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First Test: 1989 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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You see, Mazda has a hit on its corporate hands with the Miata. Here's a car that can relight the fore in an older enthusiast's heart or just as easily drive a teenage girl to the point of hot flashes. We know. The driver's seat of the Miata puts you right at ground zero. In our experience, the appeal of the Miata knows no bounds. No Motor Trend test car in memory has gotten the numbers of stares, comments, and questions the Miata has garnered during its short stay with us.

A lot of people will fall in love with the Miata for its looks; the car's marvelous road manners ensure that the love affair will last a long time. With its 50/50 weight distribution (with two people aboard) and nicely tuned chassis, the Miata is a neutral, predictable handler. When the cornering limit is approaching, the MX-5 understeers initially, but the driver can coax the tail out with the throttle. In the lower gears, there's enough power to induce oversteer with a stomp on the gas, and in the upper gears, you can get it out of line with trailing throttle then hold it there with power. Through it all, the Miata feels stable, never darty or nervous. The power steering is a touch on the dead side for our taste, and we wouldn't be surprised if the manual steering is somewhat more communicative, but otherwise, there's nothing to complain about. The 4-wheel disc brakes are progressive, powerful, and almost fadeproof. The suspension settings at first feel surprisingly soft, but they turn out to be nicely matched to the Bridgestone SF325s.

And the Miata does more than just act like it loves to corner -- this thing is deadly serious. Our test car lapped the skidpad over and over at 0.92 lateral g, tail hung out, smoke billowing from the rear tires. It was great. You have to spend several times the Miata's asking price to find a stock production car that sticks better.

This is a serious for-real sports car that churns up all sorts of wonderful memories of late, great roadsters. The only difference is that this one is a far better, more capable car. And it even starts in the morning. For a newer generation of drivers who don't have those bittersweet motoring experiences to look back on, the Miata is ready to make them from scratch. Just add sun.
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Are you a Mazda MX-5 fan? Got a Miata-flavoured crush? Here are 10 things you didn't know about the Mk1 MX-5!
 

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Shortly after this stripped out beast was built, the owner came out to Gingerman Raceway to do some testing and get a feel for the car. We take you along for this slightly terrifying, but awesome ride. Everything you could want to know about this car can be found here: http://www.cgbagne.com/theturtlebuild/

1994 Mazda Miata R-Package
V8Roadsters rear mount swap kit
V8Roadsters stage 2 Getrag rear end kit w/ aluminium drive shaft
LS1 and T56 pullout from a 2004 GTO. 47k miles, from Cleveland Pick-A-Part
Getrag 3.23 rear diff. Limited slip
Sanderson ceramic coated headers
VDO gauges
15×9 6ul's
225/45 Hankook RS3′s
Sparco Seats
Lots of custom work
 

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Our friends at Hagerty have a new show airing every other Tuesday on the Motor Trend Channel! It's called Generation Gap and this is the premiere episode. Check it out!

Hagerty expert Davin Reckow spends his days hunting down hard-to-find classic car parts and his nights wrenching on his two Chevelles, while Matt Lewis drives a 2011 Mitsubishi Evo X and spends his days interacting with classic car owners across the globe as Hagerty's social media analyst. Davin thinks that nothing worth owning was built after 1974; Matt thinks that a car doesn't have to be old to be great. In this episode of Generation Gap, these two diehard car guys argue for their favorite convertibles — a 1964 Ford Thunderbird vs. a 1991 Mazda Miata.
 
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