|The MX-5 goes exactly where you point it, it's predictable and extremely nimble.|
But if you’re like me, you don’t have a dime to spend on a weekend car, when you're witnessing huge amounts of dough being deleted from your bank account each month; after all, the mortgage is more important, and so is the must-be-reliable family car. I’m way behind a lot of you on the weekend car project—I don’t even have a garage.
But if you have the opportunity to do so, what are your plans? Feel like buying a kit car and build it yourself in your spare time? Or buying a classic car that needs a little TLC or restoration? Nah. Too much effort. We’re allergic to effort. Get a new sports car. But which one? The Mazda MX-5 could be a good choice.
Yes, 167 horses are enough
I’ll say it again, you don’t need a V8 engine in a sports car. The MX-5’s 2.0-litre inline-4 produces 167 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, and that’s enough beans to get its 2,606-lb (1,182-kg) carcass moving to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds at 147 km/h. Not breathtaking, but amusing nonetheless.
Base GX models get a 5-speed manual, but GS and GT versions get 6-speeds. A 6-speed automatic (with paddle shifters on GS/GT) is optional on all models.
Obviously, a small-displacement engine means low fuel consumption numbers. Our MX-5 GS is delivering an average of 8.7 L/100 km, although keep in mind that it requires premium unleaded. It would use up even less fuel if the engine wouldn't be spinning at 3,000 rpm at a steady 100 km/h. On the highway, the car is a little buzzy inside, although the hard top helps to insulate some road noise.
The MX-5 gains instant weekend car status when you hit the countryside blacktop. The car displays eye-popping handling that is easy to master, even if you're not a pro race car driver. The MX-5 goes exactly where you point it, it's predictable and extremely nimble. Fun to drive is an understatement.
|The MX-5’s 2.0-litre inline-4 produces 167 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque.|