For greater than three many years, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been the go-to, open-top possibility for fanatics. And for good cause: it is light-weight, enjoyable to drive, and appears good. That is even more true in 2019, because the Miata is extra highly effective and extra fashionable than its predecessor, but nonetheless maintains its light-weight qualities, tipping the scales at a mere 2,300 kilos in its lightest type.
The Miata RF is a bit bulkier, although, weighing 2,453 kilos, and a bit extra technical, too, with a retractable metallic roof changing the normal tender high. However even with its additional heft and extra engineering, the RF does not lose the important thing elements that make the Miata a Miata within the first place.
Above all else, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is an absolute riot on highway. It does not even require twisty roads to understand it totally (although, we recommend it). Take a flip at velocity and the Miata handles like a go-kart; hilariously pitting itself right into a nook with absolute precision. The peerlessly tuned suspension and steering imply it does not take a ton of velocity to have numerous enjoyable, though the punchy-enough 2.0-liter engine (up to date for 2019) nonetheless offers loads of push.
A giant improve for 2019 is the addition of a extra highly effective 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which now produces 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. That is a sizeable enchancment over the earlier yr’s 155 hp and 148 lb-ft. Predictably, it makes the Miata RF noticeably higher in a straight line whereas offering higher energy out of corners, too. Even up into third and fourth gear – the place the pre-update Miata would have plateaued – the Miata RF has extra left in it.
In contrast to the soft-top Miata, which is extraordinarily loud on the highway (even with the roof up), the Miata RF’s retractable metallic roof makes for a a lot better in-cabin expertise at excessive speeds. Regardless that it’s a bit heavier than the tender high (by 116 kilos), it does not really feel it. The RF remains to be supremely enjoyable to drive, and extra quiet and handy as its power-operated hardtop folds again in about 13 seconds.
A guide gearbox makes probably the most sense in a Miata. The six-speed automated within the Miata RF is ok – it shifts properly sufficient, it is fast in Sport mode, and it’s completely inoffensive on the freeway – however falls in need of perfection. It’s onerous to actually admire the spectacular efficiency of the Miata RF with out Mazda’s slick, short-throw six-speed guide gearbox. It’s simply the higher of the 2 transmissions.
It’s a tiny two-seater; what do you anticipate? The Miata is without doubt one of the smallest automobiles on sale as we speak, and it proves it with a measly 4.5 cubic ft of trunk house and simply sufficient headroom to your six-foot-tall writer (headroom is about half an inch higher within the tender high). From the passenger seat, although, there merely isn’t sufficient legroom. It is extraordinarily cramped.
It is a minor gripe, contemplating the Miata excels so properly as a efficiency automobile. Nonetheless, the dearth of intuitive seat controls makes discovering the fitting driving place tough. Even the flexibility to maneuver the motive force’s seat up and down with the contact of a button would make all of the distinction (it at present depends on a hand-operated knob). A minimum of the steering wheel now telescopes for 2019, which alleviates some misery.