Originally Posted by Grantofhell
News to me :O
Yep. The 1994-1997 Miata had a 1.8-litre straight four engine that only put out about 130hp, but the curb weight was only a bit shy of 2,200lbs. A Lotus Elise is a tad under 2,000lbs. So a Miata is pretty f*cking
It's perfect for me as a college student as well. With a 5-speed manual (I'll shoot you if you buy an automatic Miata) you can easily get 30+mpg. Filling up is only $30 or so since the fuel tank is about 10 gallons. You're not required to fill it up with 91 Octane either since it's not a high compression engine.
Originally Posted by Cabbs
Near 50/50 weight balance too.
It pretty much has a 50/50 weight distribution.
Quite a few cars have it...I know the BMW E36 was highly regarded in that matter. Both coupe and sedans have roughly 50/50 weight distribution. If you look in my engine bay, that straight six is pushed as far back into the firewall as possible without making it inconvenient to work on the engine.
I know the Z4 and S2000 are about 50/50 as well. Most roadsters will just because of the nature of their design (driver sits right in front of rear axle, engine above or behind the front axles etc).