Small roadsters are among most car enthusiasts’ favorite types of cars and what is better than a classic Miata? The Miata’s secret was simplicity, low weight and balance. But Mazda didn’t try to invent something new. They just copied the basic concept of a classic British roadster and added modern materials and design. And then they made the whole thing reliable and agile.
Although it only produced 116 HP from its twin-cam 1.6-liter engine, in a 2,200 lb car, it’s more than enough. Even though the original Miata has diminutive power and torque numbers, the whole package is perfectly balanced and makes driving a pleasure. This little car just shows that you don’t need a big engine to make a perfect driver’s car.