What's Next For The World's Favorite Roadster -- /ROAD TESTAMENT
Chris Harris guests by Skype to talk about why he's no fan of the latest Mazda MX-5 roadster, what he's hoping from the next generation, and what a Mazda-based Alfa Romeo spider might look like when it comes out in 2015. That is, if all goes as planned.
Is "Old" The New "New"? -- /ROAD TESTAMENT
Why do car enthusiasts get so cranked up over new versions of old cars?
What is it about Morgan cars that Richard Hammond and DRIVE's Alex Roy love
so much? Which cars of the present will buyers long for in 50 years?
Inside the McLaren Technology Centre - /DRIVEN
The heart of McLaren Automotive - The McLaren Technology Centre and the new
McLaren Production Centre. The headquarters for one of the most successful
Formula One racing teams, the Woking facility is world renowned for
technology innovations and design. JF Musial tours the new production line
for the MP4-12C and looks behind the scenes at what's to come for the
growing super car company and race team.
2013 Scion FR-S vs 2013 Mazda MX-5 Club! - Head 2 Head Episode 27
The 2013 Mazda Miata Club Edition takes on the 2013 Scion FR-S on this
episode of Head 2 Head hosted by Carlos Lago. Forget numbers, its a fight
for fun as resident wizard and Motor Trend Testing Director Kim Reynolds
lends his analysis and insight on quantifying fun. Can Carlos get Kim to
forget about charts and graphs? Read the full story here:
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Journaal - Nieuwe Mazda MX-5 en Alfa Spider op schema
Nog niet in een lentestemming? Aan de vooruitblik van deze week zal het
niet liggen: we tonen je de nieuwe Mazda MX-5 en de nieuwe Alfa Romeo
Spider. Hoe zat het ook alweer met die twee? Dat leggen we je in dit
AutoWeek Journaal uit. Verder legt Cornelis Kit nog een keer uit hoe het
zit met de verbruikstest en hoe doet de compacte drieling van de Volkswagen
Mazda MX5 Bear Mountain Drive
The Smoking Tire stops by a Mazda meet at OCC then heads up to bear
mountain for some testing in the twisties of the new MX5
2014? 2015? New? Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster .. US EU and ASIA .. SKY-ACTIVE Zoom-Zoom HIROSHIMA
2014? 2015? New? Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster
What It Is: Mazda's fourth-generation MX-5 roadster, in CGI form. Our
artist has borrowed the Kodo design language that Mazda has used on recent
concepts; shoppers won't remember its name, but Kodo, we think, is
distinctive enough. Otherwise, the fundamentals for the next MX-5 stay the
same: two seats, folding roof, rear-wheel drive. This one will be lighter
than the current car, cutting 200 to 300 pounds for a new-and-improved
total of about 2200.
Why It Matters: BMW has the 3-series and Mercedes-Benz the S-class. For
certain companies with soul, there are one or two core products that have
to be perfect and true to the brand. Mazda's is the MX-5 Miata, and the
company knows it. Not only is the MX-5 the bestselling roadster of all
time, it's the halo car for the firm's Zoom-Zoom image. It has been and
remains one of the benchmarks for driving purity at any price.
Platform: New rear-wheel-drive architecture has been developed, and for
the time the MX-5 will be the only Mazda to use it. But the platform will
be shared outside the company, with Mazda and Fiat entering into an
agreement that will see these underpinnings beneath an Alfa Romeo
roadster. (We suspect the Alfa may be called Spider.)
Powertrains: Odds are good that the MX-5 will get a small four-cylinder
engine—about 1.3 liters—turbocharged
to make roughly the same 167 hp made by the current larger engine. Mazda
will plasterSkyactiv branding all over the engine and the car's
advertisements, which refers to the company's suite of strategies to
efficiently produce power using direct injection and high compression
ratios, while also reducing internal friction and rotating mass. This will
not be the first factory-turbocharged
MX-5; that crown goes to theMazdaspeed Miata offered briefly during the
car's second generation. Mazda's recent experimentation with a hotter,
more-powerful MX-5 presages an optional sportier version of the next-gen
car, too, we think.
Competition: Ford Mustang
V-6, Hyundai Genesis coupe, Mini Cooper convertible, Mini Roadster, Scion
FR-S, Subaru BRZ.
What Might Go Wrong: Edgy new styling could scare off the single
twenty-somethings and empty-nesters who drive MX-5 sales. Mazda's
expedition into turbocharging country
could work out brilliantly—delivering great power, refinement, and
economy—but inadequate execution could detract from the quintessential
Estimated Arrival and Price: Sometime in late 2013 or early 2014. Prices
should start at around the same $25,000 as today.
Nissan GT-R Track Pack v Porsche 997 Turbo S - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
It's been raining in England for the past 6 weeks, so this is a damp test.
The GT-R Track Pack seems a bit half-hearted and, on-paper, the 997 turbo S is the closest rival. I went to an
evening track event at Brands hatch to discover the differences/ work out
if the Track pack is worth the extra cash.