Miata: The 'Chick Car' Pulls More Testosterone
'Chick car' - that was the coined name for Mazda MX-5 Miata. The term means a car intended for women. Another reason is that most Miata owners are women. However, the most doable reason is the car's grace, style and sophistication. These factors are the reasons why Miata made it big in the auto industry.
The third generation of Miata was produced last year. Though Miata appears closely similar to its predecessor, the third generation shares no components with the previous generation except for the side-panel turning-lights incorporated to cars made available for the European market. Additionally, OEM and aftermarket Mazda Miata parts are enhanced and upgraded to perform and look better. The 4-wheel double wishbone setup of the suspension is altered to pave way for a more powerful front wishbone/rear multilink setup. To improve driveabiity, traction and stability controls were added.
The automaker enhanced the exterior of the car by utilizing brawny yet clean profile. For the United States and Australia, the engine used by Miata was the new 16-valve, 2.0-litre MZR I4, generating 170 horsepower and 140 ft•lbf of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission for better car performance. For Europe Miatas, the automaker offered 2 engines - 2.0-litre MZR that produces 160 horsepower and 188 N•m of torque; and a new 1.8 MZR, generating 126 horsepower and 167 N•m, torque. The latter is coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Last July, Mazda unleashed a coupe convertible version of the Miata. Further, included in the brand new Mazda Miata body parts is the 3-piece folding hardtop. Said new feature added 37 kilograms to the weight of the car nonetheless; it is deemed a 'wow factor' of Miata. It only takes 11 seconds to operate the retractable hardtop and it does not seize too much trunk space so loading capabilities of the car is not compromised.
Mazda Miata is an icon in the affordable drop-top class. Since its introduction in 1989, Miata has established a long-running success. Up until now, the car is still a big hit in the auto industry. Aside from a new engine, Miata was also given bigger wheels, and other cutting-edge auto parts.
Miata is also called MX-5, which is macho-sounding. It is way far from the traditional 'chick car' stigma attached to Miata. In addition, its new package offers more thrill and escapades, great torque, and superb road feel. Indeed, it can pull more testosterone.
About the Author: Margaret Adams is the present manager of the largest auto manufacturing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This 35 year old maiden is a certified car enthusiast.