Here’s how it all started: We were having a fun day at the Mazda Fun2Drive event at PitStop Karting arena, trying out Mazda’s new line up. Suddenly, as I turned my head towards the track, I saw the most beautiful creature I had ever laid eyes on. Dressed in red and ready to impress, the body was to die for, all curvy on the sides as it should be, the lips and eyes were a perfect match, it had that wild beauty and aggressive stare with a Japanese flair: “the Mazda MX-5 Miata” was simply gorgeous.
On that day, I couldn’t resist taking it for a spin on the tracks and seeing if it is was exciting to drive as it was to look at. Two laps on the track were super electrifying with the Mazda fun driving sensation; however, we couldn’t get enough, so we decided to drive it for a weekend and see if the new Miata is a true Geisha. Being fun to drive is not always about speed, adrenaline, and super cars. Being fun to drive is all about enjoying the driving experience while having the perfect balance between power, drivability, looks, and driving sensation. Well, it was time to put the new Miata to the test.
First, let me start by saying that Mazda did an awesome job in keeping the true original spirit of the Miata it its fourth generation. The Mazda roadster still has its own character and personality as it did from day one, rolling out of the Japanese factory. If we want to address the looks, in my personal opinion, it has a very distinguished design. It combines toughness with magical curviness.
The Mazda MX-5 is truly charming from the outside; the perfect lines on the hood, diving their way down to the front façade, creates a perfect match with the new front bumper design attached to the lower, sporty-looking lips and perfectly sorted with the all-new Mazda headlights coming all the way from a sexy, curvy, and a little bit muscly formed fenders. Moving to the sides, you can clearly see that this baby has the perfect lines all the way to the rear. The taillights are extremely well defined and swept into the sides, just before reaching the wide rear fenders, which are slightly wider than the front, giving the MX-5 the aerodynamics it needs for perfect air sliding on drive mode. Oh, and yes, it is a convertible that looks absolutely stunning with the top down, or up. So the MX-5 has the perfect fit body for a dancer, but can it dance?
Dancing requires gracefulness, power, emotion, and joy. The all-new Mazda MX-5 surely has the body for it, but we wanted to see if it had it all. We took the Miata for a weekend drive, and we were truly astonished by its drivability.
A 2.0 L SKYACTIV Drive 4-cylinder Mazda engine generating 155 HP and coped with a six-speed Tiptronic Transmission is what powers the MX-5. When needed, this engine has the perfect balance between economical and powerful drive. During our journey, we took the Miata uphill for a cruise around the Lebanese mountains. The power performed when needed, and the fuel economy was impressive. On those mountainous curves, the Miata was truly sliding from side to the other; the accuracy of the steering system is not to be compared. Assisted by the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), ABS (Anti-lock Braking system), and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), for that extra Mazda road safety touch, added to the Rear-Wheel Drive system, I was having a hassle-free and fun driving experience resembling that special dance you always pledged for with your high school queen on prom night.
The sun was shining, Miata’s top was down, and the light mountainous breeze was playing with our hair while we sat comfortably in those heated, black leather seats with red stiches. That it is what comfort and fun is all about. Being well positioned in an amiable, reliable, and perfectly designed cabinet can truly reflect the feeling you get inside the all-new Miata. Mazda have used almost the same interior layout in all its new vehicles, but the Miata is still the most unique. The inside cabinet was perfectly laid, and the use of black leather and red stitching all over gave it a sporty look. My personal favorite touch was the door panels with black leather and red stitching, black plastic with a sporty pattern trim, and most attractive, the combination of the body color with the coded upper door panel and chrome brushed handles. What a combination!
The MX-5 comes equipped with tons of features to keep you entertained, safe, and connected, such as Blind Sport Monitoring, Daytime Running Lamps (LED), Advanced Keyless Entry with Push-Button Engine Start, Ambient Temperature Display, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Control, Paddle Shifts Gear Control, Rear-View Mirror with Auto Dimming Function, 7-inch Full Color Touch Screen Display, Parking Sensors (Rear & Corner), Internet Radio Integration via Aha Application, Auxiliary Audio Input Jack, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone and Audio Capability, USB-audio Input Port (IPod Compatible), Multi-function Commander Control, 9 Speakers Bose with 2-in Speakers in the Driver and Passenger-seat Headrests, Front and Side Airbags (Passenger and Driver) Screw Driver Tool Kit, and Burglar Alarm.
No wonder this car swept all auto journalist and experts off their feet and collected so many awards such as the 2016 World Car of the Year Award and the 2016 World Car Design of the Year Award.
Finally, the definition of Geisha as per Wikipedia is the following: “Geisha (芸者 ?), Geiko/Geigi (芸妓) are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various arts such as classical music, dance, games and conversation, mainly to entertain customers”. I can firmly state that the all-New Mazda MX-5, Miata, is the perfect translation of a Human Geisha into a car.
One expression sums it up: “ Fun2Drive”.