Mazda Miata Shooting Brake Looks Like a Modern Breed Van in Crisp Renderings

The most powerful Miata makes only 181 horsepower. By today’s standards, that’s almost ridiculously low, especially for a car that tries to make itself appear somewhat sporty. Yes, it’s light enough by similar standards (2,370 lbs/1,075 kg), but not enough to deliver an enviable power-to-weight ratio. Without taking out our calculator, we know it’s going to be below 170 hp/ton (well, we ran the calculator app and it’s 168 hp/ton).

OK, maybe the low power output is deceiving. Maybe it magically has a lot more to offer than other vehicles. No, it can’t be. 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration takes about six seconds, and top speed sits at 134 mph (216 km/h). Both are good value, but you have a similar number of diesel hatchbacks these days.

So why has Mazda’s little convertible got such a big no-no? Well, it’s all about keeping things simple and staying true to the roots of the whole roadster idea. The Miata has the right materials and the right amount: it has enough power to be perky but not over the top, it has a manual transmission (automatic is an option, but you need to give yourself a good look at the mirrors) if you buy one without the stick), it has rear-wheel-drive, it’s lightweight, it has a naturally aspirated engine that needs to work to get the most, and it has responsive steering that Guaranteed to keep the driver involved when the road is straight.

They are things you can read about all day, but you really need to experience for yourself if you want to understand what they are. Like ice cream: We can sit here and tell you that it’s cold, sweet, savory, and creamy, but if you’ve never had one before, our description will be nothing compared to the real thing.

The only drawback some people may find with the Japanese roadster is its lack of practicality. It’s a two-seater, of course, but its trunk might be a little too short for a couple. And then there’s the whole not-so-ceiling aspect that not everyone is too crazy about. Some people happily trade it for more room in the rear and the extra physical stiffness that comes with a closed cabin.

Mazda is partially meeting this need with the RF model (retractable fastback), but arguably a better option would be the Shooting Brake version. The body style is made famous by BMW’s Z3 Coupe, its shape earning it the not-so-flattering nicknames of “bread van” or “clown shoe”, but the model nonetheless still enjoys something close to cult status. Used to be.

The MX-5/Miata has what it needs to be replicated in modern times, and this rendering proves it beyond doubt. The extra weight will probably be negligible and can be easily offset by squeezing a bit more power out of the 2.0-liter engine. The fact that most of it sits on the rear wheels can’t be a bad thing as it will help increase traction.

Unlike the BMW model, the Miata has no reason to fear any derogatory nickname as its proportions look spot-on. If anything, it makes us wish Mazda would give it a slightly longer wheelbase, two more seats, and a little more oomph. With that design, those features to handle, and added practicality, the Japanese company would sit on a gold mine. That’s probably not true, but it would still make hell for a car.

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