I gotta say, I don't think I agree - the power:weight ratio as advertised by both companies indicates an advantage for the MX-5, but indications gleaned from drives show the Sol' is prolly living up to its promise.Delnari said:Given the weight difference, smaller wheels, and better gear ratios (6-speeds have closer ratio than 5-speeds), the new MX-5 should beat the stock Solstice in all performance catagories, except 0-100 times and quarter mile, maybe. Like others said, the styling of the Solstice is so fresh and better looking than the MX-5 it will be a favorite with all ladies.
If this bothers anyone, then head to upgrades for better performance numbers and keep those stock MX-5's in the rearview mirror. Remember, 100 lbs translates into 15 hp giving the MX-5 a 40-50 hp advantage over the Solstice.
However, I haven't seen anyone allowed to test an MX-5 yet. They better get a 0-60 time of under 7 seconds, or they are underreporting mass (2474 Curb) or overreporting engine power (170hp).
I have a feeling the MX5 also will come in pretty close to the Sol in terms of grip. We haven't seen any of the Portland articles for Solstice (until after end of Aug), but we've seen most of the MX5 articles about driving in Hawaii.
Then there's less tangibles, like structural feel, size of the cockpit, and all the other tradeoffs (no tonneau vs. breeze to operate top, etc.).
In fact, I wouldn't be surprized if the two cars are pretty much indistinguishable from a "numbers" standpoint.
We'll see, I may get to drive an MX5 in a week or so...