2010 is the 20th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5 Miata and, as usual, it has people talking. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most popular sports car with over 855,000 sales since 1990, when it was first introduced. Since that time, the Miata has been the standard for every lightweight roadster to come out after. Originally modeled after the 1962 Lotus Elan, the MX-5 Miata is still turning heads.<br>
For the 2010 model, the inside has only a few minor changes such as the new auxiliary socket to fit in an iPod. Among other changes are a softer trim, a new fuel economy gauge on the dashboard, and a more ergonomic cup-holder. <br>
The outside of the 2010 Mazda MX-5 has a few changes as well. The trunk lid now sports a small rear spoiler and the bumpers are a bit wider to help with air-flow issues. Taillights now protrude as is now fashionable in Japan. Headlights are also slanted upward a little more than before.<br>
The real news with the 2010 Mazda MX-5 is all under the hood. The 2.0L MZR engine operates at 170 horsepower at 7,000 rpm, instead of the 6,700 as from before. This tweaking has the red line marked at 7,500 rpm, up 500. To enable the inline 4-cylinder MZR engine to take the increased rpm, the MX-5 borrowed a few features from the engine featured in the Mazda 6. The Mazda fitted pistons have full-floating wristpins with a forged crankshaft. Torque is measured at 140 lb/ft at 5,000 rpm. The results of the new MZR engine are a 0-60 mph time of 7.4 seconds. To complement the engine, a new carbon-coated manual 6-speed transmission is the best option but a 6-speed automatic is available.