“It’s important not to get hung up on numbers. Not on power, or torque. No, what is more important is the feeling. The driving experience and feeling is more important than power. In my mind it just has to be fun to drive,” Nobuhiro Yamamoto, programme manager of the latest Mazda MX-5, told Top Gear.
Do you agree with the thinking behind the MX-5?
Unlike some philosophies that aren’t debated because they’re too abstract, this is one of those things that divide car enthusiasts. One is no less a petrolhead if he’s in the turbocharged hot hatch camp, sniggering at this red ND as a wimpy machine for poseurs.
On the other hand, there are those who swear by the joys of a sporty naturally-aspirated engine, more so when it’s allied to a lightweight RWD chassis. There’s also much to be said about the open-top experience, which you must know it to love it.
You’ve undoubtedly read fantastic things about this fantastic little car, but it really isn’t for everyone, even many car enthusiasts. Here’s why.