Monday, May 18, 2015

10k: Factory Boosted: 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata

The 2nd generation Mazda MX-5 Miata has a bit of a reputation for being an unmanly car, an unfair judgement on one of the better handling cars of the 20th century.   Add a factory turbocharger and you get the Mazdaspeed MX-5 -- the renaissance man's car, a well balanced combination of usefulness, style, and fun.  It isn't a cave man (Mustang) or a Machiavelli (Ferrari), but it is the Leonardo Da Vinci of cars, a well rounded example of a car that makes the journey more interesting than the destination.  Find this 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata offered for $10,500 in New Haven, CT via craigslist.  Tip from John.

The Mazdaspeed version was only produced in limited quantities (less than 5500) for 2004 and 2005 model years of the NB generation.  The seller includes a link to a comcast webpage that includes more pictures of the turbocharged roadster and a detailed description of the Mazdaspeed Miata.

Power comes from an IHI turbocharged and intercooled version of the BP-4W inline-4, that pumps out 178 horsepower and gets the MX-5 to 60 mph in around 6 seconds (about 1 second faster than the basic MX-5).  Mazdaspeed additions also include upgraded suspension, unique wheels/tires, cool interior trim, and a 6-speed transmission.

See a better way to drive a boosted red convertible?


  1. Love the NA/NB Miatas but they're just a little too tight inside for me to be comfortable.

    The 17in wheels and O-ring tires on the Mazdaspeed are kinda ridiculous, it works better if you get a fatter 15in tire on it.

  2. What do the Daily Turisti think of the upcoming ND Miata?

    1. Nice car but the face looks like an angry koi--trying a bit too hard to look agressive. I'll probably buy one to replace my NB anyway. Looks better in person than in the pictures.

  3. FIAT is supposed to be re-introducing the 124 Spider later this year or early next. It is rumored to be based on the MX5 platform but with a different engine/transmission and (of course) bodywork. If you are tired of the re-hash from Mazda, wait a bit and check out what FIAT puts on the street. Hopefully Abarth will have their hand in the 124's re-introduction!

    1. It's not a rumor, Mazda and FIAT have a deal in place. It will share the mechanicals with the MX5 and be built on the Mazda line in Hiroshima. It will be powered by the FIAT 1.4 used in the 500 and will have different styling. They are supposed to show it in eithe the LA or Franfurt show this fall. I'd rather have the Mazda original vs. FIAT rebadge.

    2. I hope it happens, though I'm not willing to place any money on it regardless of what's being reported. This is the wrong car for Fiat to try to sell in the States right now, in my opinion. Their next car should be an actual money maker, not an image sports car. They also can't seem to have decided on exactly what it's going to look like. Here's on image floating around, there are several with differing details, none of which differentiate the car from the ND much.



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