Topless in Scotland: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Tested on Ignition

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We’ve sung the praises of the 2016 Mazda Miata again and again, but the latest episode of Ignition still has us wishing for a topless day in the all-new roadster. Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman tries his hand at the latest Miata on the wet roads of Scotland, taking the Euro-spec MX-5 through some magnificent country scenery. First though, the kilt-clad Lieberman lays on some history. He explains how the so-called father of the Miata, Bob Hall, who was at the time writing for MT, had a conversation with Mazda’s president in which he was asked what kind of car the company should make. Hall said it should be lightweight, small, and affordable. It should offer the joy of British roadsters with the reliability of Japanese cars. Now, more than 25 years later, the 2016 Mazda Miata is following that same formula. The car in the video is a 1.5-liter, 128-hp example which is not headed to U.S. shores (we get only the 2.0-liter 155-hp model). But regardless of the lower-output engine, Lieberman keeps coming back to how great the car handles. Like every Miata we’ve known, the driving enjoyment you get from this car comes from your feeling of involvement, which comes from the precise steering, crisp shifter, and open-top experience. After avoiding some wide-load semi trucks on tiny Scottish roads, Lieberman and the 2016 Mazda Miata make for more open terrain. Isolated roads through rolling hills prove the ultimate home for a tight-handling car like the Miata, leading Lieberman to dub it, “The very definition of driving fun.” Check out the video below for the full review. Or, do as Lieberman recommends with your own 2016 Mazda Miata: “Go out on the weekend, find your favorite road, and murder it.”

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