Five-Point Inspection: 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5

Five-Point Inspection: 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5

The Holy Grail of the Miata

In 2004 Mazda did something truly special. It took the already highly praised MX-5 Miata roadster and improved upon it in nearly every possible way.

Known as the Mazdaspeed MX-5, the two-year run was a short send-off to the second generation Miata known to fans by its chassis code: the NB.

In reality though, it was more of a send-off to the initial Miata concept and platform that had been in production since 1990. With the 2006 model year, things would change dramatically for Mazda’s two-seat sports car when it would gain size, weight and comfort.

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But, for two short years before this new model arrived, Mazda may well have created the ultimate MX-5 Miata. A vehicle that may never be topped no matter how long the MX-5’s run lasts.

As an unashamed Miata super fan, I was ecstatic to get the chance to drive this legendary Mazda at the recent unveiling of the upcoming 2016 MX-5. But I must admit, I did have a bit of trepidation as well. They say never drive your heroes because it only leads to disappointment. Would the Mazdaspeed MX-5 be a letdown? Or would it prove to truly be the ultimate Miata?