2020 Mazda Miata Quarter Mile Speed Test – 2020 mazda miata quarter mile

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We accept cared a lot about the Mazda MX-5 Miata for about three decades. So, too, accept the bags of loyal Miata owners who chase their cars, adapt their cars, and booty them to Miata Club meets. But do you apperceive who cares about the Miata alike more? Mazda. The little auto absolutely is the company’s pride and joy, a North Star acceleration as its abstract center.

Thus, it isn’t hasty that Mazda is both abiding about befitting the Miata accurate to its aboriginal cannonball and consistently attractive for agency to accomplish it better. The antecedent of connected advance could be apparent in the aboriginal three ancestors of MX-5, anniversary of which accustomed tweaks throughout its activity cycle. It’s now time for the current, fourth-generation Miata (ND to the cognoscenti) to get better; for 2019, that agency a revised 2.0-liter inline-four Skyactiv engine.

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Previously, the ND Miata was powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four that was little added than a Mazda 3 agent angry longitudinally and blimp into the MX-5’s baby agent bay. Vehicle dynamics architect Dave Coleman admits that the car was originally advised about the beneath able 1.5-liter four-cylinder that’s accessible in added markets and that by the time the accommodation was fabricated to install a bigger agent in the Miata apprenticed for the United States, it was too backward to absolutely fine-tune the 2.0-liter for a sports-car application. Of course, the agent itself was hardly a dud—responsive and eager, it fabricated the accepted car quicker than any Miata afore it in our testing admitting its bare 155 horsepower.

Coleman describes the engine’s changes for 2019 as “standard hot-rodding procedure.” The burke body, assimilation valves, bankrupt valves, and their agnate ports are all larger, while the pistons and abutting rods are lighter, the crankshaft is stiffer, and the fuel-injection arrangement runs at a college pressure. As a result, the agent revs college (redlining at 7500 rpm against 6800 rpm) and puts out 26 added application and 3 added lb-ft of torque for new totals of 181 horses and 151 lb-ft.

At the track, the cold achievement advances are about noticeable. Compared with our 2016 abiding MX-5, which was the quickest ND Miata we had tested, the added able 2019 archetypal is aloof 0.1 additional quicker to 60 mph and through the quarter-mile, hitting those metrics in 5.7 and 14.5 seconds, the closing at 95 mph. (This 2019 MX-5 auto in Club trim was analogously optioned to our 2016-model-year abiding analysis car.) Added examples of the ND softtop, though, bare 6.1–6.2 abnormal to ability 60 mph and completed the quarter-mile in 14.8 abnormal at 93 mph. The 5-to-60-mph rolling-start time additionally abandoned by 0.1 second, so there is no agnosticism the new agent is added powerful.

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Its bigger character, though, is the absolute upside here. The agent revs added freely, the bankrupt barks with added authority, and a jab at the burke nudges you aback into the bench a bit harder. Burke acknowledgment is prompt, and the ability ambit is added beeline than before—peak ability is accomplished 1000 revs higher, at 7000 rpm, and yet torque peaks 600 rpm lower, at 4000 rpm. Added important, back the ability starts to abate off in the 155-hp 2.0-liter at about 6000 rpm, the new 181-hp archetype keeps aggressive for addition 1000 revs. This allows for aloof a distinct about-face to ability 60 mph. Spinning the tach all the way to the animated redline is blood-tingling in a way that it wasn’t in the old 2.0-liter, adorning this agent to the aforementioned affecting alike as the blow of the car.

The already adorable six-speed chiral manual additionally has been revised for smoother operation, and it does assume to break through the H-pattern with a bit added acumen than before. Its gearing has not changed, however. (The alternative six-speed automated receives a new final drive, but we did not drive a car so equipped.) Bigger EPA fuel-economy numbers are addition bonus; we averaged 30 mpg over 500 afar of alloyed driving.

Of course, the accurate joy of the Miata has consistently appear from its balanced, poised, and antic chassis. Mazda knows this and has larboard the abeyance tune abandoned for 2019; the car had already accustomed some tweaks for 2017, back the retractable auto RF archetypal debuted, and for 2018, back the RF’s attenuate retuning was activated to the softtop. (The two still alter in agreement of bounce ante and a few added variables due to the hardtop’s added mass.) No abruptness that the Miata is the aforementioned angel in a coulee alley as it anytime was, with aloof abundant acquiescence in the abeyance to appoint the disciplinarian and aloof abundant anchor to acquiesce for predictable, accelerating behavior at its attainable limits.

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Mazda alike cares abundant about the Miata to abode baby details. The 2019 car now has a telescoping council wheel, which was engineered to accord taller drivers an easier ability to the caster while abacus a minimum of weight. Admitting its added circuitous mechanism, the new action adds alone about bisected a batter to the waifish Miata’s barrier weight. A advancement camera is additionally anew accepted in accordance with federal regulations. These new features, forth with some added weight in the engine, add up to a claimed weight accretion of aloof seven pounds overall. We abstinent the 2019 car at 2345 pounds—21 pounds added than our abiding Club—with abundant of that alterity attributable to the added weight of the Recaro seats that are anew accessible as allotment of the cher Brembo/BBS amalgamation that can drive the softtop’s amount to a rather baby $35,000-plus (exact appraisement is forthcoming), while the 2019 RF can access $40,000. Expect a bare-bones 2019 Miata softtop to alpha about $26,500.

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From a big-picture perspective, though, the Miata charcoal a different proposition: a lightweight, simple sports car that succeeds in agreement active amusement aloft all added considerations. It has afflicted so little over the years that we about admiration if Mazda is actuality too affectionate to the MX-5 ideal for its own good. And yet, that such a baby automaker has taken such assiduous affliction to advance the appearance of a car that today presents such a difficult business case is telling. The Miata is hardly for everyone, but anybody should be able to acknowledge that it not alone still exists but that it keeps accepting better.

Specifications:

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible

ESTIMATED PRICE AS TESTED: $35,500 (estimated abject price: $31,000)

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, absolute ammunition injection

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Displacement: 122 cu in, 1998 ccPower: 181 hp @ 7000 rpmTorque: 151 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual

CHASSIS:Suspension (F/R): ascendancy arms/multilinkBrakes (F/R): 11.0-in vented disc/11.0-in discTires: Bridgestone Potenza S001, 205/45R-17 84W

DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 90.9 in Length: 154.1 in Width: 68.3 in Height: 48.6 in Passenger volume:  49 cu ft Trunk volume: 5 cu ft Barrier weight: 2345 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:Zero to 60 mph: 5.7 secZero to 100 mph: 16.1 secZero to 120 mph: 27.7 secRolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.4 secTop gear, 30–50 mph: 10.2 secTop gear, 50–70 mph: 9.9 secStanding ¼-mile: 14.5 sec @ 95 mphTop acceleration (drag limited, C/D est): 140 mphBraking, 70–0 mph: 170 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.90 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY:Observed: 30 mpg

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EPA FUEL ECONOMY:Combined/city/highway: 29/26/34 mpg

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