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Old 07-12-2012, 12:04 PM   #26
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Miata-based coupe... powered by your choice of a turbo-Skyactiv engine, or a 16X rotary.

MX5 or RX5.
Wow! Where do I sign up for the reincarnated Gen I RX7? Imagine a 2,500# Miata with a 250hp Renesis! It'd be better than an FD3S in most ways. I've been making pointless forum posts to this effect for years. I realize it's got the standard Miata drivetrain, but I had no idea Mazda actually made such an animal. It looks really good. Is that the SEMA show?

I loved my 1999 Miata, but just couldn't stomach the road noise through the soft top. Multi-hour road trips were painful. Same thing keeps me out of an S2k.

Too bad they made so few.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:10 PM   #27
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Wow! Where do I sign up for the reincarnated Gen I RX7? Imagine a 2,500# Miata with a 250hp Renesis! It'd be better than an FD3S in most ways. I've been making pointless forum posts to this effect for years. I realize it's got the standard Miata drivetrain, but I had no idea Mazda actually made such an animal.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:19 PM   #28
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D'oh. Hasty post composition fail on my part.

What I meant to say was that the prototype in the above photo has the standard Miata drivetrain.

Hip said what I'm sure we're all thinking - put the rotary in it and build it!

Hopefully a successful BRZ will prompt Mazda to do just that.
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:30 PM   #29
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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is as popular around the Autoblog offices as Kate Upton posters are around fraternity houses. Few staffers have much criticism for Mazda's ubiquitous roadster, and fewer still aren't overjoyed when one arrives in their driveway. So you can imagine how a report from Auto Express about a more potent MX-5 model is going over in our offices today.

The new model, which was shown in concept form as the Mazda MX-5 GT at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, has a slight catch, though. First, we have absolutely no idea if Mazda will bring the MX-5 GT to the US. Secondly, and perhaps more problematically, this isn't a production car - it's a kit from the team at Jota Sport.

Now, to be fair, the kit doesn't sound like a bad thing. It bumps the UK-spec 2.0-liter, 157-horsepower engine up to 203 hp thanks to a sports exhaust and a revamped ECU (46 horsepower from an ECU and exhaust in a naturally aspirated car?). To make the little Miata even more agile, Jota has also fiddled with the suspension. AE doesn't mention things like the grippy tires or Recaro seats that were found on the concept, though.

What concerns us is the cost of converting an MX-5 to an MX-5 GT. AE seems to think the GT should retail for under 30,000 (around $48,000 USD), which includes the 18,495 ($29,800) donor car. If the kit comes to the US, though, it will likely cost a lot less than that.

How much would you be willing to spend on an MX-5 GT? The base car starts at $23,720 for a Sport Softtop, but let's assume you want to go with the $26,905 Club Softtop to get the six-speed manual transmission. What's the right price for the GT package, installed and with its three-year warranty? Let us know in Comments.

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Old 10-19-2013, 03:21 PM   #30
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I had to google who Kate Upton is. Am I old?

And 48k for a 200hp Miata. Where do I sign up?
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:26 PM   #31
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Not a fan of the Neckbeard Creeper paint scheme, but the rest isn't half bad.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:48 PM   #32
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$48K?

That's FM LS conversion money.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:37 PM   #33
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Calm down everyone.

1 - It's a conversion kit, which are never very good value.

2 - Most prices from the U.K. convert poorly via exchange rate. A BRZ starts at 25,000, which is about $40,000!

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