Comparing boosted Mazda Miatas from all four generations

Tim
By Tim Suddard
Jan 3, 2024 | Mazda, Miata, MX-5 | Posted in Features | From the May 2019 issue | Never miss an article

Photography by Travis Ingram

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Grassroots Motorsports.]

The Miata could use more power. It’s something that’s been said since the dawn of time–or at least since the car’s release some 30 years ago.

We said it, too, in fact, in one of this magazine’s earliest new-car reviews. “The Miata’s powerplant was the most often criticized …

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Comments
Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
5/23/19 4:04 p.m.

Just in time for me to get the town bike.

gardnpc
gardnpc New Reader
5/23/19 4:15 p.m.

This test just confirms what I think about my 95M.  Pure, analog driving fun that is bank vault reliable.  I have yet to boost it, but sometime soon, I hope.  

MGLexx
MGLexx New Reader
5/23/19 4:41 p.m.

The Mazdaspeed Miata, a factory Turbo car should have been included. With a thousand different parts than a non Turbo NB they are amazing substantial cars.

levireyes
levireyes New Reader
5/23/19 5:07 p.m.

Unsure which one is better in the long run, Turbo or Supercharger for the 2016+ ND?  

 

 

 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
5/23/19 5:15 p.m.

I own 25% of those cars. laugh

 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/23/19 5:51 p.m.
levireyes said:

Unsure which one is better in the long run, Turbo or Supercharger for the 2016+ ND?  

Turbo in both the short and the long term. 

jonk67
jonk67 New Reader
5/23/19 6:10 p.m.

Too bad the NB example with the most HP wasn't better sorted and on much better tires. Curious to see where they would have ranked it if it were equal build quality of the others.

If you do a similar test again I might be interested in driving my NB2 w/FFS MP62 coldside up to CO.

bmw88rider
bmw88rider GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/23/19 6:31 p.m.

I agree whole heartedly to this assessment. My NA is pretty close to the NA here only with a bit more boost. It's really easy to love and a lot of fun. The NC is very under-rated. I would build one of those again at some point. 

Rodan
Rodan HalfDork
5/23/19 6:32 p.m.
jonk67 said:

Too bad the NB example with the most HP wasn't better sorted and on much better tires. Curious to see where they would have ranked it if it were equal build quality of the others.

195 all seasons definitely aren't up to track driving on a turbo Miata...  

I would be very interested in hearing the lap times for all the cars, if they were timed.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
5/23/19 6:34 p.m.
bmw88rider said:

I agree whole heartedly to this assessment. My NA is pretty close to the NA here only with a bit more boost. It's really easy to love and a lot of fun. The NC is very under-rated. I would build one of those again at some point. 

Every time I'm in a NC I feel like it's a cousin to the other three. The NA, NB and ND are clearly siblings. That's not to say it's better or worse, just not quite the same DNA. 

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