Defining Zoom Zoom
The powertrain in the MX-5 is best described as eager. A 2.0L four-cylinder engine generating 167 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque provides a wonderful power-to-weight ratio, but the most engaging part of the MX-5 involves the six-speed short-shifting manual transmission. With the close-ratio gearbox, the MX-5 requires constant shifting, making the driver feel like an integral part of the driving process, something few other sports cars can manage.
The car urges you to play with it. The short shifts, the peppy and responsive engine, the sharp and direct steering; it all comes in unison to make a car that is extra enjoyable to drive, no matter what the weather conditions are. The MX-5 maintains an analogue feel that is missing from so many cars today, which use intrusive stability controls, electronics, electric power steering, and other tricks, which diminish the feedback and the union between man and machine.