This Turbocharged Mazda Miata Fastback Is Delightful

Looks like an old British racer, drives like a Miata.

byBasir Khan|
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What is it about the Mazda MX-5 Miata which makes it so beloved? Perhaps it's the near 50:50 weight distribution or the fact that for nearly 30 years, the roadster has consistently weighed less than 2,500 pounds. The engine has just enough output to make it a blast to drive without ever feeling overpowering. And let's not forget that the top folds away, allowing the driver to enjoy the sights and sounds of the open road. The Miata is simplicity sports car purity at its finest. No wonder it's always the answer.

At first glance, this particular Miata doesn't appear to be a Miata at all. Nearly everything on this car has been altered: the motor has been bored and, with the addition of a turbo, it's producing more than twice its stock power. The roadster has been transformed into a fastback finished in British racing green complete with yellow race stripes.

“I'll just shut up for a minute and let you hear the car.”

Matt Farah

Matt went for a drive in this retro-chic Miata and was absolutely delighted: