is really one of the more polarizing roadsters available today. Those who are fans of it — myself included — rave about its handling, power-to-weight ratio, analog feel and balance on the track. Those who hate it argue that it looks like a "chick’s car," isn’t fast enough, too loud and never has all of the cool features found in modern cars.

Well, Mazda has — for the most part — ignored all of the MX-5 haters and focused on what the MX-5 lovers desire from the Japanese roadster. When Mazda redesigned the MX-5 in 2006, it listened to enthusiasts by adding in a Club Spec model that eliminated all of the higher-end features and replaced them with performance goodies, like Billstein struts, a strut tower brace and upgraded tires. Well, Mazda was gracious enough to bestow upon me a 2014 MX-5 Club for a week, and as a Miataphile, I was more than thrilled to get a crack at a new model.

I personally own a modified 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 that pumps out about 225 to 250 horsepower, so I had a good base to go off of for this review. Some of you may think that since my daily driver is a modded MX-5 that I may not find the new Club model all that thrilling, but you would be absolutely incorrect.

Click past the jump to read our Driven review of the 2014 Mazda Miata Club.

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Brodie Brittain Racing — or simply BBR — unveiled today the MX-5 GT270, which is based on the 2013 MX-5 Sport Tech Roadster Coupe .

With the GT270, BBR focused most of its attention on upgrading the engine. For this, the tuner added a turbocharger, an upgraded exhaust manifold, an intercooler, and an ECU calibration. As a result the engine now delivers a mighty 268 horsepower at 7,350 rpm — a 110-horsepower bump over the standard 2.0-liter Sport Tech model. Torque also jumped to 200 pound-feet available — an 88 pound-feet boost — from 3,000 rpm to 7,000 rpm. As a result of the added power, the MX-5 now sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and hits a top speed of 150 mph.

The ECU tune also includes three driving modes. In Mode One offers up fast response from the throttle in road driving; Mode Two adds a launch-control system set at 3,800 rpm, automatic throttle lip and full-throttle gearshifts; Mode Three is an economy mode; and Mode Four is a valet mode that limits the engine speed to 3,500 rpm, so valets can’t go all Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on your MX-5.

This 268 horsepower makes the GT270 is the most powerful MX-5 built to date by this well-known tuner. With this comes the need for an updated driveline, so BBR added in an Exedy clutch for extra bite.

In order to handle the extra power, buyers can also equip the MX-5 GT270 with an optional performance suspension upgrade offered by Koni. This new suspension system includes adjustable dampers and new lowering springs that will bring the tiny roadster closer to the ground and increase its ability to handle the twisty stuff.

Also available for an extra fee is an optional performance brake system that features EBC Yellow Stuff pads, stainless-steel brake lines and Castrol SRF brake fluid.

A third optional upgrade is a 2.5-inch-diameter stainless-steel exhaust system with sports catalyst. This exhaust system allows the engine to exhale more effectively, which bumps its out put to 302 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to get the Miata to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and up to 165 mph by our estimations.

The BBR MX-5 GT270 is limited to only 100 units, and will be priced from £29,995 - or about $48,500 at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 GT270 by BBR.

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Mazda and Alfa Romeo announced some time ago that they plan to join forces for the development of a small sports car that will replace the current MX-5 for Mazda and will revive the Spider for Alfa Romeo.

Today, we present to you the first mule of this upcoming project that we caught testing at the Nurburgring .

Both models will be built on a totally new chassis that features weight-saving technology to help reduce the total weight by about 220 pounds when compared to the current MX-5. Also, shared between the models is a new rear-wheel-drive system. Though they will be mechanically similar, the Mazda and Alfa models will look completely different from one another.

When it comes to the engine lineup, rumors suggest that the Alfa Romeo version will feature a four-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline engine with an output of about 150 horsepower. The Mazda roadster will get a 1.3-liter, turbocharged powerplant featuring SkyActiv technology and the same 150 horsepower.

It is unclear as to when the two models will hit the market, but rumors point toward the Mazda version will hit the market first with the Alfa Romeo version coming 6 to 12 months later.

Click past the jump to learn more about this MX-5 - Spider mule.

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At the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed , Mazda unveiled the MX-5 GT Concept . Because the GT Concept’s reception was so warm, the folks at Jota decided to produce this concept and add a little more pep to its step.

The new MX-5 GT Jota is based on the MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre Sport Tech version, but Jota added a more powerful engine, an updated exterior look and a sportier cabin. What’s even cooler is that the new GT Jota is about 1.5 seconds faster to 60 mph than a base MX-5.

The new MX-5 GT Jota checks in at £29,995 (about $48,500 at the current exchange rates). It will be sold exclusively by Le Mans race specialists Jota, so only the British customers will have the chance to enjoy it. For now, us Americans will simply have to wait until Mazda decides to bring back the Mazdaspeed MX-5 project.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 GT Jota.

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If you haven’t heard anything about the MX-5 in the past few months it’s only because Mazda is quietly preparing to unleash the new generation soon. Still, in order to keep our attention focused on the model, Mazda announced today the MX-5 Sport Graphite. This release comes as no big surprise, as the MX-5 remains the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car with almost 1,000,000 units sold around the globe.

The model was initially unveiled in 1989 and it is currently in its third generation. All the three generations were built with the "Jinba ittai" credo in mind, which can be translated as "rider and horse should be one body."

What makes the MX-5 so cool is the fact that it managed to keep its origins during all the three generations, and each one was an evolution of the previous one.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 Sport Graphite.

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With the ever evolving landscape of the auto industry, it’s easy to get left behind on new developments that can be categorized as a "world first".

Mazda’s probably well aware of that, which is why it is taking the never-before-taken step of unveiling a new car - a global debut, in fact - through a video game system.

Believe it or not, that’s exactly what the Japanese automaker is set to do after partnering with Xbox to introduce a new global model as part of the first-ever global live stream of a new vehicle introduction through the Xbox.

“It’s a digitally connected world, so what better way to reach our customers than through a connected platform like Xbox,” Russell Wager, vice president of marketing for Mazda, said.

”We were looking for a way to launch a global product and tie together our five separate reveals. Xbox not only gave us the platform, but allowed us to leverage our digital assets to drive a global audience to view the event.”

Mazda is keeping a lid on what kind of vehicle it’s going to unveil, but fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to find out. The ground-breaking unveiling is scheduled to take place on June 26th in New York with the festivities being streamed globally, courtesy of Xbox Live, beginning at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

To drum up interest for the talked about debut, Mazda is sweeping through social media, touring the hashtag #GameChanger, alluding presumably to a car that will redefine its market.

Perhaps Mazda is gearing up to unveil the next-generation MX-5 Miata .

For now, your guesses are as good as ours because the whole event is being shrouded in so much secrecy that would make the Pentagon proud.

If you want to be part of the unveiling - and score a chance to win $2,500 and create your own dream trip to a music event of your choice - you can participate in the live broadcast and the accompanying sweepstakes.

Click past the jump to read some history on the MX-5


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