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CR Owners Survey Lists Top 5 Most Satisfying New Cars 24
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Corvette, Dodge Challenger, Ford F-Series, Honda Odyssey, Lincoln Continental, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Tesla Model X, Toyota Prius, video on 12 24th, 2017


Whether you’re a petrolhead or not, there aren’t many things as enjoyable as buying a new car, but choosing among the plethora of models that are out there could prove to be quite difficult.

Enter Consumer Reports and their new study, which might make this task a bit easier.

Based on data collected from owners, who rated their rides in six categories that include driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems, and to answer the ultimate question, which is whether they would buy or lease it again, CR has put together the five most satisfying new cars on sale in the U.S. market right now.

#1 Tesla Model S

Elon Musk’s all-electric executive saloon is the car that put most smiles on the faces of consumers, with 92.5 percent of them saying that they would gladly buy it again. The Model S impressed buyers with its styling, comfort, and driving, managing to become more desirable than some highly established sports cars.

#2 Porsche 911

This brings us to number 2, the Porsche 911, with its impressive driving credentials, interior comfort, and great styling that has evolved over the years, yet it’s instantly recognizable. The sports car from Stuttgart is great as a daily driver, too, and in the publication’s survey came right under the Tesla Model S, with 92.1 percent of buyers admitting that they would happily choose one again.

#3 Chevrolet Corvette

The bronze medal goes to an all-time American classic that’s getting ready to be replaced by an entirely new generation that ditches the front-engine for a mid-engine layout when it comes out next year. However, until the C8 arrives, the Corvette C7 wowed 91.2 percent of its owners, who love the way it drives and consider it great value for money.

#4 Lincoln Continental

Missing the podium by an inch is the Lincoln Continental, which scored 91 percent in owner satisfaction. Unveiled at the beginning of the year, it shares its nuts and bolts with the Ford Fusion (or Mondeo in other markets), has a very imposing design, is tech-friendly and made its owners appreciate its comfort, driving characteristics, equipment and spacious cabin.

#5 Ford F-350

You might have noticed that, so far, that no crossovers, SUVs or pickups have made it on the list, which given their popularity, is remarkable. In fact, just one made it to CR’s number five, namely the Ford F-350. No less than 90 percent of the Blue Oval’s trusty heavy-duty truck owners say that they would absolutely buy it again, as they were impressed with the driving experience and rugged styling.

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Restored Mazda Miatas Bound For Tokyo Auto Salon 14
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Reports, Tokyo Auto Salon on 12 14th, 2017


Mazda will show off the fruits of its labor at January’s Tokyo Auto Salon by premiering three original-generation MX-5 Miatas which have been restored through the recently-established NA Roadster Restore program.

The three Miatas bound for Tokyo come painted in red, white, and blue and will reveal to MX-5 enthusiasts how the automaker can breathe new life into the timeless sports car. Mazda says it will start accepting commissions from Miata owners on December 13 for restoration projects.

Beyond offering its own restoration services, the NA Roadster Restore program has put numerous parts from the NA-generation Miata back into production, namely the fabric roof, Bridgestone tires, Nardi steering wheel, and shift knob of the car.

To ensure the highest quality restoration service possible, Mazda has received certification from the Japanese division of German standards organization TÜV Rheinland on every aspect of the restoration.

The NA Roadster Restore program will initially be offered exclusively to Japanese MX-5 owners.

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BBR Launches 210HP Turbo Kit For Base 1.5-liter Mazda MX-5 8
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BBR, Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, tuning, UK on 12 8th, 2017


Owners of the entry-level 1.5-liter Mazda MX-5 are now able to fit their cars with a new turbo kit designed by Miata specialists BBR.

The new turbo kit is a reengineered version of the turbo conversion for the 2.0-liter variants of the ND MX-5, designed for easy installation and without requiring any modifications on the 1.5-liter SkyActiv-G engine.

BBR claims that with their kit installed, power output rises to 210hp, 81hp more than what the stock engine makes, and 197lb-ft of torque, which is a rather useful 86lb-ft more than before.

The company also claims that the rev-happy nature of the engine has been preserved, offering over 150lb-ft of torque from 3,000rpm to just under 7,000rpm. The kit uses an exclusive twin-scroll TSX28-67R turbocharger.

“For the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G engine, the main development effort focussed on turbo matching to suit our desired twin goals of transforming the everyday driving performance, whilst maintaining the rev-free nature of the smaller power unit,” BBR GTi Ltd Managing Director, Neil McKay said.

The kit also includes an easily installed front-mounted air-to-air intercooler, all the necessary boost hoses, a replacement battery tray, a high-flow K&N induction system and BBR’s renowned Starchip / EcuTek RaceRom ECU software package.

“On the Stage 1 conversion boost is set a conservative 7 psi, which is well within the limits of both the BBR turbocharger and the SKYACTIV-G engine,” says BBR’s Neil Mckay. “With internal upgrades to the Mazda engine we know that considerable more power is available – the BBR technical team is already developing future stages to exploit this.”

BBR’s stage 1 turbo package is priced at £4,995 with installation by the company’s qualified technicians while the DIY version is priced at £4,395. Stage 1 customers also get a 12 to 36-month extendable warranty.

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Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport Limited Edition Coming To UK From £25,595 8
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, new cars, prices, UK on 12 8th, 2017


The Mazda MX-5 range is about to welcome a new member, the Z-Sport, a special edition of the popular roadster that’s limited to just 300 units.

Created exclusively for the UK market, the open-top model will go on sale on March 1, priced from £25,595 ($34,312). It will then try to lure customers away from the competition with its Machine Grey Metallic paint, Deep Cherry Red fabric roof and 17-inch black BBS rims.

Meanwhile, the numbered Z-Sport plaque on the dashboard, Sand Leather seats, Z-Sport floor mats and scuff plates round up the list of novelties inside.

However, since the limited edition car builds upon the Sport Nav grade, it also gets LED headlights, keyless entry, climate control, navigation system, DAB radio, Bilstein dampers, strut brace, and a limited slip differential

There’s nothing special about its power unit though, as the 2.0-liter engine, rated at 160PS (158hp) and 200Nm (148lb-ft) of torque, is the sole choice. Getting from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) takes 7.3 seconds, while the top speed is rated at 214km/h (133mph).

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You Can’t Go Wrong With A Supercharged ND MX-5 From Flyin’ Miata 25
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Mazda Videos, tuning, video on 11 25th, 2017


There are plenty of tuning solutions out there for the lovely Mazda ND MX-5 but very few of them enjoy the level of trust Flyin’ Miata does, whether it’s a full LS-swap or a simple supercharger addition.

In this case we can find out what’s the ND MX-5 feels like when is fitted with Flyin’ Miata’s supercharger package. Stock cars come out of the factory with a 2.0-liter engine good enough for 155hp so the extra power is more than welcome.

Flyin’ Miata claims that with their supercharger fitted, the 2.0-liter unit produces around 200hp at the wheels which is a significant boost (pun intended) to the small roadster’s performance.

The car you’ll see in Matt Farah’s One Take video also wears a Fox Racing suspension and upgraded brakes, while the supercharger comes from Edelbrock with a tune from BBR. A set of 17×8-inches wheels fitted with 235/40 tires and various other bits and pieces complete the picture of this nicely done Miata.

Does it still feel like a Miata? Apparently yes, only one that has the appropriate punch whenever you hit the throttle pedal without overwhelming the chassis, so in our book this MX-5 sounds like a winner.

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Mazda Rolls Out A Mildly Revised 2018 MX-5 Miata In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, new cars, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


It's only been a couple of years since Mazda rolled out the latest ND-generation MX-5 Miata, so we'd expect it to stick around for a while before it'll need replacement.
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Mazda Rolls Out A Mildly Revised 2018 MX-5 Miata In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, new cars, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


It's only been a couple of years since Mazda rolled out the latest ND-generation MX-5 Miata, so we'd expect it to stick around for a while before it'll need replacement.
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Off-Road Mazda Miata Looks Like A Mad Max Prop 16
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Offbeat News, tuning on 10 16th, 2017


No, you’re not looking at the star of a new Mad Max film. Instead, this Mazda Miata is a home-built creation registered for use on U.S. streets.
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Life Looks Good Behind The Wheel Of A Mazda MX-5 RF 19
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Mazda Videos, reviews, video on 08 19th, 2017


Of course, it's not a Porsche 911 Targa, but the Mazda MX-5 RF only costs a fraction of that car, and don't forget, it's based on the most popular roadster ever.
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The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Is Perhaps The Best Yet 9
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Mazda Videos, video on 08 9th, 2017


To this day, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the best and most affordable sports cars on sale and updated for the 2017 model year, it is perhaps the best it’s ever been.
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Mazda’s Bringing Original NA Miatas Back To Factory Condition 7
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata on 08 7th, 2017


Now four generations in, the Mazda MX-5 Miata enjoys a considerable following around the world – but none more cherished than the original NA generation, and nowhere more enthusiastically than back home in Japan.
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Mazda’s Bringing Original NA Miatas Back To Factory Condition 7
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata on 08 7th, 2017


Now four generations in, the Mazda MX-5 Miata enjoys a considerable following around the world – but none more cherished than the original NA generation, and nowhere more enthusiastically than back home in Japan.
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Mazda MX-5 RF vs Toyota 86: Which One Is The New Answer To Everything? 2
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Mazda Videos, TOYOTA, Toyota 86, Toyota GT 86, Toyota Videos, video on 06 2nd, 2017


It’s a question that’s been asked repeatedly in the past, but with the two models now gaining a few updates (and a folding targa top in the case of the MX-5 RF), we need to see if anything has changed since the last time those two got together.
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Mazda MX-5 Destroyed By Fire After Explosive Burnout 27
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Mazda Videos, Offbeat News, video on 05 27th, 2017


At the recent HyperFest event in Alton, Virginia last week, the owner of a V8-powered Miata thought it would be a smart idea to roll the lightweight sports car up to a concrete barrier before flooring the throttle in an attempt to do the wildest burnout possible.
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Good News For Mazda Miata Racers 20
Apr
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Motorsport, racing on 04 20th, 2017


The Mazda MX-5 Miata may be dismissed by those who don't know better as a “chick car,” which is a bit of a shame considering that it's one of the best-handling rear-drive roadsters on the market.
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