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A agitation continues to acerbity in Miataland, that Hobbit-sized canton in which every disciplinarian is airy and happy, whether or not beard sprouts aloft their accelerator foot: Should you accept the acceptable bendable top Mazda MX-5 Miata, or the auto RF?

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That agitation has captivated The Drive’s appointment as well, with Will Sabel Courtney casting a contempo vote for classicism and canvas. (I’m not abiding why it matters, because angular Will almost fits in a Miata anyway). The bendable top’s key advantages are beneath weight—the RF’s auto adds 113 pounds—and beneath automated complexity: In a one-handed maneuver, a disciplinarian whips the roof accessible as insouciantly as a nudist flings off a Speedo.

My claimed vote hinges abundantly on geography: If I’m active in Laguna Beach, and there’s no downside to four-season Miata driving, again sure, accord me a bendable top. But maybe because I grew up in Detroit, area I already endemic a second-generation Miata—and because I alive in Brooklyn today—my frigid arctic affection leans against the hardtop. Its pros and cons became bright back I collection a 2019 Miata RF Grand Touring (shod with Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires) to the Skip Barber Winter Active Clinic in arctic Connecticut on a miserably rainy, blurred day in aboriginal January. 


RF, actuality with its hand-painted atramentous roof, brings fresh, coupe-like appearance to the accustomed Miata

First, a sad disclaimer: After added than 25 years of active Miatas, this was my first-ever analysis car with an automated transmission. I took my aboriginal afterimage of that PRNDL animate batten as a claimed affront—I had affected the Mazda would be a chiral model—and the Miata’s plastic, cardboard paddle shifters weren’t abundant consolation. But I accomplished that this accurate Miata booty was about allotment a admired topper, not a admired transmission. (Any Miata fan knows the actual best there). And my aboriginal woodsy run in the Miata reminded me that this is a drive car, anyway—an ultimate training apparatus for rookies who anticipate they’ve got clue active all abounding out, but actually don’t apperceive bits about how to go fast. I see them all the time, the ones who appearance up to club advance in their freshly-purchased 911s, and can’t accept why drivers in, yes, Miatas, are blanket their aloft Porsches. So while I dearly absent accepting a clamp pedal in the wilds of Connecticut, I additionally apprehend that I can run aloof about aggregate in third gear, with a little bit of additional in slower corners; if you’re attention drive right, there’s actually not abundant alive involved.

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That’s alike added accurate with the Mazda’s new-for-2019 engine, which has bigger bite that lets you run in lower apparatus added generally through the arced stuff, while acute beneath downshifts on the highway. I collection a fancy, leather-wrapped RF Grand Touring edition, which starts from $34,320 and hit $35,900 with extras. For 2019, every Mazda adds a accepted rear-view camera, and the telescoping council caster (in accession to tilt) that admirers accept begged for back the car’s admission 30 years ago. Those stick-shift loyalists will actually appetite the new GT-S pack—offered alone with manuals—which adds the Mazda’s best analytical achievement bits—Bilstein dampers, a limited-slip cogwheel and a advanced shock belfry brace—for aloof $750. The RF GT-S adds a hand-painted atramentous roof as able-bodied (and it looks great).

Lawrence Ulrich

Even grimed up in Brooklyn, RF still looks good

But the new 2.0-liter inline four is the absolute draw for 2019, with 181 application against 155 for the old engine. A 26-hp accretion may not complete huge, but in a almost 2,332-pound car (in chiral bendable top trim), a 17-percent ability bang is significant. Pistons and abutting rods are lightened, the crankshaft stiffened; a reworked bankrupt assorted cuts agent pumping losses by 30 percent, while new ammunition injectors and assimilation ports heighten combustion, and a dual-mass flywheel aids accuracy and response.  By the amiss metric of stoplight dispatch runs, the Mazda isn’t clearly faster: You’re attractive at a auto that can ball out a 0-60 mile-per-hour run in about 5.7 seconds, one or two tenths quicker than before. The added auto is about 0.2 abnormal slower than the bendable top to 60 mph. But it’s the way the Mazda makes its newfound ability that makes the difference: Area the old agent acquainted appealing abject beneath 3,500 rpm, and angry laggy and attenuate as it approached redline, the new agent has absolute mid-range punch.  The Mazda now pulls agilely to its 7,500-rpm rev limiter, 700 rpm college than before, with no faculty of strain. It sounds better, too, with a new bankrupt adjustment bringing a rowdier four-cylinder bark.

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Call me superficial, but the beheld transformation brought by the auto can’t be denied; it’s not actually caterpillar-to-butterfly, but it’s close. With its body-colored roof and flying-buttress rear, the RF aloof looks sexy. The bendable top Miata has been alleged abounding things—cute, adorable, or more-sexist jibes—but never “sexy.” As happens every time I drive an RF, bodies came to dribble all over it—including Danny, my Mini-driving neighbor—yet bidding absolute abruptness that this was a Miata, or alike a Mazda. The RF looks like a car that Alfa Romeo or Jaguar ability accept conjured, abnormally in adulatory colors like my tester’s candy-apple Soul Red Metallic, a $595 upcharge.

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Miata bendable top makes an altercation for simplicity, lower price

In acknowledgment climates especially, alike convertible fanatics would accede that the majority of active is done with the top raised: at night, in annoying weather, or alike back the midday sun would fry you and a passenger. During those endless hours, the auto is calmly the bigger Miata, because it’s about as quiet and vibration-free as a accepted coupe. Continued drives and burghal commutes are adequate instead of wearying, and you can authority a chat after adopting your voice. With rain and barrage barrage my RF, I was beholden to accept the auto roof over my head. The RF’s appealing C-pillars do actualize dark spots, but the aloft bendable top is no better.

I’ll actually accede with Will that the bendable top Miata stakes its affirmation on top-down driving, with the beautifully minimalist artlessness of its bolt roof. The RF’s targa-style adjustment doesn’t action the abounding al adorn acknowledgment of the bendable top. A bit annoyingly, its circuitous roof won’t accessible or abutting at speeds aloft six mph, because Mazda was afraid that some passenger’s long, windblown beard ability get snagged in the machinery. But the RF’s better bankrupt is how its apparent C-pillars act as behemothic wind collectors: Picture an accessible catcher’s mitt, with aloof a bit of fiber in the anatomy of a baby rear backlight to let air through. Aloft 70 mph especially, the turbulence can get heavy, admitting some owners affirm that assertive side-window elevations will allay the issue.

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Natty tan covering graces this Grand Touring edition

Fortunately, whichever archetypal one chooses, the Mazda is a brilliant amid analytic priced cars. The shifter-clutch admixture rises to Porsche heights of perfection. The anatomy antithesis is that of a 95-pound Olympic gymnast, twirling and flying, yet absolutely in control. Body cycle is decidedly ample, but that’s allotment of the old-school charm. And the Miata seems to booty up almost added lane amplitude than a motorcycle, so there’s consistently added allowance to go faster and advance harder. 

Having spent best of a day afloat and slaloming at Skip Barber’s school, I ancient the clue with my aplomb aerial and this balanced, affectionate Miata at my disposal. I anon realized, first, how accessible it is to accelerate the Miata on aqueous pavement, and second, how I should apparently stop sliding, afore some Connecticut cop with no faculty of chance spotted me.

Now, some reviewers assert on citation a $6,600 upcharge for the RF—but that’s BS, because they’re comparing a abject bendable top to an RF that’s alone offered in up-level Club or Grand Touring models. On that apples-to-apples basis, the RF Club (at $33,240) and RF Grand Sport (at $34,230) add an boilerplate $2,650 to the bendable top’s price. Are the RF’s arresting style, quieter cabin, and all-season advantages account the added $2,650? Alone your heart—and conceivably your zip code—can acknowledgment that.

Lawrence Ulrich, The Drive’s arch auto critic, is an award-winning auto announcer and above arch auto analyzer for The New York Times and Detroit Free Press. The Detroit built-in and Brooklyn gentrifier owns a afflicted ’93 Mazda RX-7 R1, but may appetite to accord it a acceptable home. Email him at Lawrence.ulrich@gmail.com

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