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The Redesigned 2006 Mazda Miata
Before I begin, I have to warn you, I�m a Miata fan. My mom had one for years, so I had plenty of time to admire the Miata�s capabilities. Her car lacked in power, but it made up for it in classic style and handling. I was quite impressed when I first saw the totally new Miata.
Upon my inspection of the newly redesigned Miata, I figured they just added fender flares. But the interior is completely new and modern, the convertible top has the fit and finish of a much nicer car now. The top actually folds up and acts as its own cover in the back, getting rid of the use of a snap on cover to hide the top.
Mazda Speed rotates through the Mazda product line enhancing a model usually with a turbo charged engine and other performance and styling features. Last year, it was the Miata�s turn and it received a turbo charged engine. Miata fans have been adding turbos and superchargers for years to the poorly powered Miata engines. Last year�s much needed turbo engine has been replaced with an equally powerful, but larger 2.0 DOHC version producing 170 HP. The Miata finally has a great engine. Now if they�d add a turbo to THIS engine . . .
The exterior styling has changed and allows for larger wheels and tires. The updated headlights take away from the old school aggressive pop-up lights. This gives this older car a new lease on life. It seems like a bigger car due to the modified sheet metal, but still has the same sporty cockpit feel on the inside.
I was able to compare this Miata to the new Pontiac Solstace. I felt as thought I was sitting in a hole in the Pontiac. The Pontiac looks great, but the interior was lacking. The new Saturn looked promising, but I couldn�t get a good comparison, as it was hands-off. These cars are great to compare to the model in regards to price, handling and power. But I�m not all about buying an untested, first year on the market Pontiac against a 16 year old tried and true Miata.
Why is Pontiac coming out with a Miata fighter after all this years? Because the Fiero failed? I don�t know. I do know that the Miata has been refined all of these years culminating into a fine 2006 version. The Miata has nothing to prove, as it is time tested as one of the best driver�s cars on the road today.
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