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2016 Mazda Miata Goes Head 2 Head with Subaru BRZ

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/6/2015 Kelly Pleskot
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In the latest episode of "Head 2 Head," we pit two seemingly similar sports cars against one another and crown a winner. The Subaru BRZ may have the power advantage, but is that enough to take on the all-new 2016 Mazda Miata ?

The Miata packs 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque in its 2.0-liter inline-four, slotting below the 200 hp and 151 lb-ft produced by the BRZ's 2.0-liter flat-four. But when it comes down to weight, the Miata benefits from a significantly lighter body. Thanks to this advantage, the Miata is able to hit 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds, quicker than the BRZ's 6.3 seconds.

Since numbers don't paint the entire picture, former road test editor Carlos Lago and race car champ Randy Pobst hit the pavement to see how differently the cars behaved from one another. That's when both drivers point out that the Miata is fun and light, but has a significant amount of body roll. Meanwhile, the BRZ has an entirely different, more planted feel.

Check out the video aboveto see the two cars in action. Also make sure to read our full comparison of these two sports cars.


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