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The Brief: 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

Don’t drive an MX-5!

Also, don’t travel to Hawaii, don’t eat at a Michelin 3-star restaurant and never, ever have a threesome with the two hottest people you know. A little too far? I don’t think so.

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

You see, the Mazda MX-5 is one of the last remaining, purest automotive delights in the world. And it’s an affordable one by comparison. You could spend 3 months at the best hotel in Old Orchard, Maine, for the price of one week on the Big Island, or feed yourself for another three months at McDonald’s for one meal at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at the Plaza Athénée Hotel in Paris. I’ll leave the threesome alone here…

In the car world, the equal to a $32k MX-5 in driving experience could easily back you up more than $150k; I’m not kidding. But it’s more than that. I wouldn’t recommend picking up a 25-year old pre-chewed steak or taking a canoe to Honolulu but I would certainly and strongly support your decision to purchase an early MX-5, or any Miata from any model-year or generation.

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

Mazda’s latest MX-5, the RF, is arguably the prettiest ever to leave Mazda’s Hiroshima’s assembly plant. I’m a sucker for the original Miata, launched for the 1990 model year and its pop-up headlights. I love pop-up headlights! The RF weighs a little more that the soft-top iteration and the suspension’s been recalibrated to offset the extra girth but all the pleasure remains.

The MX-5’s greatest attribute is, well, everything about it. My personal favourite is its throttle response. Although it “only” has 155 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, it feels infinitely faster than the numbers suspect. It’s always on, always at the ready to go. Then, there’s the shifter, the brakes, the steering and the handling. The MX-5 is sure- and light-footed, delicate and tenacious.

And, unlike the trip, meal or potentially expensive carnal adventure, the Miata will be with you for along as you please. Even with a decimated wallet, the Miata’s reliable and frugal behaviour will never let you down. Let’s not forget that it is now an appreciating asset as well.

What a car!


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