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PostHeaderIcon Mazda MX-5 by BBR Motorsport

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is considered one of the most popular sports cars in the business, regardless of segment. The Miata’s popularity has lasted for almost three decades and the recent release of the fourth-generation MX-5 shows that its status in the business is showing no signs of abating. In fact, the MX-5 is so popular that British tuner BBR has made a good business out of developing and building aftermarket programs for the Japanese sports car since its inception in 1989. Fast forward to 2017 and BBR is at it again with a new kit for the MX-5 that helps the roadster attain power levels in the neighborhood of 248 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.

Before those figures get lost in the scope of BBR’s tuning kit, consider that the tuner actually presented a similar program for the MX-5 not too long ago. Yep, back in September 2016, the British tuner unveiled two programs for the roadster: the Super 200 and the Super 200+. That “+” meant it peaked with an output of 214 ponies and 183 pound-feet of twist. It certainly didn’t take BBR long to outdo what it did only seven months ago, but the best thing about this new kit is that it may not be the last one that BBR has up its sleeve as far as the MX-5 Miata is concerned. This program does, after all, come with a “Stage 1” level so expect higher stages to come in the coming months.

PostHeaderIcon Here’s How the Mazda Miata’s Retractable Hardtop Works

So the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is here – hallelujah! This is the hard-top model Miata loyalists have been wanting for four generations now. The RF, or Retractable Fastback, combines the closed-roof quietness and all-year functionality mixed directly with an open-air driving experience on warmer days. But how did Mazda squeeze a folding hard-top into the impossibly small Miata?

The answer: very smartly. In fact, the mechanical bits and electric motors that operate the top, along with the actual aluminum top section and rear glass, all fold neatly into the space already reserved for the conventional soft top. That’s impressive.

What’s more, the Miata RF only compromises 0.1 cubic feet of trunk space over the soft-top model. And no, your luggage runs zero risk of getting smashed by the retracting mechanicals. The trunk is completely separate from the top’s storage compartment. Of course, don’t expect to haul home a bulk purchase of mega-roll toilet paper; the trunk only has 4.6 cubic feet of space.

Operating the top only takes about 13 seconds. A dash-mounted toggle switch does the deed. The car just has to be rolling below six mph. Want to see it in action? Keep reading for the full step-by-step process.

Continue reading for a video of the Miata RF’s Targa top.

PostHeaderIcon Mazda MX-5 RF Custom Style

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has earned its place in automotive history as arguably the most successful compact sports car in the industry. It’s never had insane amounts of power, but its combination of size, performance, and versatility has turned into an all-time great. The model is over 25 years old and has seen four generations worth of changes; that longevity is another one of its most notable claims to fame. This year though, Mazda did something to the MX-5 that it hasn’t done in the model’s long and proud history. It reconfigured the sports car with a targa roof, christening it as the MX-5 Miata RF, and giving it an extra jolt life that it probably didn’t need on its way to becoming an all-timer. Not content with just introducing the MX-5 RF, Mazda is taking it to another level with the introduction of a special edition version of the Miata RF, called the RF Custom Style.

Scheduled to make its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon in early Januaryk, the MX-5 RF Custom Style is the first special edition treatment given to the new Miata variant. We all know that Mazda’s not bashful about giving the MX-5 special edition varieties – the just-announced MX-5 Arctic Edition is proof of that – so it’s not a surprise that it’s giving some of that love to the MX-5 RF.

In true Mazda fashion, the exclusive features of the Miara RF Custom Style aren’t just cosmetic by nature. It’s not just about making the car look racier than it already is. It’s about enhancing the performance credentials of the rear-wheel-drive, compact sports roadster and make it even more hellacious to drive on the track. It’s true that the RF variant of the Miata is heavier than the standard version on account of the retractable roof panel and the lift-up flying buttresses. Mazda didn’t specifically mention it, but there’s a good chance that added aerodynamic components on the RF Custom Style is Mazda’s way of addressing the extra weight and improve the car’s performance to “standard” Miata levels.

There’s no way of confirming that at this point because the automaker did not release the performance figures of the MX-5 RF Custom Style. The puzzle pieces fit though and in the absence of anything concrete, it’s worth establishing that there’s really more to the MX-5 Miata RF Custom Style than meets the (naked) eye.

The numbers should be impressive, but there is a always a downside when it comes to special edition MX-5s. More often than not, they don’t make their way to the US market and unless Mazda specifically says otherwise, don’t expect the MX-5 Miata RF Custom Style to find its way here too.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 Miata Custom RF Style.

PostHeaderIcon Mazda MX-5 Arctic Edition

Special edition versions of the Mazda MX-5 Miata aren’t exactly a rare breed. In the sports coupe’s life span, we’ve seen one unique iteration after another, each more unique than the other. The current-generation MX-5 isn’t immune to this lavish treatment as Mazda has prepared SE versions like the Recaro Limited Edition, the Icon Special Edition, and the just-announced Arctic Edition. Each one of them had one thing in common: they were all MX-5 Miatas at heart.

The MX-5 Miata Arctic Edition follows in a long line of special edition Miatas. It’s got a special body color that matches the mood of the season it’s celebrating. It also has complementary trim accents and an interior that’s dressed to the nines. And let’s not forget about the cool name. “Arctic Edition” looks and sounds like a boss, which is probably why Mazda decided to use it again after first bestowing the name to, you guessed it, the MX-5 Miata 12 years ago.

The automaker has scheduled a February 2017 release for the special edition model, with only 400 units set to be made available. It’s not a big number by any means, but it suits the Arctic Edition well because all 400 units are likely to be scooped up faster than it takes Santa to make his own snow angel.

The only downside to all of this is that the Arctic Edition will be exclusively sold in the U.K. market, which means us folks here across the Atlantic are once again out of luck.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 Miata Arctic Edition.

PostHeaderIcon Mazda MX-5 RF Set To Arrive Two Months Earlier Than Scheduled

Mazda is in a giving mood this Thanksgiving and fans of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF should be indebted to the company after it announced that the special edition MX-5 would arrive in the U.S. two months earlier than anticipated. Initially scheduled to hit dealerships on February 2017, the first wave of shipments are now expected to arrive in Tacoma, Washington by the first week of December, according to Mazda spokesman Jacob Brown.

Brown explained that a production shift in the company’s factory in Japan expedited the production of these models. Instead of waiting for the initial timetable, Mazda apparently decided to ship the cars to the U.S. earlier than expected. All told, a total of more than 500 MX-5 Miatas are expected to arrive in Tacoma in the coming days. Most of the models that will be arriving are Launch Edition models, but there are a handful of MX-5 Miata RFs that are also included, including some that are going to be delivered to customers in Canada.

There’s no timetable yet on when the cars will be delivered to their owners, but with the cars already in the US, it is expected to also happen much sooner than the initial schedule. That said, at least one owner has already taken delivery of his MX-5 RF. That owner is noted Miata collector David Putter, who received the keys to his Miata RF at the Los Angeles Auto Show after Mazda personally air-freighted his car all the way from Japan to Huntington Beach Mazda, making Putter the first ever paying customer to take delivery of the newest MX-5 Miata.

Soon enough, more owners will be handed the keys to their targa-style Miata RFs, which separates itself from all other MX-5 Miatas in existence because of its retractable roof panel and rear window. It still carries the same powertrain as all standard soft-top Miatas — a 2.0-liter inline-four engine that produces 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque — but its unique configuration is definitely unmistakable, and those who bought one can now enjoy being the proud owners of the new Miata RF much sooner than they expected.

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PostHeaderIcon It Only Took a Week for all 1,000 MX-5 Miata RF Launch Editions to Sell Out

The new Mazda MX-5 RF, essentially a targa version of the current Miata, is a big hit in the U.S., where the initial allocation of 1,000 Launch Edition units sold out in just a week. According to the Japanese brand, “more than 500 loyal customers” put down deposits to buy the RF when the Launch Edition was first offered on September 26. When ordering opened to the general public on October 3, the remaining cars sold out in only 13 hours.

“The 2017 MX-5 RF Launch Edition preorder program was created to reward loyal Mazda customers with exclusive access to some of the first MX-5 RF models to be sold in the U.S., as well as to ramp up anticipation for what was arguably the star of the 2016 New York International Auto Show,” said Robert Davis, senior VP of U.S. Operations. “By every measure, this program was a success, and we’re excited to be that much closer to getting these cars into the garages of customers from all over the U.S.”

Customers who have purchased the RF Launch Edition will take delivery of their cars beginning early 2017. Once all Launch Editions are built, Mazda will begin production of the standard MX-5 RF in Club and Grand Touring trims.

As a brief reminder, the RF Launch Edition is equipped with three exclusive features for the 2017, including Auburn Nappa leather seating, a hand-painted black roof, and special badging. All 1,000 examples will be painted Machine Gray Metallic and shipped with a serialized Tourneau MX5 RF Launch Edition watch. The Launch Edition was the most expensive RF model, fetching $33,850 before options with a manual transmission and $34,925 with the automatic gearbox. For reference, the base model retails from $31,555 for the 2017 model year. Mazda says that 67 percent of customers opted for manual transmissions. It’s important to note that the manual gearbox also gives buyers access to a Brembo/BBS Package that includes a front shock-tower brace, side sill body extensions, lightweight BBS 17-inch wheels, and Brembo front brakes with wider pads.

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda Miata "Indy" ND V-8

The word “Miata” means different things to different people. To Mazda, it stands for complete success, since the MX-5 has always been one of the best-selling two-seaters ever made. To those of us who love to do the impossible, the word Miata immediately invokes visions of any crazy mod we can conceptualize without having an aneurysm. The Miata has long been a favorite go-to for harnessing lots of power in a little package, but the guys over at Flyin’ Miata are taking things to a whole new level with the fourth-generation model.

Just released for the 2016 model year, there really haven’t been too many intense builds of the ND Miata – until now. Apparently, the ND you see here was sitting on a lift with no heart to speak of, when the guys at Flyin’ Miata decided to cram their plastic, V-8 test block under the hood. To their surprise, it fit, and their newest project got underway. It’s not the first Miata to undergo a V-8 conversion, but it is the first ND-gen model to obtain such a transplant.

According to the second entry of the project diary on Flyin’ Miata’s website, the ND-gen model actually requires less modification to the chassis than the previous NA- and NB-gen models. But, before I got too much into that, let’s take a look at the car these guys have put together and talk a little about it.

PostHeaderIcon Mazda Celebrates Production Of 1 Millionth MX-5 Miata

Mazda’s 100th anniversary isn’t until 2020, but 2016 has turned out to be a year of celebration for the Japanese automaker as it commemorates reaching 1 million production units for the iconic MX-5 Miata.

It goes without saying that the MX-5 Miata is, without question, one of the most successful cars in the history of the automotive industry. In the 27 years that it’s been around, it’s won over 200 awards from all over the world, including the status of being the only car in history to win both World Car of the Year and World Design of the Year at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. It’s also considered the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car, a record certified by no less than the Guinness Book of World Records. Suffice it to say, the MX-5 Miata is a big deal. A really big deal.

That’s precisely why Mazda is pulling out all the stops to celebrate this momentous occasion and it’s doing so by giving the “One-Millionth MX-5” a global tour befitting its status. First up on the list is the car’s participation in the Flower Parade of the Hiroshima Flower Festival on May 3, 2016. From there, the sports car will be displayed in a number of fan events in Japan before making the trip across the Pacific Ocean to the US in September. Once it arrives on our soil, the One-Millionth MX-5 will continue making numerous stops before concluding its US tour at the Miatas at Mazda Raceway on October 1, 2016.

It’s unclear what Mazda’s plans are for the One-Millionth MX-5 once its global tour reaches a conclusion. A popular guess would be for the car to end up in Mazda’s museum or more improbably, though still likely, an auction house sometime in the future. Whatever the case may be, it’s a tremendous milestone for Mazda and certainly one worth celebrating.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 New York International Auto Show – Best In Show

I’ll just come out and say it – being the follow-up act to the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show is not an enviable position (check out some of our coverage here to see what I’m talking about). Nevertheless, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) pulled it off, providing us with plenty of fresh metal worthy of our collective attention and desire. From muscle-bound track monsters, to European refinement, to Japanese tech, there really was a little bit of everything in the Big Apple this year. But the question is this – which models stood out as the best of the bunch?

The criteria for clinching a spot on this list is loose, but I’ll try to distill it down for you. A Best In Show winner has to stir emotion. It has to excel, both as a piece of design and a technical showcase. Significance in a historical context is a big plus. And of course, there’s the speed – big power, crazy specs, prowess in the twisties… you know, the good stuff.

The following five cars have all that and more, and if you love fast machinery, odds are you’ll find something to love in this list.

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda MX-5 RF

After showcasing several production-ready concepts based on the new Miata and announcing a new version of the MX-5 for the 2016 New York Auto Show, Mazda has finally unveiled a new Miata at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Dubbed RF, which stands for Retractable Fastback, this new Miata is the hardtop version everyone expected, but with a significant change from the power retractable metal roof variant offered with the previous generation. Specifically, the MX-5 RF is actually a targa, the first such configuration for the Miata, with a retractable roof panel and rear window.

Is this cool or what?

The MX-5 RF will be sold globally and reach markets such as Europe, Japan, and Australia. Naturally, it will also cross the pond to the U.S., where it will offered alongside the more traditional, soft-top roadster.

Technical specifications remain the same, but due to its new roof, the MX-5 RF is actually entirely new not only for the Miata nameplate, but for the market as well. The fact that there aren’t any other affordable, targa-style convertibles out there makes the MX-5 RF unique. Of course, there are certain things to consider here, such as the extra weight that comes with the retractable roof panel and the lift-up flying buttresses, but the RF is arguably the coolest targa since the Porsche 911.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Unveiled

Mazda got the drop on the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) with the launch of a new addition to the MX-5 family. It’s called the MX-5 RF, with the last two letters alluding to the “retractable fastback” roof that replaces the old ragtop. While the fourth-generation MX-5 is undoubtedly a significant aesthetic upgrade over the old model, the new RF is simply gorgeous. The design visually moves the cabin towards the tail, emphasizing the rear haunches and giving the whole package a superb sense of balance and poise. Complementing the new look is the availability of a new premium color – Machine Grey. Something tells me the days of explaining handling dynamics and tossability to non-enthusiasts is over…

Speaking of which, the RF promises to be every bit of fun behind the wheel as the standard model, although Mazda has yet to reveal how much the retractable roof mechanism adds to the original’s feathery curb weight. U.S. customers get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, while a 1.5-liter powerplant is offered elsewhere. Routing the power is a six-speed manual gearbox, or alternatively, a six-speed automatic. Inside, expect the same driver-centric control layout.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF will be on display at the Mazda booth throughout the duration of NYIAS. Customers are invited to place pre-orders later this summer, with deliveries expected sometime thereafter.

PostHeaderIcon Mazda Confirms New Model For New York Auto Show; Could Be The Hard-Top Miata

The New York Auto Show is less than two weeks away, and manufacturers are already trying to get our attention. The most recent example is Mazda and its invitation to the show that clearly expresses the manufacturer’s intent to “blow the lid off at the New York Auto Show.” Along with that, the invitation also claims that Mazda is planning to release something new at the show; the question is: what?

Well, at this point, nobody outside of Mazda knows for sure, but some sources are indicating that it will be a hard-top version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. That is all speculation at this point, but with the most recent generation debuting just a year ago, it is time for the hard top to hit the scene. If it doesn’t turn out to be a hard-top MX-5, it will be called the MX-5 Roadster Coupe and will feature a folding roof that is lighter and more compact than that of the previous generation.

If our sources are correct, the hard-top MX-5 is a big deal for Mazda. The previous generation hard top was very successful and outsold the soft top by a huge margin in the U.K. Then again; it could be that this “world premiere” that will “blow the lid” off the show is going to be an all-new model altogether. With only a couple weeks left until the show, we won’t have to wait for long. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the opening day of the New York Auto show.

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda MX-5 By BBR

The popular Mazda Miata has received several aftermarket upgrades throughout its life time, but very few companies can brag about having pumped more power into the Japanese roadster. One such firm is Britain’s BBR, which in 2015 celebrated 25 years of MX-5 upgrades. And it did so by releasing three separate updates for the fourth-generation ND model.

It’s been nearly a year since BBR unveiled a 200-horsepower MX-5, and the British tuning company is finally accepting orders for its brand-new packages. Like in the past, BBR won’t meddle with the roadster inside and out, but its upgrades will give the engine up to 190 horsepower to send to the rear wheels. The packages enhance both the 1.5- and 2.0-liter engines available in Europe, while various chassis options help keep the uprated sports car on its best behavior on both the road and the track.

All upgrades keep the engine naturally aspirated, but if previous BBR-tuned Miatas are any indication, a turbocharged model should also be underway. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the program that will likely make many ND-generation MX-5 owners very happy.

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PostHeaderIcon XCAR Reviews The 2016 Mazda MX-5: Video

First launched in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has become one of the most iconic sports cars in history. It seems weird to say that in regards to a car that was reportedly born out of a challenge from a journalist for Mazda to build a sports car like the UK used to do. Well, the challenge was accepted and as they say, the rest is history.

Today, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is well-entrenched into its fourth-generation, a fact that wasn’t lost by X-Car presenter Alex Goy during his recent review of the car. It’s worth noting that the episode also featured the first-generation MX-5 Miata and it’s startling to see how the sports car has evolved since it first entered the market 26 years ago. A lot of things certainly have changed, especially in the way the MX-5 now looks.

But, one thing that has stood the test of time, is the car’s popularity. Just as hot as it was when it first broke into the scene, the MX-5 Miata continues to be the standard of a cheap and lightweight sports car. The car still has some quirks about it as Goy pointed out, but for the most part, the MX-5 is as good and as fun to drive back then as it is now.

Check out the video and see for yourselves how the MX-5 Miata has changed and yet, you still walk away with the feeling that the more it has evolved, the more it has remained true to its core.

PostHeaderIcon Mazda MX-5 Sport Recaro Limited Edition

The 2015 SEMA Show proved to be an exciting event for Mazda MX-5 enthusiasts. We saw the Japanese automaker launch the Speedster and Spyder concepts, which took the sportiness of the fourth-gen Miata to a new level, thanks to their reduced curb weights and bespoke features. Unfortunately, Mazda doesn’t plan to produce either of the two, meaning U.S. customers are stuck with the stock version for the time being.

Not that this is bad news, but many enthusiasts have been clamoring about a more powerful (turbocharged) version or at least a couple of special-edition models.

While that’s not likely to happen in the U.S. at least until 2016, British drivers have already been granted access to a special-edition model. Dubbed Sport Recaro, the model is more of a trim update rather than a stand-alone version, but it comes with plenty of bespoke features and in fewer numbers than usual to qualify for a “limited-edition” badge.

The MX-5 Sport Recaro is based on the range-topping Sport Nav trim, which is already a well-equipped model, but its unique features help it stand out among other Miatas. Furthermore, it’s not as expensive as its limited-edition status suggests, providing more bang for the buck than similar models from other automakers. Find out more about it below.

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda MX-5 Spyder Concept

The Mazda MX-5 has always been pretty clear about what it is. Mazda’s modern-day homage to the classic British roadster has been a single-minded vehicle since its inception, and not prone to being watered down by committee design. Just the same, Mazda has elected to take the MX-5 “back to its roots” with a pair of modified cars at this year’s SEMA show.

The MX-5 Spyder is the more genteel of Mazda’s two show roadsters. With this car, Mazda has taken the classic-roadster link as far as it possibly can, adding vintage touches like bespoke leather and artistic detailing to remind viewers of the British, Italian and Japanese sports cars from sports-racing’s heyday. The MX-5 remains the closest modern car to the classic open-air motoring experience, with lightweight construction and minimalist styling. The MX-5 Spyder has been lightened compared to the production car, and features unique exterior details as well.

Updated 11/04/2015: Mazda displayed the MX-5 Spyder concept, along with its companion the MX-5 Speedster, at its booth at the 2015 SEMA show.

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda MX-5 Speedster Concept

The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is so new that it barely arrived in U.S. dealerships. Between its official U.S. launch in November 2014 and on-sale date, however, Mazda introduced no fewer than three iterations of the sporty roadster. The MX-5 Cup Racecar broke cover at the 2014 SEMA Show, the Accessories Design Concept surfaced at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, and the MX-5 RS arrived as a Japan-only model in early 2015. With 2016 just around the corner, Mazda has announced plans to showcase two more concept cars at the 2015 SEMA Show, one of which is the MX-5 Speedster.

Mazda describes the concept car as a “vastly different take on the fourth-generation MX-5,” adding that its designers “wanted to see what they could do if that idea was taken to the extreme.”

Even though it’s by no means extreme, the Speedster is an intriguing concept car that received enough aftermarket parts and modifications to be worthy of an event such as the SEMA Show. At 2,080 pounds, it’s also no fewer than 252 pounds lighter than the standard model, which, coupled with its race-inspired looks, makes it the perfect weekend track toy.

Updated 11/03/2015: Mazda unveiled the MX-5 Speedster Concept at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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PostHeaderIcon 2015 SCCA Runoffs Spec Miata Q2 Qualifying Session At Daytona: Video

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a chic sports car in it standard configuration. But if you strip it down to its basic necessities, drop a modified engine under its hood, and slap on a race car’s worth of safety equipment, the MX-5 Miata can turn into rolling thunder on four (racing) wheels.

Full Spec Miata driver Danny Steyn and fellow Rossini Racing Engines racer Jonathan Goring showcased that in a video that shows the MX-5 Miata in the middle of a qualifying session at Daytona. The monstrous engine noise coming from that Miata is enthralling to the ears on its own. But it’s the cockpit-eye view of the qualifying session that really has me on the edge of my seat. It’s not often that you get to watch a race from this angle for an extended period of time.

Watching Steyn navigate around the track with his rivals all up in his space makes me feel like I’m inside the cabin with him. The sweeping turns feel real. The bumps hurt. And the sound of the wind just crashing into the car has me grabbing my chair. I’m all worked up just watching this video so I can’t even begin to imagine the feeling of being inside that Miata.

PostHeaderIcon Toyota GT86 VS Mazda MX5: Video

The philosophies behind the Scion FR-S/Toyota 86 and the Mazda Miata/MX-5 are clearly very different. But since the two cars are both Japanese, both some sort of sport model and have fairly similar price tags, there’s a very good chance that if you’re looking at buying one, you’ve probably at least considered the other. That’s why Evo decided to do a comparison video of the two. Filmed entirely on the track, the video has essentially nothing at all to say about the cars that isn’t about how they drive, so if you want to know about interiors, cargo space or cup holders, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

The track does make a lot of sense for these cars though. They’re bought by people for whom tenths of a second are very important and who, if they’re going to use it as a daily driver, have already accepted that there will be some serious limitations involved. The review won’t really tell you which one would be better to buy, but with both of these being such good cars, it really shouldn’t endeavor to tell you which one to buy. The reviewer has more fun in the Toyota, but that doesn’t mean you will.

PostHeaderIcon Mazda MX-5 Cup Raceway Pace Car

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car was unveiled in November 2014, ushering in a new generation of beefed-up MX-5 racers that we’ll be seeing a whole lot of in the coming years. Most units of the MX-5 Cup, including the batch that will compete in the 2016 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup, have been stocked with full racing gear. But at least one of them will serve a different purpose, specifically the MX-5 Cup Pace Car that will oversee racing competitions held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Mazda Motorsports launched the MX-5 Cup Pace Car at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the weekend of August 15-16, 2015. With its unveiling, the MX-5 Cup Pace Car will follow in a long history of Mazda models that have patrolled the track at Laguna Seca. The Mazda6 has served in this capacity in the past, as has the RX-8, CX-5, and not surprisingly, the previous-generation MX-5.

The new MX-5 Cup now gets that honor, and to mark the occasion, Mazda fitted the plucky little racer with all the necessary digs of a bonafide pace car, including the standard roll cage, racing bucket seats and emergency lights.

Those interested to see the new MX-5 Cup Pace Car in action will get the opportunity when the 2015 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racing season kicks off on September 11-13, 2015 with the Mazda Road to Indy, and Pirelli World Challenge finals.

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2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2013 FORD MUSTANG GT PREMIUM 5.0 6-SPEED LEATHER 40K MI #281924 Texas Direct
$5,100.00 (45 Bids)
End Date: Monday May-29-2017 13:00:00 PDT
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2016 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2016 Ford Mustang GT Competition Orange , Carfax Certified 1 Owner, 4,294 miles
$28,300.00 (49 Bids)
End Date: Sunday May-28-2017 20:00:00 PDT
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2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 2006 Corvette Z51 6L V8 16V 6-Speed Manual RWD Targa Top Wide Body Kit 550HP NC
$15,100.00 (20 Bids)
End Date: Monday May-29-2017 11:43:25 PDT
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2000 Chevrolet Other Pickups Base 2000 chevy k2500 4x4 (454ci) CLEAN OREGON STATE TRUCK!
$13,300.00 (19 Bids)
End Date: Saturday May-27-2017 17:23:44 PDT
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Base Convertible 2-Door 07 Chevy Corvette Yellow RWD HID Convertible 6 Speed
$19,100.00 (45 Bids)
End Date: Friday May-26-2017 9:15:03 PDT
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 2007 Chevy Corvette Coupe,Targa Top 6-Speed low miles clean carfax
End Date: Tuesday May-30-2017 17:54:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $25,900.00
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2014 Ford Mustang Base Convertible 2-Door 2014 FORD MUSTANG V6 PREMIUM CONVERTIBLE LEATHER 24K MI #310965 Texas Direct
$10.50 (6 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jun-1-2017 1:49:58 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $18,980.00
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1968 Chevrolet Camaro 2-door convertible 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible
$25,100.00 (23 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday May-31-2017 17:22:52 PDT
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2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS RS 1LE 6-SPD SUNROOF NAV HUD 10K #252775 Texas Direct Auto
$1,578.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday May-31-2017 6:43:42 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $32,980.00
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2006 Ford Mustang Base Coupe 2-Door 2006 Ford Mustang V6 Premium
End Date: Thursday May-25-2017 15:00:58 PDT
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CORVETTE Z06 2LZ CONVERTIBLE S/C NAV HUD 7K #602115 Texas Direct Auto
$5,100.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday May-31-2017 17:32:07 PDT
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS w/1SS
$40,200.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Friday May-26-2017 12:01:10 PDT
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1958 Chevrolet Corvette 2 door 1958 Corvette Pro - Street
$35,550.00 (34 Bids)
End Date: Monday May-29-2017 14:06:30 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $70,000.00
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1986 Chevrolet Corvette Base Hatchback 2-Door 86 Chevy Corvette Red Greenwood Ground Effects Automatic Nitto ZR Tires
$7,179.79 (16 Bids)
End Date: Saturday May-27-2017 9:09:17 PDT
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS MINT 5354 miles w/Perfromance Exhaust Garage Kept
End Date: Wednesday Jun-14-2017 20:14:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $38,000.00
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1951 Chevrolet Other Pickups 2 1951 GMC 5 window 3100 Pick up, LS V8, Automatic, AC, Ready to Drive
$20,099.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday May-31-2017 14:30:19 PDT
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1969 Chevrolet Other Pickups C10 1969 Chevrolet C/K 10 Series C10 Short Bed 350 V8 Air Condition 6,154 Miles Whit
End Date: Wednesday May-31-2017 7:40:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $25,900.00
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2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe 2-Door 2016 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT350 5.2L 6-SPEED TECH NAV 2K #523734 Texas Direct
$45,100.00 (39 Bids)
End Date: Friday May-26-2017 12:20:47 PDT
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1971 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 7.4L
End Date: Friday Jun-9-2017 9:22:57 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $30,500.00
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1996 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Collectors Edition, only 3,997 miles!
$15,100.00 (28 Bids)
End Date: Friday May-26-2017 7:41:30 PDT
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1970 Ford Other Pickups -- 1970 Camelot Cruiser RV Ford C 900 Tiny House by Gas Monkey Garage NO RESERVE!
$3,650.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday May-30-2017 17:06:38 PDT
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1998 Chevrolet Corvette Base coupe Corvette C5 Sports Car
$6,100.00 (16 Bids)
End Date: Sunday May-28-2017 10:00:00 PDT
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End Date: Tuesday Jun-6-2017 12:30:44 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $84,600.00
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY Z51 2LT NAV RED SEATS 28K #134789 Texas Direct Auto
End Date: Monday May-29-2017 13:53:17 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $49,980.00
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1964 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2-Door 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Factory A/C
$50,000.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Sunday May-28-2017 18:00:00 PDT
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2012 Chevrolet Corvette 2 Door 2012 Chevy Corvette 1010 hp Supercar Red n Black 7.0L Supercharged Unbelievable
$19,000.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Sunday May-28-2017 19:29:12 PDT
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1950 Chevrolet Other Pickups base 1950 and 1952 Chevrolet 3100 Rat rod Trucks, NO RESERVE
$2,604.00 (40 Bids)
End Date: Sunday May-28-2017 13:43:09 PDT
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2015 Chevrolet Other Pickups -- 2015 Chevrolet Express 2500 Conversion Van Explorer Limited SE 9 Passenger Hitop
$2,025.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Monday May-29-2017 11:34:32 PDT
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