December 2, 2020
car

The Miata Is a Better Sports Car Than the S2000

Photo credit: Syd Cummings
Photo credit: Syd Cummings

From Road & Track

The S2000 is an incredible feat of engineering. The AP1’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder revs to 9000 rpm. The engine makes more horsepower per liter than any other naturally aspirated car, and is mated to probably the best gearbox ever installed on a production car. It’s my attainable dream car, one that I still can’t help but smile at every time I walk by. But it’s not a better sports car than the ND2 Miata.

Photo credit: Mack Hogan
Photo credit: Mack Hogan

This wasn’t easy to swallow. Because I long maintained that all I needed was a Miata, until a chance opportunity to drive an S2000 at an autocross course fell into my lap. From the second that AP2 crested 6000 RPM, the VTEC light has shone brightly within me. No Miata would ever be special enough, I thought. Great cars, sure, but in frequent arguments in

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