Unverified Ownership My summer fling: 2018 Miata Club

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This classy lady will keep me company for a week or so. She's a 2018 Club manual (with the 2l engine we got), and she's a hell of a ride.

This is an acquaintance's car. He's considering upsizing to the 86 platform, and I suggested a swap. He gets an extended test drive, and I get to engage in a brief affair—win-win!

Garage pics:



Proof:
 

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After a few days of street and canyon driving, I wanted to share some impressions. They're largely comparisons to my BRZ.

Things I like better about the Miata:
Convertible: Topless, baby! See below pic for why that's relevant.
Shifter: The shifter is super nice. The BRZ's is very nice as well, but this one is just otherwordly.
Grip: The car is wearing Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires. The Michelin Primacy crap I have is no match for this setup (and isn't meant to be).
Noise: There's a Racing Beat muffler installed which adds a bit of character. I like that it's not too loud, but sounds nice.
Torque: (Go ahead, take that shot.) I don't even know that there's more of it, but it certainly feels more adequate. Easy to lazily lug putt around low in the rev range.
Multiple personalities: As I've said before, the Miata can be a lovely cruiser as well as a sports car, while the BRZ only knows how to go hard.

Things I like better about the BRZ:
Hardtop: Not topless. No pic of my arms, but I look like I'm wearing red arm warmers.
Creature comforts: I'm spoiled by CarPlay, auto lights, HomeLink…
Room: My knees actually fit.
Looks: The Miata is certainly a looker, but it doesn't tingle my special spots the way the BRZ does.

Things that are a wash:
Fun: These two are merely different flavors of ice cream. We all have our preferences, but both are utterly awesome in the end.
Spirited driving: This is really an expansion on the above, but they're both a great choice for the occasional canyon run. Personal fitment issues aside, that is.

Random thoughts:
• No ragerts about getting the BRZ instead of this.
• Now I do want to modify the BRZ… Tune + exhaust + wheels + tires + suspension would go a long, long way…
• This thing is amusingly close to my old flame: black, topless, and 6-speed! Just the way I like my wom—wait, what?

And now…pictures!

Tuna Canyon Rd., worth the traffic I had to endure before and after:


6ULs—NEED for the BRZ:

(NEED!)
 

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Great little comparison between the BRZ and the Miata! Based on your thoughts, I'd go for the Miata, but the BRZ would be a better option if I needed a bit more space.

Also, it's nice that you get to drive a roadster for the summer! Although you do have to take into consideration that it's way easier to get sunburned in a convertible...
 

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I totally agree with you, having test driven an 86 before I bought the MX-5. The Toyota is high-energy all of the time, something about the car makes it feel like you have to wring it out every gear (and it is fun to do so). I decided on the MX-5 because it was able to settle down for the daily commute and at least pretend to be a normal car.
 

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I totally agree with you, having test driven an 86 before I bought the MX-5. The Toyota is high-energy all of the time, something about the car makes it feel like you have to wring it out every gear (and it is fun to do so). I decided on the MX-5 because it was able to settle down for the daily commute and at least pretend to be a normal car.
I expected it to be reversed: MX-5 being the over-excited puppy and the GT86/BRZ the sensible sportscar.
 

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Interesting thing about the torque: the Miata has just 8lb-ft less, but it arrives 1800rpm sooner.

Also the Miata must be around 450lbs lighter. Food for thought.
That's what I meant by "adequate". Now I feel like my car could use a few extra torques.


Also, it's nice that you get to drive a roadster for the summer! Although you do have to take into consideration that it's way easier to get sunburned in a convertible...
Literally the first thing I did was fry both my arms…


I totally agree with you, having test driven an 86 before I bought the MX-5. The Toyota is high-energy all of the time, something about the car makes it feel like you have to wring it out every gear (and it is fun to do so). I decided on the MX-5 because it was able to settle down for the daily commute and at least pretend to be a normal car.
Yep, that really about sums it up. I wonder if a bit more low-end torque would calm the 86 platform down. As it is, I feel like I have to wring it out just to get it to move, and the same isn't at all true with the ND.


I expected it to be reversed: MX-5 being the over-excited puppy and the GT86/BRZ the sensible sportscar.
Yeah, definitely not. The Miata has a few "friendly" features:
• engine isn't quite as high-strung, both in terms of not revving as high and having more low-end torque
• body roll is comfortable, when controlled
• seating position is less jet fighter cockpit and more, uhh, well, car
 
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Having driven all four generations of MX5 I reckon the ND is about perfect apart from the slightly numb electric power steering.

Sadly I have yet to get my hands on Toybaru to see what all the fuss is about and while I could blag myself a test drive dealerships in this country are so anal you barely get 10 minutes in a car before they expect you to commit to a 5 figure purchase.
 

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It has one, just not where people are used to looking for it. :p
And it even fits two pairs of gloves!
 

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Nah, he's talking about that storage bin between the seats that we also have in addition to the proper glovebox in the proper location for a glovebox :)
 
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