But how does it drive?

And yes, you can do doughnuts on a dime, once you knock off the traction control

But how does it drive?
We have to say, that with the new hard top, exterior noises are kept at bay. Where a soft top would let in the sound of the street, most of the noise you’d be hearing is the drone of the 2.0 NA straight 4, which is longitudinally-mounted in traditional fashion, and sited as far back into the engine bay as possible, to keep a neutral balance.

There are some of us, who’d likely feel that more power and torque delivered from the 2.0 is a must, but after pitching the little Mazda around a series of tight bends, you’d realise that the 156Bhp maximum is really all you need. Power delivery is quite liner, and throttle response is accurate. Squeeze the throttle around a bend, and the rear responds, giving minor oversteer. Give it the beans and the traction control kicks in, keeping the rear well behaved. And yes, you can do doughnuts on a dime, once you knock off the traction control.

There is some difference though, when the roof goes down, you would experience some chassis flex when pitching the car around a similar series of tight bends, as compared to when the roof is up, even while the roof is held in place with a few moving parts; it is quite noticeable, from within the car, with slight movement between the steering column and dash.

Conclusion
What may not be a car for most, is certainly a car for those who want something that delivers a direct connection to the road. There are a number of cabriolets out there, but most are not this connected. The “Retractable Fastback” also gives you the best of both worlds. Mazda’s committed engineers have put their dedication in producing one of the best sports cars in the world, since 1989. Being awarded 2016 World Car of the Year, and World Car Design of the Year, speaks volumes about such simple fundamentals realised in a car this well built.

In Summary

We Like

Great handling as always, hardtop keeps the noise out, and brings “Targa” styling to the masses

We Don't

Looks odd from some angles

Verdict

For those, who are not power hungry, but appreciate the satisfaction of a great drive, be it going to Giant to shop a bit, or going out on a giant trip

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Engine

Engine Capacity 1998cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Bore x Stroke (83.5 x 91.2)mm
Power 158bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 200Nm @ 4600rpm
Power to Weight 140.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 198 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed 6 Speed Skyactive Drive
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Coupe
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3915 x 1735 x 1230) mm
Wheelbase 2310 mm
Kerb Weight 1125 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs