Feel the Road-The Miata Experience
“It’s amazing what a turbo 1.8 liter engine hooked to a car weighing in at a whopping 2,500 lbs. can do.”
With my foot on the clutch and a turn of the key, the engine roars to life. The 2.5 inch turbo-back exhaust with Vibrant Performance Racing muffler makes the rumble sound oh-so-sweet. If I had to describe the driving experience in my 2004 Mazda Miata Mazdaspeed in one word, that word would be “exhilarating”.
Top down is the only way to go-better to hear the turbo spool. The six speed short shifter has the ability to be shifted as fast as humanly possible. The high performance Toyo Proxes tires grip the pavement as a goofy grin appears across my face. Animated waves and thumbs up from passerby’s pushes my pride to a roaring high. My smile becomes wider with each tight corner; just when I think she might lose grip, she hugs the road tighter taking the turn as if she was on rails. The best part about it-the harder I drive her better gas mileage she gets. It’s guilt free fun.
The power-assisted 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes have this baby stopping on a dime. For the track, a more aggressive tune of 300 horsepower is used. I prefer a tune with 275 horsepower for a street safe drive. It’s amazing what a turbo 1.8 liter engine hooked to a car weighing in at a whopping 2,500 lbs. can do. It melts every worry I have into the pavement to leave room for that feeling of exhilaration and joy. It is meditation for a car fanatic.
Nothing beats driving a Miata, top down, around winding northern Michigan roads during a sunset. The power, the view, and the wind blowing through my hair teamed with smells of 93 octane and the Lake Michigan breeze put all of my daily stress to the back of my mind-nearly forgotten. While the Miata has a fully independent front and rear suspension, the Mazdaspeed edition is equipped with upgraded springs and struts along with upgraded sway bars in the front and rear. Every bump in the road is evident, but that is the way I like it.
Regrettably as the sun sets, I head home as to avoid any deer crossing the roads at night. One deer hit in such a small car and the Miata would be toast, possibly even the driver. I feel satisfied while backing her into the garage to be tucked in for the night. Getting out of the car after a long cruise makes me feel like a giant. I’m often tempted to stand up with a “rawwrr!” while flexing my guns. After a final look-over often backed up with a loving wipe down and a car cover, my Miata fix has been cured until the next nice day.